Wicklow Mountains Deluxe – Guided Walking Tour – 6 Days
Guided Walking Tour – Wicklow Mountains
County Wicklow “The Garden of Ireland” is renowned worldwide for its charming beauty. Wicklow is a walkers paradise and is home to the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest waymarked walking trail.
This popular guided walking holiday takes you through Ireland’s largest National Park, covering 90,000ha in central Wicklow. Wicklow Mountains National Park manages and protects some of Europe’s oldest bog lands, heather covered mountains, broad-leafed and coniferous woodlands. The Wicklow Mountains offers a vast diversity of scenery; from woodlands and rolling hills to lush green valleys, streams and lakes. The area provides habitat for native species including sika and red hybrid deer, foxes, badgers, hares and birds of prey.
Central to the area is Glendalough, the famous and globally important monastic settlement where we will walk in the footsteps of St. Kevin. The settlement grew for centuries after its foundation in the 6th century to become Ireland’s earliest proto-urban development and a European hub for education. The imposing round tower overlooks a scene of exceptional natural beauty. Glendalough, meaning a valley of two lakes (Gleann Da Loch) possesses contemplative ambience and is a landscape imbued with the spirituality of its illustrious past.
Your accommodation is in the elegant Victorian country mansion “Tinakilly Country House” which is set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Irish Sea. The hotel was originally built by the British government in 1883 for Captain Robert Halpin, commander of “The Great Eastern”.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|6 Day Tour||€949 per person sharing
Sunday to Friday
|Tour Dates 2017
Tour Dates 2018
|Sunday 1st October to Friday 6th October 2017 (This tour is now fully booked)
|Tour Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Accommodation||Tinakilly Country House (4* Hotel)|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Dublin to Wicklow
- Pick-up at Dublin Airport at 1.00pm and transfer to Tinakilly Country House. After settling in and light refreshments, we will take a nice walk just to get the legs ready for the week ahead! Our stroll begins in the Devils Glen forest along the Seamus Heaney walk which features a collection of contemporary sculptures by Irish and international artists. Distance: 5 km / 3 miles, Ascent: little to none.
- Day 2 / The Spinc & St. Kevin’s Monastic site
- Our first walk starts from the village of Laragh and follows an old green road through an oak and beech forest onto part of Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest waymarked trail. The trail takes us to the round tower of Glendalough where we will have a guided tour of the monastic settlement. We continue on forest tracks to ascend The Spinc and the side of Lugduff Mountain for breathtaking views of the lakes and surrounding countryside. We will then descend to the Glenealo Valley passing through a deserted Miner’s Village. Distance: 11.5 km / 7 miles, Ascent: 410 m / 1230 ft.
- Day 3 / Trooperstown & Paddock Hill
- Today’s walk takes us south through Ballard Forest, We will pass evidence of a forgotten farming community that once lived and toiled the land. We follow a local’s path up the heather covered Trooperstown Hill that will lead to magnificent views in all directions including rolling hills, the Irish Sea, the Wicklow Mountains, and the Round Tower of Glendalough. Our walking trail gently descends into Trooperstown Forest, over the Avonmore River and up Paddock Hill where we will join another part of the Wicklow Way. Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft.
- Day 4 / The Vale of Clara & Avoca
- Our walking trail today takes us to the magical Vale of Clara, a nature reserve containing the largest area of natural hardwood woodlands in the country. The serenity of this ancient oak woodland is contagious and is ideally followed by lunch on the banks of the babbling Avonmore River beside the charming church of Clara (1799). We will then visit the famous Avoca Woollen Mills for an exploration of their historical and operational mill and will finish off the day with a bit of shopping and perhaps a treat. Distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles, Ascent: 220 m / 660 ft.
- Day 5 / The Cliff Walk & Powerscourt Estate
- We will enjoy a walk with a difference today as our walking trail takes us along the coast from Greystones to Bray. We will pass the remains of a cottage whose residents used to collect a toll from users of the Cliff Walk on behalf of the Brabazon family who owned the land. The rocky crags of Bray Head are home to millions of birds and the inaccessible coves along the coast are breeding sites for grey seals. There is also a huge variety of flora along the trail including species of orchid found in the dry grass. Afterwards, we will visit the beautiful Powerscourt Estate. Powerscourt is one of Europe’s great treasures and Ireland’s most famous House and Gardens. Distance: 8 km / 5 miles, Ascent: 80 m / 240 ft.
- Day 6 / Departure
- Depart for Dublin Airport after our final hearty Irish breakfast, arriving at 12 noon.
- 5 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Tinakilly Country House Hotel (4*)
- Meals to include: 5 full Irish breakfasts & 4 packed lunches
- Pickup at Dublin Airport and return to Dublin Airport at the end of your tour
- All transport to and from walks and evenings out
- Entry fees to Powerscourt
- Evening Meals