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Self-Guided Walking Holidays Wicklow Way

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 The Wicklow Way  7 Days / 6 Nights  Grade B: Hills / Low Mountains

With easy accessibility from Dublin, a walking holiday along the Wicklow Way provides the visitor the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains - without ever having to stray too far from civilization.

The Wicklow Way is a trail that stretches for 132km from the County Carlow village of Clonegal, through the low hill country of southwest Wicklow before entering the wilder mountain regions. It is however a relatively easy walk along forest paths and well waymarked open hillside - and as such is a holiday suited to those of average fitness.
The scenery is still superb. From the wilds of Glenmalure to the legendary beauty of Glendalough - the a holiday on the Wicklow Way rarely disappoints. In addition to mountain waterfalls, dark peaty rivers and beautiful mountain lakes, you also never seem to be far from the wildlife. The eagle-eyed hiker should keep their eyes open for the many Japanese sika deer and local red deer that inhabit these areas.

The trail comes down out of Dublin mountains through Kilmashogue forest to finish in Marlay Park in the suburb of Rathfarnham - leaving you to enjoy the delights of Dublin city on the last night of your walking holiday. The Wicklow Way really does serve as the perfect introduction to the Irish countryside. Experience it for yourself and you won't be disappointed!
Walking above the lakes of Glendalough on a holiday along the Wicklow Way
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Looking down on Lough Dan on a walking holiday along the Wicklow Way

Day 1 (Arrival)
Arriving at airport or station, you are met by our transport*. You are then transported south to your first night’s accommodation close to the town of Moyne.

Day 2 (21km Moyne to Glenmalure)
Leave your accommodation and quickly join the Wicklow Way to follow small country roads before ascending through forest to cross between Ballygobban mountain and Shielstown Hill - and the start of the Wicklow hills proper. Circling Carrichashane drop briefly to the Military Road before climbing Slieve Maan - and then on down to the beautiful Glenmalure Valley and Drumgoff.

Day 3 (14km Glenmalure to Glendalough)
Climb out of Glenmalure valley in the morning and enjoy wonderful views across to Lugnaquillia (at 925m/3035ft, Wicklow's highest mountain) and on to Lugduff ridge. Cross the col between Mullacor and Lugduff and then follow meandering forest paths down into the Vale of Glendalough and the site of St Kevin's round tower.

Along the side of the Glenmalure valley.Day 4 (17km Glendalough to Roundwood)
You have another short day, which combined with yesterday, gives you time to explore the beautiful valleys of Glendalough and Glendasan before you head up through Brockagh Forest on your way to Laragh. Cross the Glenmacanass road and head up the side of Paddock Hill before dropping down to Oldbridge and Roundwood.

Day 5 (22km Roundwood to Knockree)
Follow a nice walk up through the forest of Ballinafunshoge. Enjoy the wonderful views of Lough Dan, and rocky Luggala overlooking Lough Tay. Then drop briefly to the Sally Gap road and pass the J.B. Malone memorial (founder of the Wicklow Way) as you climb White Hill on to the shoulder of Djouce Mountain. Drop down by Powerscourt Waterfall to the Dargle valley and Knockree / Enniskerry, to your stay for the night.

Day 6 (21km Knockree to Rathfarnham)
Your final day's walking brings you up out of the Dargle valley via Prince William's Seat where you enter the county of Dublin. Continue along over Glencullen Mountain and your route then brings you via Tibradden and Two Rock mountains to spectacular views of the city of Dublin laid out below you. Descend through Kilmashogue wood and come down to Marlay Park where the trail ends at Marlay House - a lovely 18th century georgian manor house.St Kevin's round tower at Glendalough (10th Century).

You are then transferred to your final accommodation.

Day 7 (Departure)
The tour is completed following breakfast in your Dublin hotel. *Transfer back to airport or station for your return journey.

Included
6 nights' accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs (normally with en-suite facilities).

Meals consist of a full Irish breakfast each morning. The Meals Package option also includes a packed lunch, and a two/three course meal on four evenings. Drinks are not included.

Luggage transfer each day, route description and maps.
*Transfers to and from Dublin Airport, Rosslare Harbour, or any Dublin mainline rail station can be arranged - see pricing for more details.

For more information on Ireland visit the Tourism Ireland website at www.ireland.ie.
Flight schedules and information on Dublin Airport.
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Prices and options

Option 1 - Standard Package The price for the Wicklow Way self-guided (standard package) tour is £425 Sterling (approx $690 US Dollars or €475 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 6 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Meals consist of a full Irish breakfast each morning.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).
Option 2 - Meals Package The price for the Wicklow Way self-guided (meals package) tour is £525 Sterling (approx $850 US Dollars or €585 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 6 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Meals consist of a full Irish breakfast each day, packed lunch, and a two/three course meal on 4 evenings (not included on day 5 or 6). Drinks are not included.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

Single supplement - Single occupancy (if accompanying a party) at £90

Lone traveller supplement - Travelling alone (not with a party) at £120. Note that this is in place of the single supplement (not in addition to it).

Other transfers - For transfers from Dublin Airport, Rosslare Harbour, or any Dublin mainline rail station at the start of the tour the cost is 130 per transfer. Note that this is not the price per person but is for each transfer (one way) for up to 4 people.
Transfers (either airport coach or taxi) from your Dublin hotel to the airport or train station at the end of your tour are best arranged locally with your hotel on the evening prior to departure.

You can start your self-guided tour on any day that you wish throughout the year. Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.

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