Follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s literary giants on a 6-day self-guided hiking tour of Dublin and the Wicklow National Park. Follow the trail of “Molly Malone” through Dublin’s fair city. Transfer by taxi to Marlay Park to walk the Wicklow Way.
What to Expect
Experience a mix of Ireland’s beautiful countryside and vibrant culture on a 6-day hike of Dublin and the Wicklow Way. Spend 2 nights in the fair city of Dublin, where exciting theater, fine-dining and wonderful pubs await. Explore the Viking city, so rich in history, and follow in the footsteps of literary giants and historical figures. Then, transfer to the Wicklow National Park and hike across country at your own pace. Avoid the hassle of carrying your luggage as this will be taken care of from site-to-site.
Following your arrival at Dublin Airport, transfer to the Dublin City Hotel for your 1st night’s accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, and discover the music pubs and fine dining of the city center.
Follow the trail of “Molly Malone” as she wheeled her wheelbarrow through Dublin’s fair city! Learn the history of the Irish capital according to your own interests. There will be plenty of time to take in sights such as Trinity College, Dublin City Gallery and the Grand Canal Dock. Take the optional Dublin Literary Pub Walk in the evening. Then, return to the Dublin City Hotel for your 2nd night’s accommodation.
Day 3: (18-kilometer hike - approximate duration, 5.5 hours)
Following a full Irish breakfast at your hotel, transfer by taxi to Marlay Park. Start your hike of the Wicklow Way, walking through Marley Park before rising to cross the Dublin Mountains. Cross the boundary into County Wicklow, and descend into the Glencree Valley. The hike involves some road walking, along with forest and mountain paths, reaching a maximum height of 500 meters. Upon arrival in the village of Enniskerry, check into your accommodation for the night.
Day 4: (21-kilometer hike - approximate 7 hours duration)
Back on the Wicklow Way, continue across the Glencree Valley around the shoulder of Djouce Mountain. Go over White Hill to end in the lovely village of Roundwood. The walk takes you past the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall, before climbing Djouce Mountain and the high point of the day on White Hill. Mostly along forest and mountain trails (with some road walking), as you descend you will enjoy glorious views of the glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. Overnight in Roundwood.
Day 5: (12-kilometer hike - approximate 4 hours duration)
Depart Roundwood and walk over Paddock Hill to the village of Laragh at the entrance to the Valley of Glendalough. Today’s walk takes you around the perimeter of the Barton Estate, before crossing Paddock Hill and descending by an old Mass Path to Laragh. There will be time to continue to Glendalough to visit the monastic settlement before your overnight stay in Laragh/Glendalough.
After a full Irish breakfast, you will have the option to return to Dublin by public or private bus (both available from Glendalough/Lauragh), or take a bus or train to Wicklow Town, where a good train service south to Rosslare and north to Dublin are available to continue on your adventures.
- 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation with private bathrooms and full Irish breakfast (2 nights in Dublin and 3 nights in Wicklow
- Luggage porterage
- Hiking info and area maps
- A full description of each day's walk
- 24-hour emergency/information contact number (if needed)
- Airport transfers (arranged and booked if required)
- Full pre-departure information pack to plan your trip and get the most from this walking experience
- Extra days/nights booking with travel advice
Know Before You Go
• Please note that the hiking trails can be wet underfoot. Good walking boots are essential