Walking Hiking

Wicklow Way – 10 Days

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Wicklow Way (10 Day) Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest waymarked walking trail and is enjoyed by many independent walkers every year. J.B. Malone pioneered this hiking trail over 40 years ago. It reveals some of Ireland’s finest views including Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough.

The Wicklow Way walking and hiking trail extends from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow, covering a distance of 127 kilometres (79 miles). This ten-day walking holiday, along the entire Wicklow Way, will take you through the stunning beauty of Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland.

At Footfalls, we offer a variety of holiday packages on the Wicklow Way to cater for all types of outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. Each self-guided walking tour can be tailored to suit you. 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 only 45 minutes away from Dublin city centre. Alternatively, the tour can be started in Dublin and finish in Clonegal or Tinahely.

 

Tour Pricing & Dates

10 Day Tour €715 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€225
Tour Dates 1 January to 15 December
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse
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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.
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: 23 km /14 miles, Ascent: 122 m / 366 ft, Approximate walking time: 6.5 hours.
Day 3 / Shillelagh to Tinahely
Your journey 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 the area. Tinahely is your destination for today. This little village, on the banks of the river Derry, was destroyed in the 1798 rebellion but was subsequently rebuilt and found a new lease of life with the coming of the railway in 1865. Tinahely is now a very beautiful village and well known as a weekend walking destination. Distance: 16 km /12 miles, Ascent: 90 m / 270 ft, Approximate walking time: 4.5 hours.
Day 4 / Tinahely to Moyne
Your journey to Moyne takes you along quiet forest trails, open mountainside and quiet country roads. Moyne 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. It also passes through an old Ring Fort or Fairy Fort. Distance: 14 km / 9 miles, Ascent: 100 m / 300 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 hours.
Day 5 / Moyne to Glenmalure
The Moyne to Glenmalure walk is a long but very beautiful section of the Wicklow Way. 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: 21 km / 13 miles, Ascent: 230 m / 690 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 hours.
Day 6 / Glenmalure to Glendalough
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. Glendalough is also one of the most visited sites in Ireland, and its beauty is simply mesmerising! Tonight you will stay in Glendalough or Laragh. Distance: 14 km / 8 miles, Ascent: 450 m / 1350 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 hours.
Day 7 / Glendalough to Roundwood
Today's walk is short but nonetheless rewarding, taking in some fantastic scenery and finishing in the highest village in Ireland, Roundwood at 260 m / 780 ft. 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. Alternatively, you can take an easier walk around one of the Roundwood Reservoirs which supplies water to part of Dublin city. Tonight you will stay in Roundwood. Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 250 m / 750 ft, Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours.
Day 8 / 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. Your second last night is spent in one of Wicklow’s most charming villages, Enniskerry. Distance: 18 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 600 m / 1800 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 hours.
Day 9 / Enniskerry to Marlay Park
You are almost done, just 17km 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. Distance: 17 km / 11 miles, Ascent: 150 m / 450 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 hours.
Day 10 / Depart
Depart for home.

Included

  • 9 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Wicklow Way maps and waterproof route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour 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

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