Wicklow Way & Dublin City – 8 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour

8 Day Independent Walking Tour Wicklow Dublin

Footfalls offer a unique opportunity for this self-guided walking and sight-seeing holiday, combining the beauty and tranquillity of the Wicklow Mountains with the culture, history and vitality of Dublin City.

At Footfalls, we offer a variety of holiday packages on the Wicklow Way to cater for all types of outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. This walking vacation will take you over 70 km through the stunning beauty of the Garden of Ireland. The Wicklow Way is Irelands oldest waymarked walking trail. The walk will take you over domed granite rolling hills that are covered in a carpet of peat and heather and through deep green glens, small villages and the ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough.

Your last two days will be spent exploring Irelands capital, Dublin City, an ever-moving city of culture and charm.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €749 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€350

Tour Dates: 1 January to 15 December

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse & Hotel

Included / Excluded

Arrive at Dublin Airport and take the train or bus to County Wicklow. You will be picked up at Rathdrum Train Station and transported to your first accommodation on the Wicklow Way, which is in the beautiful village of Aughrim. Aughrim is known locally as “The Granite City” because of its many buildings constructed from locally quarried Wicklow Granite. “That little spot in Wicklow where the air breathes sweet content.” To Aughrim’ a poem by Desmond L. Morley

For your first day of walking on the Wicklow Way, you have an option of two hiking trails. You can stay on the Wicklow Way or make your day a little more adventurous by hiking over Croghanmoira Mountain (664 m/2000 ft) and across the Fananierin Ridge.
Route 1 - The Wicklow Way Trail: This section of the Wicklow Way is mainly on forest track and country roads. Along the way, you will have sweeping views over the plains of the adjacent county of Carlow and across to Wicklow’s highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925 m/1039 ft).
Route 2 - Croghanmoira Mountain: This walk takes you on a somewhat more challenging trail, but your efforts will be well rewarded with views on one side across a patchwork of farmland to the Irish Sea. On the other side, you will see most of the peaks in the southern aspect of the Wicklow Mountains. Both walks finish in the beautiful valley of Glenmalure, the longest glacier valley in both Ireland and England.

The Wicklow Way - Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles. Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking distance: 4 hours

Croghanmoira Mountain - Distance: 15.8 km/9.7 miles, Ascent: 840 m/2520 ft, Approximate walking time: 5.5 hours

The first half of today's trail leads you steadily up out of Glenmalure along some forest trails. As you start your ascent of the valley, the surrounding countryside will open up before you to reveal some spectacular views of a picturesque landscape, which is made up of rolling hills, green pastures and an impressive waterfall that plunges down into the valley. The second part of your walk takes you across the saddle between Lugduff and Mullacor Mountains where you will start your descent down into the magnificent valley of Glendalough. “Gleann Dá Loch” translated means “The Valley of The Two Lakes”. The trail leads you down to the valley floor where you will have a chance to explore both lakes and visit Glendalough’s most cherished possession, its 6th century Monastic Settlement. You will stay overnight in Glendalough or nearby Laragh.

Distance: 17 km/8.75 miles, Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4/5 hours

Once again, we will give you the opportunity to stay on the Wicklow Way or take a more spectacular trail across Scarr Mountain. The Wicklow Way takes you on a low-level path across the side of Paddock Hill, where you will have lovely views back over Glendalough and the village of Laragh. On this walk, we will also give you an option to walk around one of Roundwood’s reservoirs which are part of Dublin’s water supply system. The alternative trail across Scarr Mountain (641 m/1950 ft) is spectacular, but, of course, a little more challenging. The views from the summit are magnificent, and if the day is clear you will be able to see across 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 hours

This classic walk is one of the longest walks of your tour. The trail takes you back into the hills where you will overlook the village of Roundwood and its glittering reservoirs, alongside the famous Guinness Estate and Lough Tay. It was here that many famous movies were made, including Braveheart and Excalibur.From here, the trail swings North to take you across the side of Djouce Mountain and down into Crone Forest. You will have stunning aerial views down over the Powerscourt Waterfall and part of the Powerscourt Estate.The final leg of your journey takes you down into the valley of Lackandarragh, where you will walk along by a beautiful section of the Glencree River. Your tour ends just outside the picturesque village of Enniskerry, which is situated on the door-step of Dublin. You will stay overnight in Enniskerry.

Distance: 18 km/11.5 miles, Ascent: 600 m/1800 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 hours

The last section of the Wicklow Way takes you over Prince William’s Seat where you will have stunning views over most of Dublin City, the Irish Sea and your final views back into the Wicklow Mountains. Your tour finishes in Marlay Park, one of the finest small public parks in Ireland. The trail takes in a delightful mixture of mixed woodlands, small ponds and a variety of wildflowers. After finishing your celebrations in one of the fabulous coffee shops within the park, you can take public transport from right outside the Park entrance to Dublin City Centre, which is to be your accommodation for the next two nights.

Distance: 22 km/13.7 miles, Ascent: 570 m/1710 ft, Approximate walking time: 6/7 hours

Spend the day exploring Ireland’s capital city, check out some of the fantastic sites like Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse and much, much more.

After a hearty breakfast, you can take a bus from just outside of your accommodation for the 20/30 minute journey back to Dublin Airport.

A few words from our customers...

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by going on two self-guided hiking tours in Ireland, the Dingle Way and the Wicklow Way, and we hired Footfalls Walking Tours to schedule our walks for us. I found Footfalls Walking Tours after doing some research on different companies, looking at their websites, etc. I was attracted to Footfalls for two reasons. 1. Their website wasn't "glitzy" and overly positive; rather, it was simple and clear. 2. They grew their business slowly, out of a love for hiking in Ireland. The more I learned about this company, the more I liked them. It’s family run, they research and write their hiking notes by themselves, and much of their business is repeat customers - that is important. Chris and Teresa did everything their website said they would do. They organized our trip, made reservations at all our B&Bs, they sent us waterproof hiking instructions and maps, and they picked us up a couple of times (in the Wicklow area) to get us from our B&B to the trails. In terms of luggage transfer, our luggage was always waiting for us at the next B&B, without any problems.
John & Diane
We booked a self-guided Wicklow Way tour. Everything went fine also because Christoph and Teresa are always checking emails and answering in few time to our questions before and during the tour. They are really patient! Also, the documentation arrived in time and is from good quality. It includes a laminated detailed instructions, a book with all maps, a plan of the trip and necessary infos for the train/bus, etc., the tags for the luggage and the vouchers for the B&B. The booked B&B were all very nice except one (but unfortunately, I think is the only one available in this village...). Also, the luggage service was perfect.