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 • (↑) 210m
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 - Laragh
29km (31km via Spink) • 7 - 9 hours • (↑) 800m
The trail now climbs steeply upwards to Borenacrow Saddle. The scenery here is stunning in all directions. From the saddle, you can choose to descend into Glendalough either along the Wicklow Way or to take the longer, but arguably more beautiful route via the Spink.
DAY 6: Laragh - Enniskerry
26km (29km via Scarr) • 7 - 9 hours • (↑) 950/1250m
After crossing the Glenmacnass River you make your way up Paddock Hill then down into Oldbridge. If the weather is good, take the opportunity to climb Scarr Mountain (641m). Another short climb takes you past Powerscourt Waterfall on your right before you head down into Crone Woods.
DAY 7: Enniskerry - Marlay Park, Dublin
22km • 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 8: 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.