Spend time in Dublin, Ireland’s wonderful capital situated on the River Liffey.
Experience breathtaking scenery as you hike across the varied landscapes of ‘The Emerald Isle’ – forestry, rolling countryside and hills and peaceful lakes.
Enjoy the contrast of the southern section of the walk as you leave the mountains behind and emerge into open countryside.
Immerse yourself in Irish culture and enjoy the warm welcomes and traditional hospitality in each location along the trail.
Visit the tranquil Vale of Glendalough and explore the 6th-century monastery.
Enjoy scenic views across mountainous terrain, and down to Lough Tay, “the jewel of the hills”.
The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s first waymarked trail, founded by J.B. Malone, one of the Emerald Isle’s most famous hillwalkers. 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 in 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 a 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.
Our most popular itinerary is WICKW3 which covers the route in 8 days / 9 nights.
Arrive in Dublin, renowned for its Georgian architecture and wonderful pubs, and spend the evening at your first night’s accommodation.
Your first day on the Wicklow Way starts at Marlay Park on the outskirts of Dublin. There is a short walk through the Park before the route rises to cross the Dublin Mountains, passing Kilmashogue, Fairy Castle and Prince William’s Seat. You will cross the boundary between Counties Dublin and Wicklow, before descending into the Glencree Valley.
Your accommodation will be in Enniskerry and your accommodation hosts will collect you from Knockree.
The route continues across the Glencree Valley, skirting around Djouce Mountain and alongside the regal Powerscourt Estate. You will also have the opportunity to take in the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall. Today’s walking offers sensational vistas of the glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan.
Your accommodation tonight is in the pretty village of Roundwood.
Today you will leave Ireland’s highest village behind and traverse farmland, forest and mountain tracks, with Scarr Mountain in your sights before descending into Laragh, where you will find your accommodation for the evening.
Glendalough Monastic City, a 7th century settlement located in idyllic surroundings, is en route today and is well worth a visit.
The majority of today’s walking is on forest tracks, where you can take in the fine wildlife and waterfalls. The route passes through the valley of Glendalough, over the shoulder of Lugduff Mountain to the pass of Borenacrow.
From here you descend into Glenmalure, where Lugnaquilla, County Wicklow’s highest mountain, will be in view.
This section to Iron Bridge passes through some good forest tracks and a few rough paths. Beginning by ascending the sylvan slopes of Slieve Maan, the route loops around the Carrickaslane Mountain before descending into the Ow River valley at the Iron Bridge, where you will spend the night.
Today’s walk marks the end of the mountainous stages as the terrain changes to gentle rolling countryside. The stage passes the small and once charming Georgian hamlet of Moyne and carries on South to Tinahely.
This morning the route quickly leads you up an old cattle road and onto the shoulder of Muskeagh Hill, with fine views to the West. A little further along the trail, you will find Tallon’s Pub, more famously known as ‘The Dying Cow’.
Before heading into Shillelagh for the night you will pass through Raheenakit Forest – which means ‘fort of the cat’ – a reminder of times when wildcat roamed Ireland’s countryside.
The final day on the trail is fairly gentle with undulating, open countryside. You will finish your walk in Clonegal, where you can celebrate with a pint of Guinness or perhaps a visit to Huntington Castle.
After breakfast, you will start your journey home after a wonderful walking holiday on the Wicklow Way.
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We offer 4 suggested itineraries for walking the Wicklow Way.
Our most popular itinerary is WICKW3 which covers the route in 8 days.
Our WICKW4 itinerary includes an additional day in Laragh which gives you the opportunity to spend time exploring the ancient Monastic city at Glendalough.
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All of the accommodation that we reserve for you has been personally selected by our expert team to ensure it meets our exacting standards. We regularly review our extensive database.
We will always prioritise accommodation as close to the walking trail as possible. Occasionally, your accommodation may be located a short distance from the trail, or you may need to spend more than one night in the same place, in which case we will provide return transfers.
As an environmentally conscious tour operator, we actively encourage the use of public transport by providing clients with a detailed breakdown of travel options in their information packs. The following information may help with your pre-trip planning.
Nearest International Airports: Dublin Airport.
An airport shuttle bus operates between Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre (journey time 40 min). From here you can travel to Marlay Park by bus or taxi. Marlay Park is located 6 miles south of the city centre.
Nearest Railway Station: Dublin.
There are numerous train services to Dublin from all over Ireland.
In order to reach the start of the walk at Marlay Park, take Dublin Bus 16 from central Dublin to Grange Road, which is opposite the north gate of the Park (journey time 50 min from O’Connell Street).
If you plan to travel by car, it may be possible to park in Dublin for the duration of your holiday. We can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.
Nearest International Airports: Dublin.
From Clonegal you can take a taxi to Rathdrum station to return to Dublin by train, or to Kildavin or Bunclody to return to Dublin by bus.
Nearest Railway Station: Rathdrum.
There are infrequent train services departing from Rathdrum to Dublin (journey time 1 hour 25 min). On an average weekday, there are 5 trains travelling from Rathdrum to Dublin.
As the train services can be very busy, we recommend booking in advance.
Alternatively you can take the efficient Bus Eireann Expressway service from Kildavin or Bunclody (4 or 5.5km from Clonegal). This bus service will take you to Dublin Busarus Station on Store Street.
Long term car parking in Clonegal is limited, so we recommend that you travel by public transport. However, if you do plan to travel by car, we can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.
We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation for you along the Wicklow Way.
You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at any of the locations along the route which offer activities or sightseeing opportunities – we’ve made some suggestions below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.