SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
5 nights stay, 4 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Met new friends, learnt local culture from native residents. IWHB could not have planned it better.”
– Gerard, UK, 2015
Walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s great literary giants or follow the trail of “Molly Malone” through Dublin’s fair city. Theatre, music, fine-dining and wonderful pubs all await you in this Viking city that is so rich in history and culture. Your adventure in Wicklow National Park will take you through glorious mountain passes and lush glacial valleys rich in archaeological treasures. Experience the peace and tranquillity of Glendalough a 6th century monastic settlement nestled in the valley of two lakes. Add to this the warmth of the people, the cosy pubs, the charming villages and delicious organic food and you have just found your “perfect” holiday!
If you would like a longer hiking holiday you should check out our 8-Day Self-Guided Dublin City Trek & Wicklow Way Hike
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Arrive Dublin Airport and transfer to the first nights’ accommodation in Dublin City Hotel. Immerse yourself in all that Dublin has to offer, with its wide variety of museums and tours on offer, you will be spoilt for choice.
Transfer time from Airport to Hotel approx. 50 minutes.
See the historical side of this modern European City and follow the trail of “Molly Malone” as she wheeled her wheelbarrow…. through Dublin’s fair city !!! Evening option to take the famous Dublin Literary Pub Walk. Overnight Dublin City Hotel.
You will be transferred/driven by taxi to begin your first days walking at Marlay Park to the start of the Wicklow Way. Walk through 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 walk to your accommodation in Enniskerry village. Overnight Enniskerry, the gateway to Wicklow. Widely regarded as one of Irelands most charming villages, this is a lovely place to visit.
Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 18 kms. Approx. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 500 metres. Path, some road walking, forest track and mountain path. Can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.
Walk back to the Wicklow Way and continue across the Glencree Valley, 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. Overnight in Roundwood.
Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 21 kms. Approx. Duration: 7 hours. Max. Height: 630 metres. Forest track, some road walking, mountain path. Some sections can be very wet and boggy. 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: Approx. Distance 12 kms (to Laragh). Approx. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 360 metres. Some road walking, mountain path and forest track. Boots essential.
From Laragh you can take a private or public Bus Service back to Dublin City Centre, where there is a regular Aircoach to Dublin Airport. Alternatively get the public Bus to Bray and the Dart Train to Dublin City and again avail of services to other parts of the country or to the Airport.