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Wicklow Way – 6 Days (based in Glendalough)

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Wicklow Way – 6 Day (Single Based) – Self Guided Walking Tour

Let us spoil you with this fantastic 6-day independent walking holiday in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, otherwise known as the “Garden Of Ireland”. We will pick you up at Dublin Airport and take you to your accommodation which is situated just outside the village of  Glendalough. Glendalough “Gleann Da Loch”, meaning “the valley of the two lakes”, is one of the most visited sites in Ireland and is quite simply mesmerising in its beauty! Accommodation: Lynham’s Hotel.

Cost Options Available: Full Board or Half Board

Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour Full Board per person sharing: €805 

Half Board per person sharing: €683 

Single Supplement +€210
Tour Dates February to November
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrive in Glendalough and Spinc Walk

We will pick you up at Dublin Airport and transfer to your accommodation. Your self-guided walking vacation in Wicklow starts with an optional visit to the 6th Century Monastic Settlement which is situated just beside the hotel. You will have an opportunity to learn about Glendalough with an audiovisual display in the visitor's centre followed by a tour of the Monastic Settlement. Your first walk in the valley takes you up past the two lakes, through an old Miners Village, to the Spinc, where you will enjoy sweeping views back down over the lakes, the Monastic Settlement and the surrounding countryside. The walking trail continues down by Pollanass Waterfall and back to the hotel.

Distance: 11 km/7 miles, Ascent: 220 metres/660 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 hours

Day 2 / The townlands of Ballard, Trooperstown & Laragh

Today's walk is one of Wicklow’s "best-kept secrets". The hiking trail starts in Glendalough and takes you along the Green Road into Ballard which, translated into English, means High Town. From here you will walk to the townland of Trooperstown. Footfalls Walking Holidays office is situated here. Continue down into Trooperstown Forest to the Avonmore River which is a really good place for some relaxation. The walking trail continues into the village of Laragh and back to the Glendalough Hotel.

Distance: 10 km/6 miles, Ascent: 240 metres/720 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 hours

Day 3 / Lough Tay & The Wicklow Way

Car Transfer to the start of today's self-guided walk takes you through some of Wicklow’s most attractive villages; Laragh, Annamoe and Roundwood. Roundwood is Ireland’s highest village at 260 meters. Overlooking Lough Tay and the Guinness Estate, where Brave Heart, Excalibur, King Arthur and many more famous films were shot, your walk takes you South back to Glendalough through Sleamaine and Ballinafunshoge Forest. Enjoy some beautiful views down over Roundwood Village and the Vartry Reservoir on one side and Lough Dan on the other. Continue down into Oldbridge, onto Paddock Hill and into the valley of Glenmacnass and finally back to Glendalough.

Distance: 17 km/11 miles, Ascent: 150 m/450 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 hours

Day 4 / The Wicklow Coast

A self-guided walk with a difference, today, we take you to the coastal town of Kilcoole where you will hike along an amazing coastal walking trail. Starting from Kilcoole, continue along one of Ireland’s finest nature reserves, composed of a wet grassland, freshwater streams and a number of marshy pools that survive the summer months. The trail above the beach presents magnificent views of the area including the birds and flowers of the reserve. In every season a different range of birds inhabits the reserve for breeding and feeding. The walk ends in Wicklow Town where you will have the opportunity to do some shopping before we take you back to the Glendalough.

Distance: 14 km/9 miles, Ascent: Little to none, Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 5 / Glenmalure to Glendalough

After breakfast, we will take you to the start of your walk at Drumgoff in the valley of Glenmalure, Ireland's longest glacier valley. The hiking trail takes you north along the Wicklow Way and gently winds its way up out of the valley to give you some spectacular views of the Glenmalure waterfall and the surrounding countryside. Continue back into Glendalough where, once again, you will enjoy some stunning views as you enter the Glendalough valley.

Distance: 13 km/8 miles, Ascent: 505 m/1515 ft, Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours

Day 6 / Depart

After breakfast we will pick you up and take you back to Dublin Airport.

Included

  • Transfers to and from Dublin Airport and transport, where required, to and from walks
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Half board or full board accommodation including 4 packed lunches
  • Maps and waterproof route details
  • Full board accommodation includes 5 evening meals

Not included

  • Half board - evening meals

Testimonials

  • 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

    Marion

    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,
    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

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