5-Day Guide Assisted Wicklow Way Hike

Explore the ‘Garden of Ireland’ on this charming guide assisted tour. Experience mountain cliffs, u-shaped valleys, alpine heath, cosy pubs, amazing organic food, charming villages & so much more on this tour.

The perfect tour if you are hoping to experience monastic settlements, Irish culture & rugged beauty.

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GUIDE ASSISTED TOUR

The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.

5 DAYS

DURATION

4 nights stay, 3 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

€730

“Info packet was very well organised. All walks were lovely. Loved the biscuits/cake with tea after long hike. Regrets not planning a longer trip”

– John & Polly, USA, 2016

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Guide Assisted Wicklow Way Hike 5 Day Tour

This Guide Assisted Self-Guiding Hike of the Wicklow Way gives you a wonderful opportunity to hike from the busy city suburbs into the lush and beautiful Wicklow – just south of the city with idyllic scenery, peace & nature. Starting with a terrific hike out of the city starting at the gardens of Marley Park, you continue on to the beautiful Enniskerry. Continuing from there you have the beautiful Powerscourt waterfall to enjoy before reaching the stunning Lough Dan & Lough Tay. After that – you reach the jewel in the crown at Glendalough … with its monastic majesty, vast history and breathtaking views. What a great way to see, experience, explore, walk & savour a fabulous holiday in a few short days. We have no doubt that you will be planning your next trip to Ireland before you leave!!!!

The county of Wicklow is often called ‘the Garden of Ireland’, alluding to the fine agricultural land and magnificent scenery in the hinterland of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. The Wicklow Mountains (which together with the Dublin Mountains form a single range) constitute the highest unbroken highland area in Ireland. The predominant rock is granite, forming a plateau mainly covered with peaty soil. Most of the valleys which cut into this plateau run down to the east coast (Glencullen, Glencree, Glendalough and Glenmalure) or west to the plains of Kildare and Carlow (Glen of Imaal and the Upper Liffey Valley).

The jewel of Wicklow is undoubtedly Glendalough, ‘the valley of the two lakes’ where St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century.  A number of buildings remain (mainly from the 10th and 11th centuries), including the cathedral, a chapel known as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, the round tower and several subsidiary churches.  The nearby interpretative centre has an audio-visual presentation on monastic life in Ireland and a scale model showing how the monastic city looked in its heyday.

Wicklow is an ideal area for walkers who want to enjoy splendid scenery without too much arduous terrain.  The Wicklow Way is on well walked tracks, waymarked all the way, with some stretches on minor roads.  The climate in Wicklow, being on the east coast, is noticeably drier than in the West of Ireland.  Access to the region is simple from Dublin and a tour of Wicklow can easily be combined with a visit to Ireland’s capital.

Highlights

  • Glencree Valley
  • Glendalough
  • Lough Dan
  • Djouce Mountain

Whats Included?

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  • 4 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • 3 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage each walking day.
  • Give you full walking details, easy to read route descriptions and maps of the area.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.

Day by Day

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Arrive Dublin Airport and transfer to Bray for your first 2 nights accommodation. Transfer time from Airport to Hotel approx 50 minutes.

Today you start your hike at Marley Park, the start of the Wicklow Way.  From here, you walk through the magnificent Marlay Park before rising to cross the Dublin Mountains, enjoying sea and mountain views.  Crossing the boundary into County Wicklow and descending into the Glencree Valley you finish your walk near Curtlestown Wood.  With time for refreshment in the beautiful Enniskerry village afterwards, you then transfer back to your accommodation in Bray.

Walk Details:

Longest Distance: Up to 22kms. Total Ascent: 695mts. Total Descent: 690mts. Shortest Distance: Up to 9kms. Total Ascent: 425mts. Total Descent: 185mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with rough tracks, uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections. Boots essential.

Leaving your accommodation in Bray, you will be driven back to the Wicklow Way to continue around the shoulder of Djouce Mountain and over White Hill to finish in the lovely village of Roundwood.  This walk takes you past the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall before climbing to walk around Djouce Mountain to your high point for the day on White Hill.  As you descend you have glorious views of the spectacular glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan.  At the end of your hike, you will be driven to Laragh for your next 2 overnight stays.

Walk Details: Longest Distance: Up to 20kms. Total Ascent: 860mts. Total Descent: 810mts. Shortest Distance: Up to 9kms. Total Ascent: 590mts. Total Descent: 295mts. Paved roads, gravel & forestry tracks & open hillside with rough tracks.  Uneven underfoot conditions with some wet & boggy sections & some board walks. Boots essential.

Leaving Roundwood you walk over Paddock Hill to the village of Laragh at the entrance to the valley of Glendalough. Today’s walk takes you around the perimeter of the Barton Estate before taking a detour from the Wicklow Way to the top of Scarr Mountain. From here you descend by an old Mass Path to your overnight accommodation in Laragh.

Walk Details:Up to 16kms. Total Ascent: 715mts. Total Descent: 815mts. Shortest Distance: Up to 7kms. Total Ascent: 240mts. Total Descent: 360mts. Paved roads, mountain tracks & forestry tracks.  Uneven underfoot conditions & some board walks. Boots essential.

After your final Full Irish Breakfast, your Guide will return you to Dublin Airport (avoiding Dublin City Centre completely).  Estimated arrival time to the airport – 10.30am

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“Info packet was very well organised. All walks were lovely. Loved the biscuits/cake with tea after long hike. Regrets not planning a longer trip”

– John & Polly, USA, 2016

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