City Trek Dublin and Wicklow 8-Day Self-Guided Hike

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What You'll Do
  • Adventure through Wicklow National Park taking you through glorious mountain passes and lush glacial valleys rich in archaeological treasures
  • Experience the peace and tranquillity of Glendalough a 6th century monastic settlement nestled in the valley of two lakes
  • Explore the urban capital to the wild and rugged country landscape
Walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s great literary giants or follow the trail of “Molly Malone” through Dublin’s fair city. Theatre, music, fine-dining and wonderful pubs all await you in this Viking city that is so rich in history and culture.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive Dublin Airport and transfer to the first nights accommodation in Dublin City Hotel.Transfer time from Airport to Hotel approx 50 minutes.

Day 2

Dublin City Trek … See the historical side of this modern European City and follow the trail of “Molly Malone” as she wheeled her wheelbarrow…. through Dublin’s fair city! Evening option to take the famous Dublin Literary Pub Walk. Overnight Dublin City Hotel.

Day 3

You will be transferred/driven by Taxi across the city to begin your first walk at Marley Park to the start of the Wicklow Way. You walk through Marlay Park before rising to cross the Dublin Mountains, enjoying sea and mountain views. Crossing the boundary into County Wicklow and descending into the Glencree Valley you walk to your accommodation in Enniskerry village. Overnight Enniskerry.

Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 18 kms. Approx. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 500 metres. Path, some road walking, forest track and mountain path. Can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.

Day 4

Back on the Wicklow Way you continue across the Glencree Valley, around the shoulder of Djouce Mountain and over White Hill to finish in the lovely village of Roundwood. This walk takes you past the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall before climbing to walk around Djouce Mountain to your high point for the day on White Hill. As you descend you have glorious views of the spectacular glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. Overnight in Roundwood.

Walk Details:   Approx. Distance: 21 kms. Approx. Duration: 7 hours. Max. Height: 630 metres. Forest track, some road walking, mountain path. Some sections can be very wet and boggy. Boots essential.

Day 5

Leaving Roundwood you 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. You will have time to continue to Glendalough to visit this wonderful monastic settlement which is a truly magical place which demands time to enjoy. Overnight in Laragh/Glendalough.

Walk Details: Approx. Distance 12 kms (to Laragh). Approx. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 360 metres. Some road walking, mountain path and forest track. Boots essential.

Day 6

From Laragh/Glendalough walk into the valley of Glendalough before climbing to cross over into the valley of Glenmalure. This walk follows an old “green road” to near the Upper Lake before climbing steeply beside Paul an Eas Waterfall and continuing to the pass of Borenacrow (option to climb Mullacor Mountain from the pass). Descending into Glenmalure – with good views of the valley and Lugnaquilla, which is the highest mountain in County Wicklow – you finish your walk at the pub in Drumgoff/Glenmalure crossroads. Overnight in Rathdrum.

Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 17 kms/19 kms. Approx. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 550/650 metres. Track, forest track, short section of mountain path. Mountain path is boggy. Boots essential.

Day 7

From Drumgoff/Glenmalure crossroads we start today’s walk, which crosses the mountains back to Laragh by a different route. Following forest tracks, you climb to the summit of Mullacor. The route continues along the mountain ridge to Cullentragh Mountain and Derrybawn Mountain, before descending to Glendalough. Alternatively, if the weather is unfavourable you can descend from Mullacor via the Wicklow Way through the forest. Overnight at Laragh/Glendalough

Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 17 kms. Approx. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 660 metres. Forest track and mountain path. Boots essential.

Day 8

After a full Irish Breakfast we have the option to return to Dublin via the Public Bus or Private Bus services, both available from Glendalough/Lauragh. There is also a Bus and Taxi service to Wicklow Town were there is a good Train service, south to Rosslare, and north to Dublin. Bus transfer time to Dublin City centre is approx one hour.
What's Included
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms 2 Nights Dublin City Hotel with 5 days in Wicklow
  • Move your luggage.
  • Give you full walking details and maps of the area.
  • Full walking descriptions of each walking day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number. If required.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Extra days/nights booking with Travel/Tourism advice service.
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