Anglesey in Wales is quite often referred to as the “Island of Romance” and Wicklow in Ireland as the “Garden of Ireland”. Put the two together, and you come up with one amazing self-guided walking vacation!
Anglesey, with its standing stones, burial chambers and hill forts, offers exhilarating scenery and very rich history. The island has 200 km/125 miles of spectacular coastline made up of sea cliffs, dunes and beaches that are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. This section of the tour is looked after by our walking tour partners, Anglesey Walking Holidays.
Wicklow is steeped in outstanding natural beauty and historical significance and is indeed a walkers’ paradise! Your Wicklow walking tour will take you along part of the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest way-marked walking trail, which was pioneered by J.B. Malone over 40 years ago. You will also visit Glendalough, which is one of the most visited sites in Ireland.
Prices / Dates
Price: €689 per person sharing
Single Supplement: +€300
Tour Dates: 1 April to 31 October
Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate
Included / Excluded
On arrival in Bangor, you will be transferred to your first accommodation on the Isle of Anglesey, in the Llanfairpwllgwyngyll area. We will supply you with all the travel details that you need to get to your first accommodation.
From Malltraeth, your tour takes you into Newborough Forest which is now a natural habitat for red squirrels. Cross over from Newborough beach to the magical island of Llanddwyn, dedicated to the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Dwynwen. From the island make your way along a track to Llyn Rhos Ddu car park and rest your weary legs at the Marram Grass Café for transfer back to your accommodation.
Distance: 12 Km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 100 m / 300 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours
Transfer from accommodation to Llyn Rhos Ddu. Crossing the Braint River via the giant stepping stones, the path leads across farmland down to the Menai Straits. You will pass Foel Farm, Anglesey Sea Zoo and Halen Môn (Anglesey Sea Salt). The views of Snowdonia and Caernarfon Castle are quite simply stunning! The area around Plas Trefathen is thought to have been the site of a battle between the Romans and the Druids in AD61. The Druids were the priestly and learned class in the ancient Celtic society of Western Europe, Britain and Ireland. The Romans saw them as ferocious freedom fighters rather than pious priests. Anglesey was their last stronghold. Continue onto the lane by Llanidan Church and Porthamel Hall. Your walk ends at the quiet little hamlet of Moel y Don.
Distance: 12 Km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 140 m / 420 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours
You can enjoy an optional morning walk around Beaumaris before being transferred to Holyhead Ferry Terminal. You will arrive in Dun Laoghaire in Dublin in the afternoon where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation in Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains.
Your walk through Glendalough takes you back into the history of time with a visit to a 6th century Monastic City. Today the settlement lies in ruins but it was once the hub of learning in Europe. It was in this haven of peace and tranquillity that St. Kevin founded his monastery which flourished for over six hundred years. The Gaelic for Glendalough is “Gleann Dá Locha” and translates to “The Valley of the Two Lakes” and it is these lakes that will set the scene for the rest of your walk.
Distance: 11.4 km / 7 miles, Ascent: 410 m / 1230 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours
This walking trail is one of the "best-kept secrets" in Wicklow! It offers a stunning array of natural beauty made up of mixed woodlands, quiet country roads, open mountainside, rivers and streams. The area was densely populated prior to the Great Famine of 1845-1849 and clear evidence of the small fields and potato furrows can still be seen to this day. Continue on to Trooperstown Hill where, on a clear day, it is possible to see almost all the peaks in the Wicklow Mountain range and across to the Irish Sea. The trail continues down through Trooperstown Forest to join the Wicklow Way back to Glendalough.
Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 430 m / 1290 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours
After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart for home.