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Wicklow Way Guided Tour

Glenmalure to Dublin City Centre

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Crossing the Wicklow Mountains and finishing in Dublin city on our beautiful 6 night/ 7 day Wicklow Way Guided Tour.   This classic Irish hiking trail starts in the picturesque village of Glenmalure, in the heart of county Wicklow, and takes the group on an adventure through several  pretty little Irish country towns and villages where you can experience real authentic Irish hospitality.

This is one of the greatest trails you can enjoy while hiking in Ireland. You will be transferred from Dublin City Centre to Glenmalure, Ireland’s longest glacial valley, where you will spend tonight enjoying spectacular mountain views. Glendalough Valley, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, is one of the highlights of this walking tour both for its cultural importance and natural beauty. Step back in time in Glendalough with its 6th century monastic site and beautiful lakes. As the trail ascends you will be able to spot Lough Dan and Lough Tay, the lakes where popular TV series ‘Vikings’ is filmed. The walk finishes in the Victorian gardens of Marlay Park, 5km from Dublin’s lively city centre. There is something for everybody in Dublin, from festivals, markets and a lively night life to plenty of culture and heritage. Don’t miss Trinity College impressive library which houses The Book of Kells, Ireland’s most famous manuscript.

Walkers on The Wicklow Way will be following a variety of trails from quiet country roads (boreens) to forests, mountain paths and bogs. The terrain can be demanding in sections but achievable for walkers with average fitness. If you do take on the challenge, you will be rewarded with fantastic scenery and a wealth of history, as well as legendary Irish warmth and hospitality.  Relax in the knowledge that your accommodation, transfer from Dublin city to Glenmalure, day to day luggage transfers and breakfast as well as dinner are included.  You and group will benefit from the company of our friendly and knowledgeable guide who will look after you and give you a local insight into the trail, the sights and the rich heritage of the trail and region.

This guided tour departs on specific dates only and the next available tour departs September 3th 2017.  For help, contact us.

Trip highlights

  • Experience the wilderness and beauty of the Wicklow Mountains in the company of our friendly knowledgeable guide
  • Travel back in time at Glendalough's 6th century monastic village
  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of Dublin City
  • Day to day Luggage Transfers
  • Full Board with ensuite accommodations

1 Glenmalure

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Transfer from Dublin City Centre to Glenmalure where you will stay tonight. At dinner this evening you will meet your group and your guide who will give you an overlook at the next few days hiking and answer any questions that you may have. Sleep well tonight your guided walk begins tomorrow after breakfast.

2 Glenmalure to Laragh - 14km

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You will wake up in the U-shaped glacial valley of Glenmalure, which at over 16km is the longest glacial valley in the UK and Ireland. After a good breakfast this morning your walk will begin.  Today is a short walking day and will allow you to gain altitude in your own time to make the most of the spectacular scenery in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains. Stay tonight in Laragh.

3 Glendalough Loop (Stay again in Laragh)

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Today you will do the Glendalough Loop. Hike to explore the remains of the 6th century monastic village of Glendalough, once referred to as the ‘centre of learning in Europe’. The highlights of this area include an 8th century, 36m tall, round tower; the 12th century cathedral; an abandoned lead/zinc mine, and the eerie St. Saviours Priory. Stay tonight again in Laragh.

4 Laragh to Roundwood (Staying in Laragh)

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This is a pleasant walking day as you walk to Roundwood. You leave the beautiful Glendalough valley behind you and walk today along a mixture of peaceful forest trails, mountain paths and boreens.  You will get a transfer tonight and once again stay in Laragh.

5 Roundwood to Enniskerry

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5H30 |+655m / -746 m

Transfer this morning from Laragh to back to Roundwood where you will resume your Wicklow Way walk.
This is a lovely section of The Wicklow Way, taking walkers across the tops of mountains with amazing views of both mountains and the coast. As you leave Old Bridge you will be ascending the ridge around Lough Dan looking down on to the location where the television series Vikings is filmed. Continuing along here you will have the perfect vantage point to view Loch Tay, a dark brown peaty lake, flanked on one side by a white sandy beach, which resembles a pint of Guinness (fittingly this area is owned by the Guinness family).
From this point you will once again head North, through forest over White Hill and on to the exposed moorland of Djouce Mountain (one of Wicklows best know mountains). As you descend off Djouce you will be able to see the Powerscourt estate and its waterfall, before finishing your walk at your accommodation in the Glencree Valley. Transfer from Knockree to your accommodation tonight in Enniskerry.

6 Enniskerry to Dublin City Centre

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Morning transfer back to Knockree where you will resume your walk.

Another great day walking The Wicklow Way today over mountain tops and along forest tracks. With the city of Dublin beginning to come into view your destination is within reach. When you arrive at the Cairn (a man-made pile or stack of stones at the top of a mountain) at Two Rock, you can see the whole of Dublin City and Bay in one impressive panoramic vista. From this point it will be all downhill until you reach the beautiful Georgian estate of Marlay Park where The Wicklow Way finishes. Originally Marlay Park was a walled manor house with over 300 acres of land. It is an idyllic location for a tea or coffee before making your way into Dublin city centre.

Transfer from Marley Park into Dublin city centre from here where you will stay tonight. Sample a pint after a tour of the Guinness Store House, view the magnificent book of Kells in Trinity College, be magically transported back in time when you visit the National Museum of Ireland or simply relax strolling Saint Stephens Green. There is always something going on in Dublin: theatre, festivals, markets, concerts… we recommend you spend a couple of days to discover this bustling and lively city.  After breakfast the next day your 6 night guided tour ends, we hope you made some incredible memories.

Hotels and guest houses on The Wicklow Way have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. Accommodation displayed is subject to availability and if the hotel/guest house described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort and price.

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This family friendly and family-run hotel has a cosy restaurant and lounge overflowing with atmosphere and old memorabilia paying homage to the area’s rich and colourful history. Open fires and great food with plenty of good comfortable seating add to its interesting character and old world charm. You will be staying right on the trail.

Laragh - Standard

This evening you will be staying in a friendly guest house in a picturesque location on The Wicklow Way.

Laragh - Standard

This evening you will be staying in a friendly guest house in a picturesque location on The Wicklow Way.

Laragh - Standard

This evening you will be staying in a friendly guest house in a picturesque location on The Wicklow Way.

Enniskerry - Standard

This evening you will be staying in a friendly country house in a peaceful idyllic setting with large gardens surrounded by woodland, just minutes from The Wicklow Way. Your hosts will be able to arrange a transfer for you into the charming village of Enniskerry for dinner and entertainment.

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We have chosen a modern hotel in the heart of Dublin city centre as your accommodation at the end of your tour with us, along The Wicklow Way. Our hotels will be rated 3 stars or higher, ensuring you get a chance to relax and recharge after your week of walking.

Enniskerry Average Temperature & Rainfall

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How to get there

Dublin Airport 10km- City Centre:

Option1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Aircoach | Travel time 0H30, leaving every 15-30min | Fare €6 approx. one way.

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Option 2: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station).