Day 1 Arrival in Bunclody
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Bunclody.
Day 2 Clonegal - Tallon’s Pub15.5 Miles / 25 Km 6-8 Hrs 540 Metres
After a transfer to Clonegal, your first day of walking is mainly along remote country roads through the rolling hills and quiet woodlands of south Wicklow. The trail passes close to Shillelagh, famous for giving its name to the quintessential Irish fighting stick. From the end of your hike at the charming Tallon’s Pub, also curiously known as the Dying Cow, you are transferred to your accommodation.
Day 3 Tallon’s Pub - Iron Bridge16.2 Miles / 26 Km 7-9 Hrs 580 Metres
Your day starts with a transfer to Tallon’s Pub. From there an old boreen leads you to a bridge over the Derry River. The grassy Coolafunshoge Lane brings you from there through woodlands around Ballycumber Hill before you skirt the tiny village of Moyne. The trail leads through forestry around Ballygobban Mountain and then down to the Ow River Valley and Iron Bridge, from where you will be transferred to your B&B.
Day 4 Iron Bridge - Laragh18 Miles / 29 Km 7-10 Hrs 800 Metres
You will be transferred to Iron Bridge from where you climb towards the forested summit of Carrickashane Mountain. From the old military road, built after the Irish rebellion of 1798, the route leads through forests onto the shoulder of Slieve Maan before descending to the crossroads at Glenmalure. A gradual ascent through the forests above the valley of Glenmalure is followed by a short, steep climb to Lugduff Gap. You then descend into Glendalough along the Wicklow Way.
Day 5 Glenealo Valley and the Spinc8.1 Miles / 13 Km 4-6 Hrs 550 Metres
This popular walk is not part of the Wicklow Way but it offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Wicklow. After a visit to the peaceful valley of Glendasan follow the Miners Road in Glendalough to the old ‘miner’s village’. An invigorating climb brings you to a bridge at the top of the valley from where hundreds of wooden steps lead to a ridge above the lake with spectacular views back towards Glendalough. Descend via the Poulanass Waterfall to the two lakes and the monastic village.
If you would like more of a challenge you can combine this hike with a loop walk over Trooperstown Hill which will add 12km and 390m of ascent (+3-5hrs).
Day 6 Laragh - Enniskerry16.2 or 18 Miles / 26 or 29 Km 7-10 Hrs 950/1250 Metres
Cross the Glenmacnass River from where you make your way up Paddock Hill and then down into Oldbridge. If the weather is good, take the opportunity to climb Scarr Mountain (641m) on the way. The route passes above iconic Lough Tay, the famous Guinness Lake and setting for many movies and TV series. From there you climb up to White Hill and around the bulk of Djouce mountain before descending past Powerscourt Waterfall into Crone Woods. A short transfer will bring you to your B&B.
Day 7 Enniskerry - Marlay Park, Dublin13.7 Miles / 22 Km 6-8 Hrs 520 Metres
After a short transfer to Crone Woods you pass around the side of Knockree Hill and then climb over the shoulder of Prince William’s Seat Mountain. Take a last look back at the Wicklow Mountains before one last climb up the flanks of Fairy Castle mountain in County Dublin which often offers great views over Dublin city. Your tour ends on a lovely trail through Marlay Park from where you can get a taxi transfer to your accommodation.
Day 8 Depart the Dublin Area
There are regular bus and train services to Dublin City Centre and to Dublin Airport. We will be happy to provide further details upon request.