Wicklow Way – 4 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour

4 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday in Wicklow

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 

Accommodation: Guesthouse

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

Depart Roundwood.

A few words from our customers...

Everything worked out just fine including only one day of serious rain on the Dingle Way and no rain in the Wicklow area. The lodgings were nice and comfortable, and our hosts were very helpful. At each place we stayed, we said we said we could see spending more time there. The scenery in both areas could not have been better. The maps and directions were great, and we did not get lost or misplaced, only momentarily uncertain! Sometimes we thought we were closer to the end of our day than we were, but the distances and climbs were very doable. We were both discussing this morning that we never had any problems with blisters or any other ailments! We took our time and enjoyed the sounds and sights of birds and watched lambs cavorting in the pastures. We have highly recommended your tours to family and friends and we hope someday to return to the beautiful Emerald Isle.
Fred & Lisa
USA
We did the self-guided Wicklow Way based in Laragh, a 6 day hiking program. We really enjoyed the tour and had a great experience with Footfalls Walking Holidays. The communication for the booking was very smooth and enjoyable and the tour itself was excellent. Our special thanks to Philip who organised our holiday and who did our transfers. The accommodation was great and the walks so nice. It was our first walking holiday so we were a bit anxious about whether or not it would suit us, but we had a great holiday which end way to soon. All our walks were marked on a map and we also got the written instruction, which was perfect in combination with the signposting as well. When we go back to Ireland, we'll be doing another Footfalls holiday, that's for sure.
Ronnit & Embo
Belgium