Walking Hiking

Wicklow Way – 5 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
  • Wicklow Way Walking Tour

Wicklow Way (5 Day) Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest waymarked walking trail. J.B. Malone pioneered this 127 km / 79-mile walking trail over 40 years ago. It reveals some of Ireland’s finest views including Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough

Our 5-day self-guided walking and hiking vacation along the Wicklow Way gives you the opportunity to enjoy almost 40 km of some of the best views of Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland and Ireland’s Ancient East.

Footfalls Self-Guided Walking Tours 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.

Tour Pricing & Dates

5 Day Tour €463 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€160
Tour Dates 1 January to 15 December
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse




Day 1 / Travel to Rathdrum

Arrive at Dublin Airport and take the train to Rathdrum. Stay first night in Rathdrum in nearby bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 2 / Iron Bridge and the Valley of Glenmalure

You have a choice of trails today. You can stay on the Wicklow Way's forest tracks and country roads while enjoying sweeping views of County Carlow and Wicklow’s highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925 m / 1039 ft). Alternatively, you can make your day a little more adventurous by taking a higher level walk over Croghanmoira Mountain (664 m / 2000 ft) across the Fananierin Ridge. Both options finish in the valley of Glenmalure, the longest glacier valley in both Ireland and England! Tonight you will stay in Glenmalure. Wicklow Way - Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles, Ascent: 520 m / 1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours. Croghanmoira Mounain - Distance: 15.8 km / 9.7 miles, Ascent: 840 m/ 2520 ft, Approximate walking time: 4.5 / 5 hours.

Day 3 / Glenmalure to Glendalough

For the first half of today's walk, the trail leads you steadily along forest trails to ascend out of Glenmalure valley. You will enjoy some spectacular views of a picturesque landscape made up of rolling hills, green pastures and an impressive waterfall that plunges down into the valley. The way-marked trail then crosses the saddle between Lugduff and Mullacor Mountains and descends into the magnificent valley of Glendalough. “Gleann Dá Loch” translated means “The Valley of The Two Lakes”. Continue down to the valley floor where you will have a chance to explore both lakes. Glendalough is one of the most visited sites in Ireland and is just mesmerising in its beauty! Tonight you will stay in Glendalough or Laragh.

Distance: 17 Km / 10.75 miles, Ascent: 520 m / 1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours.

Day 4 / Glendalough to Roundwood

You have another choice of trails today. You can stay on the Wicklow Way which takes you on a low-level trail across the side of Paddock Hill with lovely views back over Glendalough. Alternatively, you can take a more challenging trail across Scarr Mountain with magnificent views from the summit where, on a clear day, you will be able to see 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! Tonight you will stay in Roundwood. Wicklow Way - Distance: 12 Km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 250 m / 750 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours. Scarr Mountain - Distance: 15 km / 9miles. Ascent: 520 m/1560 ft, Approximate walking time: 4.5 / 5 hours

Day 5 / Depart

Depart Roundwood


  • 4 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 you 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


  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

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