Walking Hiking

Glendalough, County Wicklow – Walking Short Break

  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour

Walking Short Break – Glendalough, County Wicklow

Our Wicklow short walking break is based 1 km outside Glendalough in the quiet and picturesque village of Laragh. The area is deeply wooded, with the hills and mountains rising from the village;

Footfalls Walking Holidays have been guiding people in these mountains for over two decades. You will be guaranteed to get a taste of Ireland’s history, geology, culture, flora and fauna on both of our walks.


Tour Pricing & Dates

4 Day Short Break €347 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€112
Tour Dates February to November – any midweek on request
Tour Dates 2020 Any midweek in 2019 – available on request
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse




Day 1 / Arrive in Glendalough/Laragh

Arrive at your accommodation and settle into your room. Rooms may not be available until early afternoon.

Day 2 / Monastic Settlement & The Spinc

Our guided walking tour takes us out from your accommodation and back into the history of time with a visit to the 6th century Monastic City. Unfortunately, the Monastic City is now in ruins but was once the hub of learning in Europe. “Gleann Dá Locha” translates to “The valley of the two lakes” and is one of the most visited sites in Ireland. It was in this haven of peace and tranquillity that St. Kevin founded his monastery so many years ago. It retains that peace, tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty to this very day.

From here our walk takes us past the two lakes and up to the Miner’s Village, which is situated at the head of the valley. After a short talk on the history of mining in Glendalough, we will proceed up into an area known as Van Diemen’s Land, over the Glenealo River and onto the Spinc. From here the views back into the valley and surrounding countryside are simply breathtaking. Our walk continues through Lugduff Forest, past Pollanass Waterfall and back to the Glendalough Hotel for some well-earned refreshments beside the open fire in the bar.

Distance: 11.4 km/7 miles, Ascent: 410 m/1230 ft

Day 3 / Trooperstown & The Two Glens

This walk is one of Wicklow’s best-kept secrets. It offers you a stunning array of natural beauty, mixed woodlands, quiet country roads, open mountainside, rivers and streams. It is a walk to suit all tastes and abilities. From the hotel, the guided walk takes us through the grounds of the Visitor’s Centre and onto what is known locally as “the Green Road”. This very old road takes us to Ballard Forest and into the townland of Ballard (Baile-ard), translated into English as ‘High Town or Village’.

This 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. From here our walk takes us onto Trooperstown Hill where, on a clear day, it is possible to see almost all the peaks in the Wicklow Mountain range. And if luck is on our side, we can see the Snowdonia Mountains National Park in Wales. Our walk travels down through Trooperstown Forest, over the Avonmore River and onto the side of Paddock Hill, where we will join the Wicklow Way. This scenic trail will lead us to the valley of Glenmacnass and back into the valley of Glendalough.

Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles, Ascent: 430 m/1290 ft

Day 4 / Depart

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart for home.


  • 3 nights bed and breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • 2 packed lunches
  • 2 guided walks

Not Included

  • Transport to / from Glendalough Hotel at start / end of tour


  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.


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