Wicklow Way

Overview

Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 495.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Marlay Park, Dublin / Clonegal, County Carlow
> Distance: 86 miles (138 km)
> Duration: 5 or 8 days according to choice
> Availability: March to October
> Grading: Moderate / Way-marked

Wicklow Way Highlights

  • Spend time in Dublin, Ireland’s wonderful Capital situated on the River Liffey, with its many attractions
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the ‘Garden of Ireland’ – County Wicklow
  • Scenic views of Lough Tay, ‘the jewel of the hills’
  • Soak up the incomparable Irish way of life in the villages and towns along the trail
  • Visit Glendalough, a 7th century Monastic City nestled in a tranquil and sheltered glen


The Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail, founded by J.B. Malone, one of the Emerald Isle’s most famous hill walkers. Along the way, walkers will experience some outstanding views over the varied landscapes and soak up the truly welcoming Irish hospitality. 

The Wicklow Way is comparatively low-level, which is perfect for walkers who want impressive scenery without the demanding legwork. The route traverses the modest Wicklow and Dublin Mountains, starting in Ireland’s charismatic capital, Dublin and finishing in Clonegal. Spanning 86 miles, the Wicklow Way combines wonderful vistas of rolling green hills with peat covered granite mountains, and natural beauty steeped in history and legend. This peaceful walk through lakes, mountains and glens, combined with the unhurried pace of life offers a revitalising and refreshing experience.

Your journey begins in Marlay Park, Dublin and quickly leaves the city behind. The route takes you through some wonderful forest trails, remote and scenic mountain landscape and rolling countryside. The Wicklow Way is also rich in history and along the route you will come across many ruins and reminders of previous inhabitants of this wild terrain. En route you will discover a memorial to J.B. Malone, which aptly lies overlooking the twinkling Lough Tay and the historic valley of Glenmalure. The Southern section of the walk is in strong contrast to the Wicklow Mountains in the early days of the walk, with its narrow lanes and rolling hills.

There are no great ascents on the Wicklow Way but there are some long and challenging days. The section in the Wicklow mountains is especially exposed and the trail runs through largely uninhabited country. This is not a route to be undertaken casually and is probably not suitable if this is your first long distance walk.