DAY 1: Arrival in Clonegal
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Clonegal.
DAY 2: Clonegal - Shillelagh
Distance 20km • Approximate Walking Time 4 - 6 hrs • Ascent (↑) 280m
Your first days walking is mainly along remote country roads through rolling hills and quiet woodlands. Shillelagh is famous for giving its name to the quintessential Irish fighting stick, typically made from the wood of the blackthorn tree.
DAY 3: Shillelagh - Tinahely
15km • 4 - 6 hrs • (↑) 200m
You set out along a quiet country road past St Finian’s Church, named after a holy man from Westmeath credited with christianising the local area. Further on you head into Muskeagh Woods before an old boreen takes you down to your accommodation outside Tinahely village.
DAY 4: Tinahely - Iron Bridge
21km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 400m
Starting off on a grass track around Coolafunshoge Mountain, the route skirts the tiny village of Moyne before heading into dense woodland around Ballygobban Mountain. A descent into the Ow River Valley brings you down to Iron Bridge.
DAY 5: Iron Bridge - Glenmalure
13km • 3 - 5 hours • (↑) 370m
You start with a climb from the Ow River Valley that brings you close to the summit of Carrickashane Mountain. Cross over the road onto the shoulder of Slieve Maan before starting your descent into the picturesque valley of Glenmalure.
DAY 6: Glenmalure - Laragh
16km (18km via Spink) • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 430m
Today’s walk starts with a climb up to the northern ridge of the Glenmalure valley before you descend into Glendalough either along the Wicklow Way or by taking the slightly longer, but arguably more beautiful, route via the Spink.
DAY 7: Laragh - Roundwood
12km (15km via Scarr) • 3 - 6 hours • (↑) 400/700m
Take the shortcut back onto the Wicklow way through Laragh Village before crossing the Glenmacnass River and continuing up Paddock Hill. If you have a clear day, you can opt to take a detour at Paddock Hill and head for Scarr Mountain (641m). Re-join the Wicklow Way at Oldbridge.
DAY 8: Roundwood - Enniskerry
17km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 550m
Widely considered to be the highlight of the entire Wicklow Way trail, you start with a climb up to a memorial dedicated to JB Malone, the founder of the Wicklow Way. Continue upwards to White Hill before descending past Powerscourt Waterfall and into Crone Woods.
DAY 9: Enniskerry - Marlay Park, Dublin
20km • 5 - 7 hrs • (↑) 570m
After passing around the side of Knockree Hill, you climb up and over the shoulder of a mountain known as Prince William's Seat. Take a last look back at the Wicklow Mountains before your tour ends on a lovely trail through Marlay Park.
DAY 10: Departure from Marlay Park, Dublin
There are regular bus and train services from Marlay Park to Dublin City Centre and to Dublin Airport. We will be happy to provide further details upon request.