Walking Hiking

Wicklow Mountains Deluxe – Guided Walking Tour – 6 Days

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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, part of Ireland’s Ancient East. 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 multi-award winning 4 Star BrookLodge Hotel Macreddin Village.

 

Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour €949 per person sharing
Sunday to Friday
Single Supplement +€275
Tour Dates 2018

 

 

Sunday 8th April to Friday 13th April 2018
Sunday 20th May to Friday 25th May 2018
Sunday 17th June to Friday 22nd June 2018
Sunday 30th September to Friday 5th October 2018
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Brook Lodge Hotel (4* Hotel)
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Dublin to Wicklow
Pick-up at Dublin Airport at 1.00 pm and transfer to the BrookLodge Hotel. After settling in and light refreshments, we will take a nice walk around the village of Aughrim just to get the legs ready for the days ahead! 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

Distance: 5 km / 3 miles, Ascent: little to none.
Day 2 / St. Kevin’s Monastic Settlement & Derrybawn Woodlands
Our first walk starts in the valley of Glendalough, in Irish, (Gleann Dá Loch, meaning "Valley of two lakes"). Our journey takes us into the 6th Century Monastic Settlement, where we will do a short tour of some of the monuments and ruined churches that exist there. From here we will continue along to explore the glacier moulded valley and it’s two lakes, before starting a short ascent to Pollanass Waterfall and into Derrybawn Woods. Here we will be offered stunning views down over the Glendalough Valley and surrounding countryside.
Distance: 9 km / 5. 6 miles, Ascent: 190 m / 570 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.

Included

  • 5 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the Brook Lodge 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

Not Included

  • Evening Meals

Testimonials

  • 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!

    Nicole
  • 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!

    Adam
  • 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!

    Erin
  • 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.

    Radha
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael