Glendalough, County Wicklow – Walking Short Break
Walking Short Break – Glendalough, County Wicklow
The Glendalough Hotel and Footfalls Walking Holidays have joined together to offer you comfort and relaxation combined with the great outdoors.
The hotel is situated in the lap of the Wicklow Mountains and is the ideal location for that perfect short break walking tour. It offers comfortable accommodation, a cosy bar with an open fire, excellent cuisine and friendly staff.
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|
|Tour Dates||February to November – any midweek on request|
|Tour Dates 2019||Any midweek in 2019 – available on request|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Arrive in Glendalough
Arrive at your hotel 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 the hotel 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
- Transport to / from Glendalough Hotel at start / end of tour