Walking Hiking

Wicklow by E-BIKE

Wicklow by E-Bike

For a long time, Footfalls Walking Holidays have been pondering with the idea of helping you to see even more of Wicklow during your vacation in Ireland. Just in time for the 2019 holiday season, we have launched our new Wicklow by E-Bike tour.

WHAT IS AN E-BIKE?

It’s a normal bicycle in most ways; it looks like a bicycle, pedals like a bicycle, steers and stops like a bicycle, but it has a small motor (with a few different settings) that helps you out on the hills. In a nutshell, it is battery “assisted” cycling!

Our cycling tour of the Wicklow Mountains takes in many charming villages and colourful towns. Where possible, our tour takes you on quiet country roads that offer stunning views of the Wicklow Mountains and beyond to the Irish Sea. Just a few of the places that you will visit along the way are Wicklow Town, Tinahely, Glendalough and Enniskerry. We will give you two cycling options for most of your daily adventures and supply you with a satellite navigation system so that you have no worries about getting lost. Your luggage will be transferred from each accommodation to the next, leaving you with only your daily provisions in your saddle bag.

This Wicklow Way E-Bike tour is designed to help you to see even more of “the Garden of Ireland” as you travel effortlessly along by E-Bike.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €995.00 per person sharing
Single Supplement 350.00
Tour Dates 1st April to the 1st of November
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive and stay overnight in Dublin

Your first accommodation will be in Dublin City. Extra nights in Dublin can be arranged before you start your E-Bike tour. 

Day 2: Dublin To Wicklow Town

After a good hearty breakfast, you will collect your E-Bike in Dublin City Centre and can take one of two options for your first day on the Wicklow Way E-Bike tour.

Option 1: Cycling from Dublin city centre, your tour takes a coastal route south, through Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire and Killiney, before making your way out to the beautiful seaside town of Bray. Bray is known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland (Co. Wicklow) and is the longest established seaside town in Ireland.  Continuing on the coastal roads of County Wicklow, you will arrive in the charming seaside town of Wicklow for your first overnight stay.

Distance 55 Km, Ascent: 347 m, Approximate cycle time, 6 to 8 hours

Option 2: Take the DART (train) from Dublin to Bray and start your journey by E-Bike from Bray to Wicklow town.

Distance: 26 km, Ascent, 160 m, Approximate cycle time, 3 to 5 hours

Day 3: Wicklow Town To Tinahely

From your accommodation in Wicklow Town, you will continue along coastal roads and past the beautiful beaches of Brittas Bay into Arklow Town from where you will begin to make your journey inland via the Vale of Avoca and the Meeting of the Waters.  Travelling by E-Bike along quite country roads, you will arrive into the charming market village of Tinahely along the Wicklow Way.

Distance: 59 Km, Total Ascent: 490 m, Approximate cycle time, 6 to 8 hours

Day 4: Tinahely to Laragh/Glendalough

Option 1: LOW ROUTE via the village of Aughrim/Macreddin/Rathdrum/Avonmore Way/Clara/Laragh/Glendalough(Easy/Moderate):

Setting out from Tinahely, you will travel along minor roads through the picturesque village of Aughrim, continuing through Rathdrum, the Vale of Clara and the village of Laragh before ending in the beautiful valley of Glendalough where you will have the afternoon to explore the monastic city of Glendalough and its majestic lakes.

Distance: 46 km, Total Ascent 550 m, Approximate cycle time, 6 to 7 hours

Option 2: HIGH ROUTE via Moyne/Aughavanagh/Glenmalure/Laragh (Moderate/Strenuous):

The high route option takes you through the heart of the Wicklow Mountains over several mountain passes on route to Glendalough. You will have the opportunity to lunch and recharge your E-Bike in the beautiful valley of Glenmalure, Ireland’s longest Glacier Valley, before the challenging “Shay Elliot” climb into Laragh village and finally arriving into the 6th Century Monastic City and lakes of Glendalough.

Distance: 44 km, Total Ascent 850 m, Approximate cycle time, 6 to 8 hours

Day 5: Laragh/Glendalough to Enniskerry Village (Wicklow Way)

Option 1: LOW ROUTE via Laragh East/Lough Dan/Roundwood/Lough Tay/Powerscourt/Enniskerry (Easy/Moderate):

Today you will travel by E-Bike on minor roads near or along the Wicklow Way, past the lakes of Lough Dan and the beautiful “Guinness Lake” of Lough Tay, continuing via Roundwood Lakes. You can visit both the Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens before you end your day in the beautiful village of Enniskerry.

Distance 42 km, Total Ascent 694 m, Approximate cycle time, 6 to 7 hours

Option 2: HIGH ROUTE via Laragh/Glenmacnass Waterfall/Lough Tay(or Glencree 38km)/Enniskerry (Moderate/Strenuous):

Leaving the valley of Glendalough, you will be attempting the strenuous, but beautiful, Sally Gap Route through the Wicklow Mountains National Park, passing the waterfall at Glenmacnass and the “Guinness Lake” of Lough Tay in Luggala. You will have the opportunity to re-charge your E-Bike in Roundwood before continuing around the Roundwood Lakes on route to Enniskerry.

Distance 70 km, Total Ascent 1100 m, Approximate cycle time, 7 to 9 hours

Day 6: Enniskerry/Dublin

On the final day of your E-Bike tour, you will travel into Dublin City via the cycle route through the villages of Stepaside and Dundrum and can explore the city before returning your E-Bike in the evening. You will stay overnight in Dublin City.

Distance: 20 km, Total Ascent 110 m, Approximate cycle time into Dublin, 2 to 3 hours

Day 7: Depart

End of Tour

Included

  • 6-Nights B&B
  • E-Bike for the durations of your tour
  • ABUS Hyban Helmet
  • Satellite Navigation System
  • Luggage Transfers From Each Accommodation To the Next Accommodation
  • Notes On Restaurants and Places of Interest To Visit Along The Way
  • AXA Defender Ring Lock & RLC Defender 140cm
  • GID D1 Style High Vis Vest
  • BECK Rear Pannier Bags Classic Black Bisonyl

Not Included

  • Packed Lunches or Evening Meals
  • Entry Fees

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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