Walking Hiking

Wicklow Way 8-Day (Full Trail) Self-Guided Walking Tour

Wicklow Way 8-Day Full Trail (Moderate to Strenuous)

The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest way-marked walking and hiking trail. J.B Malone pioneered this popular, 127 km (79 miles), walking route over 40 years ago and it reveals some of Ireland’s finest views including Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historic Glendalough. The Wicklow Way extends from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow and it’s all part of Ireland’s Ancient East.
At Footfalls, we offer a variety of holiday packages on the Wicklow Way to cater for all types of outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. This eight-day walking vacation sees you taking on the full train in just 8-days, covering 127 km / 79 miles.

Our sample Wicklow Way itinerary is from south to north (towards Dublin). Therefore, when you finish your walking tour of the Wicklow Way you are approximately one hour away from Dublin city centre. Alternatively, the tour can be started in Dublin and finish in Clonegal.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €665 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€350
Tour Dates 15th March to 31st October 
Tour Grade Moderate to Strenuous
Accommodation Guesthouse Or B&B
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Itinerary

DAY 1 / DUBLIN TO BUNCLODY

On your first day, you will take the bus from Dublin to Bunclody, the location of your first bed and breakfast accommodation. Once you have booked your tour, we will supply you with all the information on bus timetables cost etc.
Bunclody is a small town of some 2,000 inhabitants situated on the Wexford-Carlow border where the rivers Slaney and Clody meet in the valley below the Blackstairs mountains, the highest peak, Mount Leinster, 870 m / 2,610 feet high. You can read the full history of Bunclody on Bunclody.net.

DAY 2 / CLONEGAL TO SHILLELAGH

On day two, your first day of walking the Wicklow Way, the trail takes you along some country roads through Newry forest, over Moilishe and Stookeen Hill and down into the townland of Mungaculin. Your accommodation for the night will be in the 17th-century village of Shillelagh which is famous for giving its name to the traditional Irish stick cut from the hawthorn tree, “The Shillelagh”.

Distance: 21 km / 13.2 miles, Ascent: 490 m / 490 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours. 

DAY 3 / SHILLELAGH TO MOYNE

Your adventure from Shillelagh will take you back once again onto some quiet country roads. You will pass St. Finian’s Church, St. Finian was a holy man from County Westmeath who is associated with Christianising of the area. 
Moyne is your destination for today, it was the birthplace of Edward C. Godwin, who founded the publication “New York Nation” in 1865. This section of the Wicklow Way takes in some fantastic views back over the area that you have passed through and the adjacent counties of Carlow and Wexford.

Distance: 25.8 km / 16 .2 miles / Ascent: 1064 m / 3192 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

DAY 4 / MOYNE TO GLENMALURE

From Moyne to Glenmalure the trail winds you through forest trails and into two spectacular valleys, the Ow Valley and the Glenmalure Valley. The Ow Valley lies at the base of Wicklow’s largest mountain; Lugnaquillia, standing at 925 m/1039 ft. The Glenmalure Valley is Ireland’s longest glacier valley that stretches for over 16 km/10 miles. This peaceful valley will be the perfect place for you to spend the night.

Distance: 25 km / 16.7 miles, Ascent: 940 m / 2820 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

DAY 5 / GLENMALURE TO ROUNDWOOD

The walking trail takes you steadily up out of the Glenmalure Valley. As you climb, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the famous Glenmalure Waterfall will simply take your breath away. The trail crosses the side of Mullacor Mountain and into the valley of Glendalough, “Gleann Dá Locha” the valley of two lakes. Glendalough is famous for its 6th-century monastic settlement which you can visit along the way. 
 You will also pass very close to our Footfalls office which is just outside the village of Laragh. We will give you a choice to extend your walk by taking in the challenging Scarr Mountain (Optional) 
Tonight you will stay in Roundwood.

Distance: 26 km / 16.25 miles, Ascent: 960 m / 2890 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours.

DAY 6 / ROUNDWOOD TO ENNISKERRY

This is a classic walk taking in views of Lough Dan and Lough Tay. It was in this area where many famous movies were filmed, including Brave Heart, King Arthur, Dancing at Lughnasa and much more. This is also the original home of the Guinness Family, and their residence is still to be seen at the top of the valley. You will cross over the side of Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate, where you will have some fantastic views over Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland’s longest waterfall. Tonight you will stay in Enniskerry.

Distance: 18 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 600 m / 1800 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

DAY 7 / ENNISKERRY TO MARLAY PARK DUBLIN

You are almost done, just 22 km left, and you will have completed Ireland’s oldest way-marked trail. 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 Hills. Your trip finishes on a beautiful trail that leads you into Marlay Park. Tonight you will stay in Enniskerry

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

DAY 8 / DEPART

Depart for home 

Included

  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast.
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite.
  • Wicklow Way Map Guide and route notes. The Wicklow Way trail has been walked and checked by Christopher from Footfalls.
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way.
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack.
  • We will supply you with all information on buses (Timetables & Costs) needed to get to your first accommodation in Clonegal and back at the end of the tour from Marlay Park to Dublin City Centre
  • We are on mobile / cell contact every day while you are on tour in the unlikely event that you should need us for any reason

Not Included

  • Packed Lunches. Can be required at your accommodation or in a deli close by.
  • Evening Meals, we will give you all the information on the best restaurants on each stage of the Wicklow Way

Testimonials

  • 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,
    Carmel
    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!

    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

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