Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way

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Dublin / Bunclody

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Availability:
April - October

from 95 km
Distance
from 7 days/ 6 nights
Duration
Breakfasts
Meals
Hotels and Country Cottages
Accommodation
from 643€ per person
Price


Distance
from 95 km

Duration
from 7 days/ 6 nights

Meals
Breakfasts

Accommodation
Hotels and Country Cottages

Price
from 643€ per person
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If you want to enjoy a holiday among lakes, mountains and monuments, the Walking trip along the Wicklow Way is the ideal experience to visit the best of Ireland starting with its capital, Dublin.

You will walk along the oldest path on the island, walking around multiple monuments dating back centuries, while following a path in a southerly direction that will allow you to get to know a great diversity of land and seascapes: mountains, glaciers, forests, streams and even farmland.

You’ll visit the Glenmalure Valley Glacier, as well as the Wicklow Mountains and the famous Lough Tay, known as Guinness Lake, for its shades similar to those of Guinness beer: a mixture of white and brown. So, even if it seems so, nothing has to do with the book of records. However, it is very worth contemplating its immensity in the middle of the mountains.

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.









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Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way - 7 days/ 6 nights

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Arrival in Dublin

Today you will arrive in Dublin, the Irish capital, where you can start your route in the best way by visiting historical monuments in order to start getting to know its culture before you start your walking days.

Also, remember that Ireland is famous for its pubs, so don't hesitate to try some of its typical beers and revel in the Irish nightlife.

Overnight: Dublín

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From Dublin to Enniskerry

The start of Wicklow Way is at Marlay Park, a public park on the outskirts of Dublin. You should take a bus there to begin your first day of walking.

You will walk through several forests and glens, always in the south of the island. Just before you leave County Dublin, you'll cross Glencullen Forest, then head into County Wicklow, which gives the route its name.

To get to your accommodation tonight, take a left turn on the L1011 road to head to Enniskerry. On the same journey, about 5 kilometres in length, you will have to return tomorrow to continue your walk.

Length: 21 km

Overnight: Enniskerry

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From Enniskerry to Laragh

Today, halfway through your route, you'll get to know the tallest waterfall in all of Ireland, more than 120 metres high, the Powerscourt Waterfall, which you'll find in the middle of Maulin Mountain. Then you will continue to advance towards Mount Djouce, whose ascent will give you some difficulty, but when you get to the top, the satisfaction will be immense.

As you progress and approach Roundwood, you'll see Lough Tay nearby. The best point to observe it will be from the J. B. Malone Memorial, a memorial stone located at a strategic point that serves as a viewpoint and that pays homage to the Irish climber John James Bernard, who gave recognition to the Wicklow Way, proposing it as a walking trail in 1966.

You'll continue through the mountains of Wicklow National Park and find yourself along the way to where the island's largest glaciers intersect, including the Glendalough Glacier Valley.

To finish your hike today, near the end of the tour you will have to take a detour along the Old Military Road and walk a couple of kilometres parallel to River Glenmacnass until you reach the centre of Laragh, where you will spend the night.

Very close to Laragh is the village of Glendalough, which we suggest you visit, as it is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. If you have plenty of time, we would recommend that you request one more night in Laragh when making your reservation so you can get to know and tour Glendalough with more time and less haste.

Length: 29 km

Overnight: Laragh

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From Laragh to Glenmalure

Today's will be a walk almost entirely through mountains until you reach Glenmalure Valley, your destination for today. To get started, you'll need to head back along the Old Military Road a couple of kilometres to join the official Wicklow Way route again.

After crossing the village of Glendalough, you'll find yourself on your right with the 'Glendalough Lower Lake', which will be the starting point for a route that will take you through the mountains, and on a climb, until you find the Poulanass Waterfall.

You'll continue your way parallel to 'Glendalough Upper Lake', with some unevenness, via a path with wooden steps that will make the tour much more bearable. You will climb to the peak of Mount Mullacor (660 m.), from where the panoramic view of the Lugnaquilla mountain (925 m.), the highest in Ireland, will be unmatched.

Then start the descent to travel the last few kilometres of your fifth day of walking to the centre of Glenmalure Valley.

Length: 17 km

Overnight: Glenmalure

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From 'Iron Bridge' to Glenmalure

For today's route, after breakfast, you'll have a private transfer that will take about 15 minutes and take you to the Iron Bridge Parking, located very close to the River Ow and from there, you'll have to make your daily walk again towards Glenmalure.

You will have the opportunity to walk amidst hundreds of pine trees and delight in all the hills and valleys that surround the Glenmalure Valley, while walking along the route you have already taken by car, even if it was not exactly along the same path.

Length: 14 km

Overnight: Glenmalure

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From 'Iron Bridge' to Tinahely

Today, again, you will be taken on a private transfer, after breakfast, to the Iron Bridge Parking. This time, your route will continue south. You'll start walking in the middle of the mountains and forests.

Halfway through, you’ll find the town of Moyne and, for a good part of the journey, including the passage through Moyne, you will walk parallel to a river, although from the route you may not get to see it.

Tinahely, your destination for today, is a small town with around 1000 inhabitants, but is well-recognised for its flea market in the centre located in a square that has a particular triangle shape.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Tinahely

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Return from Tinahely

After breakfast, today you end your Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way with Santiago Ways.* You will need to take one of the buses from Bunclody to Dublin, whose frequency is approximately two a day. We suggest you check the schedules well in advance.

*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities of the walking holiday along the Wicklow Way.

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Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way - 10 days/ 9 nights

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Arrival in Dublin

Today you will arrive in Dublin, the Irish capital, where you can start your route in the best way by visiting historical monuments in order to start getting to know its culture before you start your walking days.

Also, remember that Ireland is famous for its pubs, so don't hesitate to try some of its typical beers and revel in the Irish nightlife.

Overnight: Dublín

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From Dublin to Enniskerry

The start of Wicklow Way is at Marlay Park, a public park on the outskirts of Dublin. You should take a bus there to begin your first day of walking.

You will walk through several forests and glens, always in the south of the island. Just before you leave County Dublin, you'll cross Glencullen Forest, then head into County Wicklow, which gives the route its name.

To get to your accommodation tonight, take a left turn on the L1011 road to head to Enniskerry. On the same journey, about 5 kilometres in length, you will have to return tomorrow to continue your walk.

Length: 21 km

Overnight: Enniskerry

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From Enniskerry to Roundwood

Today, halfway through your route, you'll get to know the tallest waterfall in all of Ireland, more than 120 metres high, the Powerscourt Waterfall, which you'll find in the middle of Maulin Mountain. Then you will continue to advance towards Mount Djouce, whose ascent will give you some difficulty, but when you get to the top, the satisfaction will be immense.

From the peak of the Djouce, you can see the port of Dublin as well as the famous Great Sugar Loaf peak, 500 metres high and northeast of the Wicklow Mountains, located just above the village of Kilmacanogue.

As you progress and approach Roundwood, you'll see Lough Tay nearby. The best point to observe it will be from the J. B. Malone Memorial, a memorial stone located at a strategic point that serves as a viewpoint and that pays homage to the Irish climber John James Bernard, who gave recognition to the Wicklow Way, proposing it as a walking trail in 1966.

Afterwards, you will start a descent towards the Luggala Valley, and you will have to deviate a little from the official route to reach your accommodation.

Length: 25 km

Overnight: Roundwood

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From Roundwood to Laragh

On this day, a much shorter and simpler path than yesterday awaits you, crossing some trails through silent forests that will fill your route with tranquillity.

You'll continue through the mountains of Wicklow National Park and find yourself along the way to where the island's largest glaciers intersect, including the Glendalough Glacier Valley.

To finish your hike today, near the end of the tour you will have to take a detour along the Old Military Road and walk a couple of kilometres parallel to River Glenmacnass until you reach the centre of Laragh, where you will spend the night.

Very close to Laragh is the village of Glendalough, which we suggest you visit, as it is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. If you have plenty of time, we would recommend that you request one more night in Laragh when making your reservation so you can get to know and tour Glendalough with more time and less haste.

Length: 10 km

Overnight: Laragh

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From Laragh to Glenmalure

Today's will be a walk almost entirely through mountains until you reach Glenmalure Valley, your destination for today. To get started, you'll need to head back along the Old Military Road a couple of kilometres to join the official Wicklow Way route again.

After crossing the village of Glendalough, you'll find yourself on your right with the 'Glendalough Lower Lake', which will be the starting point for a route that will take you through the mountains, and on a climb, until you find the Poulanass Waterfall.

You'll continue your way parallel to 'Glendalough Upper Lake', with some unevenness, via a path with wooden steps that will make the tour much more bearable. You will climb to the peak of Mount Mullacor (660 m.), from where the panoramic view of the Lugnaquilla mountain (925 m.), the highest in Ireland, will be unmatched.

Then start the descent to travel the last few kilometres of your fifth day of walking to the centre of Glenmalure Valley.

Length: 17 km

Overnight: Glenmalure

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From 'Iron Bridge' to Glenmalure

For today's route, after breakfast, you'll have a private transfer that will take about 15 minutes and take you to the Iron Bridge Parking, located very close to the River Ow and from there, you'll have to make your daily walk again towards Glenmalure.

You will have the opportunity to walk amidst hundreds of pine trees and delight in all the hills and valleys that surround the Glenmalure Valley, while walking along the route you have already taken by car, even if it was not exactly along the same path.

Length: 14 km

Overnight: Glenmalure

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From 'Iron Bridge' to Tinahely

Today, again, you will be taken on a private transfer, after breakfast, to the Iron Bridge Parking. This time, your route will continue south. You'll start walking in the middle of the mountains and forests.

Halfway through, you’ll find the town of Moyne and, for a good part of the journey, including the passage through Moyne, you will walk parallel to a river, although from the route you may not get to see it.

Tinahely, your destination for today, is a small town with around 1000 inhabitants, but is well-recognised for its flea market in the centre located in a square that has a particular triangle shape.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Tinahely

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From Tinahely to Shillelagh

When you leave Tinahely, the first thing you will do will be to walk about 300 metres along the L3205, cross the River Derry and then turn left and walk a couple of kilometres northwest until you join again to the Wicklow Way route.

Today's walk will be much more urban than wooded, as on other days. You will walk on roads, although always surrounded by green and, as you progress, in the highest points, you will see some windmills.

Halfway through, you will find the town of Mullinacuffe and a small church that bears the same name. As a curious fact, we tell you that Shillelagh, your destination for today, gives its name to the renowned wooden staff typical of Ireland and its folklore.

Length: 25 km

Overnight: Shillelagh

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From Shillelagh to Bunclody

Today you will walk to Clonegal and, there, you will have a transfer included to Bunclody, where you will spend your last official night on the Wicklow Way. However, if you have been left wanting more, do not hesitate to ask us to organize an additional night when you make your reservation.

At the beginning of this final day of walking you will pass through multiple forests and farmland. You will also cross a bridge of about 3 kilometres in length to reach the small village of Clonegal, where you can visit the famous Osbourne Bar.

A couple of miles before you reach Clonegal, you'll cross the Wicklow County border to enter County Carlow. Your destination for today, Bunclody, in County Wexford, is the largest city on the Wicklow Way. That is, on your last day, you will visit three different counties in Ireland.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Bunclody

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Return from Bunclody

After breakfast, today you end your Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way with Santiago Ways.* You will need to take one of the buses from Bunclody to Dublin, whose frequency is approximately two a day. We suggest you check the schedules well in advance.

*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities of the walking holiday along the Wicklow Way.

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General information

All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

Dublin

Dublin

Enniskerry

Enniskerry

Roundwood

Roundwood

Laragh

Laragh

Glenmalure

Glenmalure

Tinahely

Tinahely

Shillelagh

Shillelagh

Bunclody

Bunclody

Included Services

checkAccommodation in Hotels and Country Cottages.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkInformative dossier of your Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way.

checkLuggage transport between stages.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

checkVAT.

Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: to consult.

checkExtra nights (breakfast included): to consult.

checkTravel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

checkCancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

In order to resolve our travellers’ doubts, we answer, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

Route

What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

This route is available between the months of April and October.

How do I get to the starting point?

To start this walking trip along the Wicklow Way, the best option is to get to Dublin Airport, accessible from all airports in Europe and England. From there, you can take a bus to your first accommodation.

When you finish the trip, the best option to return from Bunclody or Tinahely is to take a bus to Dublin from Busaras Station. From Dublin city centre to the airport, you can use the same option as on arrival, but in the opposite direction.

Remember, we can arrange a private transfer both at the beginning and end of your route. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.

This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

When can I start my trail?

You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

Does this route have an accompanying guide?

All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

What does the full route itinerary contain?

The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make the reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer work between stages?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this,we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways.If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?

All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.

What kind of accommodation do you book?

All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.

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Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way