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The Wicklow Way

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.

Your trip begins in the lively city of Dublin, packed full of centuries-old monuments, including Trinity College and Dublin Castle. A quick bus journey brings you to the traditional start of the walk at Marlay Park.

A choice of itineraries means if you’re short on time, you can opt to cover the highlights of the Wicklow Way and finish at Tinahely, or alternatively continue the full length of the Way through to the small village of Clonegal in County Carlow.

You will 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. The walk is testament to the achievements of the people that live here, with Glendalough being home to the 6th Century monastic city which was the seat of European learning for 6 centuries. With the magnificent Powerscourt and Guinness estates on route as well, the Wicklow Way will spoil you with sites of both natural and man-made beauty.