The Ice Age left a wonderful legacy of unique topography in Wicklow National Park, aptly named the Garden of Ireland. The largely uninhabited landscape provides visitors with vistas of the Irish Sea. Enjoy a week-long self-guided walk in this lovely area.
What to Expect
On this 8-day program you’ll spend an enjoyable 6 days on a self-guided hike in Wicklow National Park, walking through spectacular landscapes. You’ll take in stunning views, and spend your nights in comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation. The program begins in Dublin and ends in Laragh.
Arrive in Dublin city, where the hostess at your first accommodation will give you a fully detailed information pack for your Wicklow program.
You will be transferred by taxi to begin your first day’s hike at Marlay Park at the start of the Wicklow Way. 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’ll walk to your accommodation in Enniskerry village. Overnight in Enniskerry.
Approximate walking distance: 18 kilometers
Approximate duration: 5.5 hours
Maximum elevation: 500 meters
Surface: path; some road walking; forest track; mountain path (can be wet underfoot, so boots are essential)
Walk back to the Wicklow Way and 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 you climb to hike around Djouce Mountain to the highest point for the day on White Hill. As you descend you’ll have glorious views of the spectacular glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. Overnight in Roundwood.
Approximate walking distance: 21 kilometers
Approximate duration: 7 hours
Maximum elevation: 630 meters
Surface: forest track; some road walking; mountain path (some sections can be very wet and boggy, so boots are essential)
Leaving Roundwood you’ll 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 you make a detour from the Wicklow Way to the top of Scarr Mountain. From here you’ll descend by an old Mass Path to your overnight accommodation in Laragh.
Approximate walking distance: 12 kilometers (to Laragh)
Approximate duration: 4 hours
Maximum elevation: 360 meters
Surface: some road walking; mountain path; forest track (boots essential)
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the environs of Glendalough in greater depth. You may wish to visit the buildings of the monastic city and the interpretative center or to do one of the shorter walks in Glenmacnas, Glendasan, or to the lead mines in Glendalough. Alternatively, you may wish to do the beautiful woodland walk beside the river in the Devil’s Glen. A number of private bus companies offer transportation from Glendalough, which makes it possible to do excursions to Rathdrum (Parnell’s home) or Avoca (Ballykissangel). Overnight in Laragh.
Approximate distance: variable, according to your choice of walk
From Laragh, walk into the Valley of Glendalough before the climb that takes you to the Valley of Glenmalure. This walk follows an old green road that takes you near the Upper Lake before climbing steeply beside the Poul an Eas Waterfall and up the steep steps to the Spink. From this point you’ll have a bird’s eye view of Glendalough and the Upper Lake. From the Spink you’ll continue over the shoulder of Lugduff Mountain to the Pass of Borenacrow. Descending into Glenmalure, with views of the valley and Lugnaquilla (the highest mountain in County Wicklow), you’ll finish your walk at the pub in Drumgoff/Glenmalure. Overnight in Glenmalure.
Approximate walking distance: 17/19 kilometers
Approximate duration: 6.5 hours
Maximum elevation: 640 meters
Surface: track; forest track; short section of mountain path (mountain path is boggy, so boots are essential)
Return to the Drumgoff/Glenmalure crossroads to 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 unfavorable you can descend from Mullacor via the Wicklow Way through the forest. Overnight in Laragh.
Approximate distance: 17 kilometers
Approximate duration: 6.5 hours
Maximum elevation: 660 meters
Surface: forest track; mountain path (boots are essential)
From Laragh you can take a private transfer or public bus back to Dublin city, where there is a regular air coach to the Dublin airport. Alternatively you can take a public bus to Bray and the DART train to Dublin city and take the air coach to the Dublin airport.
- 7 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation (full Irish breakfast; private bathroom)
- 6 days’ walking/hiking
- Full walking details and maps of the area
- 24-hour emergency/information contact number
- Airport transfers arranged/booked if required
- Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday to get the most from this Irish walking experience
- Extra days/nights booking with travel/tourism advice service