Walking Hiking

Wicklow Way & Dublin City – 8 Days

  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour
  • Dublin
  • Wicklow Way Walking Holiday
  • Walking the Wicklow Way

Wicklow Way & Dublin City (8 Day) Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Footfalls offer a unique opportunity for this self-guided walking and sight-seeing holiday, combining the beauty and tranquillity of the Wicklow Mountains with the culture, history and vitality of Dublin City.

At Footfalls, we offer a variety of holiday packages on the Wicklow Way to cater for all types of outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. This walking vacation will take you over 70 km through the stunning beauty of the Garden of Ireland. The Wicklow Way is Irelands oldest waymarked walking trail. The walk will take you over domed granite rolling hills that are covered in a carpet of peat and heather and through deep green glens, small villages and the ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough.

Your last two days will be spent exploring Irelands capital, Dublin City, an ever-moving city of culture and charm.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €749 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€350
Tour Dates 1 January to 15 December
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse & Hotel




Day 1 / Travel to Aughrim

Arrive at Dublin Airport and take the train or bus to County Wicklow. You will be picked up at Rathdrum Train Station and transported to your first accommodation on the Wicklow Way, which is in the beautiful village of Aughrim. 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

Day 2 / Iron Bridge to the valley of Glenmalure

For your first day of walking on the Wicklow Way, you have an option of two hiking trails. You can stay on the Wicklow Way or make your day a little more adventurous by hiking over Croghanmoira Mountain (664 m/2000 ft) and across the Fananierin Ridge.
Route 1 - The Wicklow Way Trail: This section of the Wicklow Way is mainly on forest track and country roads. Along the way, you will have sweeping views over the plains of the adjacent county of Carlow and across to Wicklow’s highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925 m/1039 ft).
Route 2 - Croghanmoira Mountain: This walk takes you on a somewhat more challenging trail, but your efforts will be well rewarded with views on one side across a patchwork of farmland to the Irish Sea. On the other side, you will see most of the peaks in the southern aspect of the Wicklow Mountains. Both walks finish in the beautiful valley of Glenmalure, the longest glacier valley in both Ireland and England.

The Wicklow Way - Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles. Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking distance: 4 hours

Croghanmoira Mountain - Distance: 15.8 km/9.7 miles, Ascent: 840 m/2520 ft, Approximate walking time: 5.5 hours

Day 3 / Glenmalure to Glendalough

The first half of today's trail leads you steadily up out of Glenmalure along some forest trails. As you start your ascent of the valley, the surrounding countryside will open up before you to reveal some spectacular views of a picturesque landscape, which is made up of rolling hills, green pastures and an impressive waterfall that plunges down into the valley. The second part of your walk takes you across the saddle between Lugduff and Mullacor Mountains where you will start your descent down into the magnificent valley of Glendalough. “Gleann Dá Loch” translated means “The Valley of The Two Lakes”. The trail leads you down to the valley floor where you will have a chance to explore both lakes and visit Glendalough’s most cherished possession, its 6th century Monastic Settlement. You will stay overnight in Glendalough or nearby Laragh.

Distance: 17 km/8.75 miles, Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4/5 hours

Day 4 / Glendalough to Roundwood

Once again, we will give you the opportunity to stay on the Wicklow Way or take a more spectacular trail across Scarr Mountain. The Wicklow Way takes you on a low-level path across the side of Paddock Hill, where you will have lovely views back over Glendalough and the village of Laragh. On this walk, we will also give you an option to walk around one of Roundwood’s reservoirs which are part of Dublin’s water supply system. The alternative trail across Scarr Mountain (641 m/1950 ft) is spectacular, but, of course, a little more challenging. The views from the summit are magnificent, and if the day is clear you will be able to see across the Irish Sea to the Welsh Mountains! Both trails finish in the small, but lively, village of Roundwood, which happens to be the highest village in Ireland. You will stay overnight in Roundwood.

Wicklow Way - Distance: 10 km/6 miles, Ascent: 250 m/750 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 hours

Scarr Mountain - Distance: 15 km/9 miles, Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 5 / Roundwood to Enniskerry

This classic walk is one of the longest walks of your tour. The trail takes you back into the hills where you will overlook the village of Roundwood and its glittering reservoirs, alongside the famous Guinness Estate and Lough Tay. It was here that many famous movies were made, including Braveheart and Excalibur.From here, the trail swings North to take you across the side of Djouce Mountain and down into Crone Forest. You will have stunning aerial views down over the Powerscourt Waterfall and part of the Powerscourt Estate.The final leg of your journey takes you down into the valley of Lackandarragh, where you will walk along by a beautiful section of the Glencree River. Your tour ends just outside the picturesque village of Enniskerry, which is situated on the door-step of Dublin. You will stay overnight in Enniskerry.

Distance: 18 km/11.5 miles, Ascent: 600 m/1800 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 hours

Day 6 / Enniskerry to Marlay Park

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 Mountains. Your tour finishes in Marlay Park, one of the finest small public parks in Ireland. The trail takes in a delightful mixture of mixed woodlands, small ponds and a variety of wildflowers. After finishing your celebrations in one of the fabulous coffee shops within the park, you can take public transport from right outside the Park entrance to Dublin City Centre, which is to be your accommodation for the next two nights.

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

Day 7 / Explore Dublin City

Spend the day exploring Ireland’s capital city, check out some of the fantastic sites like Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse and much, much more.

Day 8 / Depart Dublin City

After a hearty breakfast, you can take a bus from just outside of your accommodation for the 20/30 minute journey back to Dublin Airport.


  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses or hotels with all rooms en-suite
  • Wicklow Way Trail Map and waterproof trail notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with just a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
  • Full back up service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals


  • Thank you both Teresa & Christopher for a fun, adventurous, spectacular week,
    You have a fantastic business, long may it last and I am already looking forward to our next adventure
    Anne D x

    Western Way Connemara
  • Christopher and Teresa…Thank you soooo much for a superb week and your hospitality.
    Jyoti Thapa

    Western Way Connemara
  • Hi Christopher,

    On behalf of Mary & Myself, I want to thank you for our wonderful trip. We loved every minute of it, even the wet bits.

    The B&B’s that you work with are second to none and in every place we stayed we were made to feel welcome and at home at all times. In each place, they even refrigerated our wine and provided us with wine glasses in order to enjoy our pre-dinner drinks. I would like to give a particular shout out to Donnach in The Castle B&B in Ballintoy. He told us that we were his first “Footfall” visitors so our feedback on his B&B is that it is excellent.

    Your notes and attention to detail on your trail instructions are excellent but just to note for yourself, the red trail down the side of the cliffs to the Giants Causeway is locked and not currently in use. Not sure whether the explanation is Covid related or a safety issue.

    Many thanks


    Antrim Causeway Coastal & Rathlin Island Route – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
  • Hi Christopher,

    Thank you again for a wonderful day yesterday.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and very much appreciated the lovely relaxed pace and all the stories and information and the fun. Thanks to Teresa also for taking us to Avondale and to the grandchildren for their patience. Truly a memorable experience.
    Terence and Eleanor
    A Day Walk on Trooperstown & the Vale of Clara
  • 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,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West

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