The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest waymarked walking trail and is enjoyed by many independent walkers every year. J.B. Malone pioneered this popular hiking trail over 40 years ago. It covers a distance of 127 km/79 miles from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal, on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow and reveals some of Ireland’s finest views including Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough.
Our 4-day self-guided hiking vacation along the Wicklow Way gives you the opportunity to enjoy almost 30 km of some of the best views of Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland.
Footfalls Self-Guided Walking Tours offers a variety of holiday packages on the Wicklow Way, all of which can be tailored to suit you. Our sample Wicklow Way itinerary is from South to North (towards Dublin). Therefore, when you finish your walking tour of the Wicklow Way, you are approximately only 45 minutes away from Dublin city centre.
Prices / Dates
Price: €369 per person sharing
Single Supplement: +€120
Tour Dates: 1 January to 15 December
Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate
Included / Excluded
Arrive at Dublin Airport and take the train to town of Rathdrum. Overnight in Rathdrum
For the first half of today's walk, the Wicklow Way trail leads you steadily up out of Glenmalure valley along some forest trails. You will enjoy some spectacular views of a picturesque landscape made up of rolling hills, green pastures and an impressive waterfall that plunges down into the valley. The way-marked trail then crosses the saddle between Lugduff and Mullacor Mountains and descends into the wonderful valley of Glendalough. “Gleann Dá Loch” translated means “The Valley of The Two Lakes”. Continue down to the valley floor where you will have a chance to explore both lakes. Glendalough is one of the most visited sites in Ireland and is quiet simply mesmerising in its beauty! You will stay overnight in Glendalough or Laragh.
Distance: 14 Km/8.75 miles, Ascent: 450 m/1350 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 hours
You will have the option to stay on the Wicklow Way which takes you on a low-level trail across the side of Paddock Hill with lovely views back over Glendalough. Alternatively, you can take a more challenging trail across Scarr Mountain with magnificent views from the summit where, on a clear day, you will be able to see the Irish Sea to the Welsh Mountains. Both trails finish in the small, but lively, village of Roundwood, which happens to be the highest village in Ireland. You will stay overnight in Roundwood.
Wicklow Way - Distance: 10 Km/6 miles, Ascent: 250 m/750 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 hours
Scarr Mountain - Distance: 15 km/9 miles, Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4.5 hours