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Dublin & The Wicklow Way In Style

7 Days & 6 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Walk the best sections of Ireland’s oldest waymarked trail, The Wicklow Way
  • Embrace the history, culture and charm of Dublin with a privately guided tour
  • Soak in the views over Lough Tay, one of the most photographed spots in Ireland
  • Stay in superb hotels in the heart of the Wicklow countryside & Dublin
  • Sip a pint of the “black stuff” whilst listening to traditional music in a local pub
Walk the best sections of the Wicklow Way and enjoy 2 nights in Dublin on this self-guided discovery tour. Stay in outstanding hotels both in the city and deep in the Wicklow countryside, part of Ireland’s “Ancient East”. This is the Emerald Isle’s oldest waymarked trail and there are a multitude of picture-perfect views offering special photographic moments; over brooding Lough Tay and the surrounding mountains, to Dublin when passing Prince William’s Seat, and over the Enniskerry Hills from the Powerscourt Estate. A private guided tour of Dublin shows you the wonders of this intriguing city. See some “hidden gems” but also the major sights such as Trinity College and Christchurch Cathedral. Another highlight is your exploration of the 6th century monastic ruins of Glendalough, set in the heart of the Wicklow countryside with its picturesque lakes and mountains.
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What To Expect

This 7 day self-guided tour is a chance to discover not only the city of Dublin, but also to walk some of the best sections of Ireland’s Wicklow Way. The walks are graded moderate and involve some ascents, however it’s always worth it for the views over mountains, lakes and even the sea on a good day. Stay in superb accommodations, in the centre of Dublin, on the Powerscourt Estate and in the middle of the Wicklow countryside.

Trip Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Groups > 10

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Grade & Terrain

We have created this itinerary to showcase the best walks in the area and to create the perfect balance of hiking and sightseeing. The walking distances are very manageable, if you are in good physical shape. However there are elevation gains and losses on all three of the walking days and therefore this itinerary is rated moderate. (Max elevation gain: 450m,  max elevation loss: 608m) You will walk on a mixture of tracks, country roads and winding lanes through forests, farmland and the heather-clad Wicklow Mountains. The road walking is mainly along narrow lanes with little traffic. Overall about 28% of the walking is on tarmac, so you will need to be prepared with good walking shoes or boots.

Walking on minor roads (boreen roads—which are rural grassy footpaths) reflects the fact that public “rights of way” are almost non-existent in Ireland. However, the road walking is scenic and mostly along quiet lanes. There are, at times, some busier stretches where you will need to be cautious with traffic.

Navigation

This route is quite well way-marked and much of it does follows a path and therefore navigation is quite straightforward. On this tour you can navigate using the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App, so you can simply download the GPX tracks for offline use and follow the route with your phone with the assurance that you will not get lost.

Accommodation Information

We have hand-picked top hotels in each location on this tour. They have been specifically chosen to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

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 cooked breakfast is served each morning. A typical breakfast would include eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, cheese, yogurt and coffee/tea with traditional Irish favorites such as black pudding. Lunch and 5 dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. A very special dinner in the Strawberry Tree Restaurant is included on your final night. This is a organic and wild menu which is sure to be both gourmet and delicious.

As for lunches, you can ask the accommodation if they can provide one, if not there are local shops or cafes available at most places where you can buy a sandwich.

Included
  • 7 Nights in hand-picked hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Transfers to walks as listed in the itinerary
  • Transfer to Dublin Centre/Airport on Day 7
  • Information pack, GPX Tracks, access to the Macs Smartphone App
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to and from Dublin
  • Lunches & 5 dinners
  • Snacks & 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

When To Go

This walking tour is best enjoyed between April and October. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find availability on our website. Both Dublin and the Wicklow Way are popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.

Getting to the Start

Many international airlines fly to Dublin Airport, from both the UK and the US. In order to get to Dublin city centre you can either use the very good bus service or take a local taxi. For  information on schedules and prices you can visit the following website. Buses take approximately 20 mins depending on the traffic and taxis slightly faster at an approximate cost of €20. For general travel information for Ireland check the Transport for Ireland website.

Getting from the End

A private transfer is included from your final hotel to either Dublin Centre or airport, you can then make your onward journeys from here.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

People Transfers

On this itinerary there are also people transfers where you may also need to bring your luggage with you. The details for these days are outlines in your Information Pack.

General Information

The distances and descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necesssary 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 hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dublin and overnight Day 2 Private Guided Walking Tour of Dublin. Free time to explore Day 3 Transfer to Kilmashogue Forest, walk to Enniskerry 11 miles / 18 km Day 4 Transfer to Lough Tay, walk to Enniskerry 9 miles / 14 km Day 5 Transfer to Glendalough, walk to Glenmalure 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Free day in Macreddin Village 4 miles / 6 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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