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The Wicklow Way

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The Wicklow Way Map
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. Note: We also offer an itinerary of 9 days for this trip. Please contact our team directly per phone/email or via the contact form to learn more about our customisable trips.

Highlights

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

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.

Marlay Park to Clonegale
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  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Airport Transfer
  • Extra night stays
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  • Drinks

Itinerary

Day 1

MARLAY PARK (Arrival)

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 finest whiskeys.


Day 2
17.4km

MARLAY PARK
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KNOCKREE

Starting in Marlay Park in South Dublin, 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
21.4km

KNOCKREE
to
ROUNDWOOD

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
11km

ROUNDWOOD
to
GLENDALOUGH

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
14.6km

GLENDALOUGH
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GLENMALURE

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 Valley, accompanied by wonderful scenery as you go.


Day 6
22.9km

GLENMALURE
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MOYNE

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
25.7km

MOYNE
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SHILLELAGH

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


Day 8
16.6km

SHILLELAGH
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CLONEGALE

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 Clonegale. Here you can enjoy a well-earned pint at Osborne’s who’s bar is made of coffin lids!


Day 9

CLONEGALE

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


The Wicklow Way Elevation

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