Walk of the Month - Wicklow Way

What is the Wicklow Way?

The Wicklow Way is a route which begins in Dublin, Ireland’s characterful capital, and continues through some of the Emerald Isle’s most magnificent scenery. The rolling hills, lakes and glens offer a contrast to Dublin’s iconic architecture, and this experience allows you to see two sides of Ireland’s identity.

The forest tracks along the Wicklow Way provide you with the perfect opportunity to see wildlife and waterfalls along the route. A particular highlight to visit is the ruined seventh-century monastic city, Glendalough, which is located in a truly picturesque setting. 

The route was created by one of Ireland’s most famous hillwalkers, J.B. Malone, and suitably you will pass a memorial to him looking over the scenic valley of Glenmalure. From here, it is all too easy to see why he fell in love with this area. 

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How long does it take to walk the Wicklow Way?

The route is 86 miles (103 km), which we recommend walking over 5 or 6 days.

Our most popular itinerary is WICKW3 which covers the route over 8 days, with an average walking distance of 11.3 miles (18.2 km) each day.

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How difficult is the Wicklow Way?

We have graded the Wicklow Way as being of moderate difficulty. 

The route is waymarked and there are not any great ascents, however, the walking days are often long and are occasionally exposed to the elements on terrain which is sometimes difficult. 

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3 reasons to walk the Wicklow Way

1The atmospheric ruined monastic city of Glendalough, hidden away in a sheltered glen

2 - You can appreciate the epic views of Lough Tay, which is often named "the Jewel of the Hills"

3 - You get to encounter both the city-life of Dublin and the rural surroundings of County Wicklow, "the Garden of Ireland"

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In our clients' words

"The hike and the accommodations were just fantastic. Thank you for the perfect organisation of our holidays in Ireland." Lucas Hiltpold, Switzerland

"We thoroughly enjoyed our walking holiday. Ireland is a lovely country with beautiful landscapes, warm and friendly people. The hiking path was well marked and well maintained. " Peg Gramas, USA
"Pretty simple...we had an amazing trip. On our way from Gelnmalure to Laragh we went up Mullacor and followed the Red Loop to the North-west and went by Spink Viewing Spot and had a wonderful view to Glendalough Upper Lake, St. Kevins Bed, Knockfadda etc. we can recommend that additional steps. It's worth the effort." Florian Maurer, Switzerland
Ready to walk the Wicklow Way?

If you're inspired to walk the Wicklow Way, Absolute Escapes offer self-guided walking holidays in the UK & Ireland which include accommodation, daily baggage transfers, guidebook/map, and full information pack. 

Send us an enquiry today - we’d love to help you plan an unforgettable walking holiday.

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