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The Wicklow Way - 10 Days & 9 Nights

10 Days & 9 Nights 4.3 Read 15 reviews
  • Exploring the amazing ruins of Glendalough’s 6th century Monastic City
  • Walking through the majestic Glenmalure Glacial Valley
  • Experiencing the famous Irish hospitality at friendly hand-picked B&B’s
  • Taking a rest to soak in some of the best views Ireland has to offer
  • Sipping a pint of the ‘black stuff’ to reward your achievement
The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest way-marked trail, pioneered by famous hill walker, J.B. Malone. This popular walk stretches from just south of Dublin, through the Wicklow Mountains and on to County Carlow, to reveal some of the most spectacular views in the Emerald Isle. Hike past Ireland’s highest waterfall and discover why the tranquil Lough Tay has gained the name ‘Guinness Lake’. The Wicklow Way combines easy accessibility with a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas. They include mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests and farmland. Also experience the lively city of Dublin, packed full of centuries-old monuments, including Trinity College and Dublin Castle. You will also pass some of the most striking scenery, through the long glacial Glenmalure Valley and with luck giving you glimpses of the multitude of wildlife abundant in this area.
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What To Expect

A 10-day walking itinerary covering the full Way from Marlay Park to Clonegal, including a stay in Dublin before the start of the walk

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

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Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily of walks of between 12-21km following footpaths and some road walking and several ascents and descents along the way. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this tour.

Navigation

The Wicklow Way is well waymarked however you will also be supplied with the Rucksack Readers guidebook and detailled maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.

Accommodation Information

We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.

Due the route taken by the Wicklow Way, it is often necessary to accommodate you sometimes up to a few kilometres walk away from the trail itself, as there is not always suitable accommodation close to the trail. Please take this into consideration when working out your daily walking distances. Details will again be given on your accommodation sheet.

Due to the remoteness of Iron Bridge and the lack of phone signal in this particular area of the route, we provide private transfers instead. This means that you will be collected on the morning of day 6 (10-day itinerary) or day 5 (7-day itinerary) and transferred to Iron Bridge. From here you will then walk back to Glenmalure (in reverse). You will spend two nights in Glenmalure.

The next morning on day 7 (10-day itinerary) or day 6 (7-day itinerary) you will be transferred back to Iron Bridge to continue your walk to Tinahely. You can rest assured that you are still walking the entire length of the trail, but due to the remote nature of the area we have added these private transfers to improve your experience along the route.

Single Rooms

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.

Included
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in en suite rooms wherever possible.
  • Door to door baggage transfers.
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and map guide.
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of any issues.
Excluded
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
Extras
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk.
  • Transfer from Dublin city centre to Marlay Park.

When To Go

This walking holiday is best enjoyed between mid-March and mid-October. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans, and you will find up to date availability on our website. The Wicklow Way is popular, so it is best to book as far in advance as you can.

Getting to the Start

Dublin Airport is easily accessible from the UK with several low-cost airlines covering the route as well as scheduled international carriers. Irish Ferries also operate from Holyhead to Dublin.

From the airport there is a good bus service into Dublin city centre.

To get from Dublin city centre to the start of the walk at Marlay Park you take a 20-mins bus journey.

Getting from the End

Getting from Wicklow is relatively simple, taking either a bus or train to Dublin. A twice-daily Bus Eireann Expressway service runs from Bunclody to Dublin's city-centre bus station (Busáras) at Store Street.

A Wicklow Way Bus Service also operates along the route, transporting walkers from (amongst other locations) Tinahely to the nearest train station at Rathdrum, with Dublin then a 1h30 train ride away. See Irish Rail for timetables.

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a minimum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

General Information

The distances and ascent / descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants) sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hopsital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dublin and overnight Day 2 Bus to Marlay Park to Enniskerry (Knockree) 13 miles / 22 km Day 3 Enniskerry to Roundwood 16 miles / 25 km Day 4 Roundwood to Glendalough/Laragh 6 miles / 10 km Day 5 Glendalough/Laragh to Glenmalure 11 miles / 17 km Day 6 Transfer to Iron Bridge, Walk to Glenmalure (in reverse) 9 miles / 14 km Day 7 Transfer to Iron Bridge, Walk to Tinahely 12 miles / 20 km Day 8 Tinahely to Shillelagh 16 miles / 25 km Day 9 Walk to Clonegal. Transfer to Bunclody 12 miles / 20 km Day 10 Onward Travel

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