Self Guided

Trip Style

Hills walking, forest trails


From May to September


Marlay Park, Powerscourt Waterfall, Glendalough

Price from

450 EUR



The Wicklow Way is a long distance walk from the suburbs of Dublin, through the Wicklow uplands and rolling countryside before finishing in the small village of Clonegal in County Carlow.

This wonderfully varied walk encompasses crossing parkland then forest trails ascending to mountain terrain before descending to the rolling countryside of Wicklow and Carlow.  Spectacular scenery will accompany you throughout so be sure to have your camera with you.




Powerscourt Waterfall


The Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest waterfall and is situated about 5km from Knockree, relatively at the beginning of the Wicklow Way. It is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the unusual tree species and some of the highest trees in Ireland in the area. You can enjoy the wildlife sightings but also let children get some extra quality time on the nearby playground. Next to the waterfall, Powerscourt also has an Estate, House and Gardens to visit and enjoy. It’s a great place to take a break from hiking for a moment and soak in the cultural sights, have a cup of tea and just let your thoughts wander. Overall, Powerscourt is a destination you don’t want to miss.




Glendalough is also known as the Monastic City of Ireland’s East. It is actually a glacial valley in Wicklow, renowned for its Early Medieval settlement which was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Glendalough is an excellent destination for visitors who are seeking a bit of the history and culture of Ireland. Glendalough offers many monastic monuments to visit such as the Round Tower, the Cathedral, St. Kevin’s Cross and the Trinity Church. Glendalough also has plenty of little eateries or you can simply enjoy a nice picnic and enjoy the view of the fabulous Wicklow Mountains.


Lough Tay (Guinness Lake)


Lough Tay is a stunning, breathtaking mountain lake in the Wicklow mountains about 6km from Roundwood. It is certainly a highlight worth seeing. Even though the lake itself is on private property and cannot be directly visited, the best viewing point to see Lough Tay is along the Military Road above. From there you can enjoy the best views over the Guinness Lake and the Wicklow Mountains. Fun fact: The Lough Tay is also called Guinness Lake because it is owned by the Guinness family and the shape of the lake with the white sand at the top even slightly makes it look like a Pint of Guinness.

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Céad Míle Fáilte – Dublin, capital of Ireland and a really bustling, cosmopolitan city.  Take in the sights and be sure to try a pint of the black stuff … Guinness or perhaps a taste of one Ireland’s fine whiskeys.

*Note during the high season (July, August, September) the pricing may be higher due to demand.

This 7 day walking itinerary takes you from the edges of the bustling city of Dublin, up into the Wicklow mountains which you will cross to finish in the village of Clonegal in County Carlow.

Day 1: Dublin

Day 2: Marlay Park to Knockree (21km)

Day 3: Knockree to Roundwood (18km)

Day 4: Roundwood to Glendalough (12km)

Day 5: Glendalough to Glenmalure (14km)

Day 6: Glenmalure to Moyne (21km)

Day 7: Moyne to Shillelagh (21km)

Day 8: Shillelagh to Clonegale (19km)

Day 9: Clonegale – End of trip

This is a short version of the Wicklow Way and our suggestion for the time frame. However we can tailor this to suit the time you have.


Day 1: Knockree

Day 2: Knockree to Roundwood (18km)

Day 3: Roundwood to Glendalough (12km)

Day 4: Glendalough to Glenmalure (14km)

Day 5: Glenmalure – End of Trip


Day 1: Dublin

Céad Míle Fáilte – Dublin, capital of Ireland and a bustling, cosmopolitan city.  Take in the sights and be sure to try a pint of the black stuff … Guinness or perhaps a taste of one of Ireland’s fine whiskeys.

Day 2: Marlay Park to Knockree (21km)

Starting in Marlay Park, at the car park beside Marlay House, you will meander through this delightful public park before taking an underpass under the M50.  After this, you will begin to ascend into the Dublin Mountains where the undulating hills will take you all the way to Knockree.

Day 3: Knockree to Roundwood (18km)

Today’s walk will have you crossing rivers and traversing the hills.  Some spectacular scenery will greet you today such as the viewing point over Powerscourt Waterfall or the panoramic view of Lough Tay towards the end of the day.  Hiking through the forest then on the road will take you to Roundwood, your stop for the night.

Day 4: Roundwood to Glendalough (12 km)

A short pleasant walk today will take you to one of Ireland’s most famous sites, Glendalough.  Following the road to start, you will soon turn onto a lane before mounting the hills and entering Brockagh Forest before emerging at the scenic beauty spot of Glendalough.

Day 5: Glendalough to Glenmalure (14 km)

Not a particularly long day today but you will spend time after crossing the valley ascending to the shoulder of Mullacor.  From here, you will cross the bog land on a boardwalk before descending to Glemalure Vallery, accompanied by wonderful scenery as you go.

Day 6: Glenmalure to Moyne (21 km)

Having enjoyed two shorter days, you will be glad to have a slightly longer day today.  Ascending on the forested slopes of Slieve Maan, you will cross the rolling hills of Wicklow before making your final descent to the tiny picturesque hamlet of Moyne.

Day 7: Moyne to Shillelagh (21 km)

The walk today leaves behind the hills of Wicklow and takes you over gently rolling countryside.  You will also pass the 100kms mark so why not reward yourself with a pint in Tallon’s Pub otherwise known as ‘The Dying Cow’.  From here a short 6km walk will take you to the village of Shillelagh.

Day 8: Shillelagh to Clonegale (19 km)

This last day walking starts through the Raheenakit Forest then around the hills of Stokeen, Moylisha and Urelands before crossing the valley of the Derry River to arrive at Clonegal.  Here you can enjoy a well-earned pint at Osborne’s who’s bar is made of coffin lids!

Day 9: Clonegale, end of the walking holiday

Today we say “Slán agus beannacht leat“ and we hope to see you on one of our other walking holidays soon.


  • 8 nights in a 2* or 3* hotels
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Bus Tickets
  • Entrance fees (museums, monasteries)
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays


Way in:

From Dublin
In Dublin get the No.16 Bus from the O’Connell Street to Marlay Park.  The bus stop is opposite Marlay Park entrance gate.
You can also take directly the No.16 Bus from Dublin Airport.

Way out:

To get home from Clonegale:

To Dublin
Your accommodation in Clonegale can arrange a taxi to take you Rathdrum where you can get the train back to Dublin.

Information on trains can be found on the following website:

Alternatively you can get a taxi to Kildavin and then get the Bus Eireann to Dublin.  Timetable information is available here

From Dublin, you can take the No.16 Bus to Dublin Airport.


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