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 - Shillelagh12.4 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 360 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. 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 - Tinahely13 Miles / 21 Km 5-7 Hrs 350 Metres
Quiet country roads lead you around Cronelea Hill and past the curiously named ‘Dying Cow Pub. An old boreen guides you to a bridge over the Derry River from where the grassy Coolafunshoge Lane brings you through some woodland and around Ballycumber Hill. An old country lane leads you from there into Tinahely village.
Day 4 Tinahely - Iron Bridge12.4 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 550 Metres
A gentle climb leads you out of the village to rejoin the Wicklow Way underneath Ballycumber Hill. After passing an ancient ringfort, 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 to Iron Bridge from where you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Day 5 Iron Bridge - Glenmalure8.1 Miles / 13 Km 4-5 Hrs 420 Metres
After a transfer to Iron Bridge, you climb from the Ow River Valley towards the forested summit of Carrickashane Mountain. From the old military road, built after the Irish rebellion of 1798, climb through forests onto the shoulder of Slieve Maan before descending to the crossroads at Glenmalure.
Day 6 Glenmalure - Glendalough (via the Spinc and Glenealo Valley)9.9 Miles / 16 Km 5-7 Hrs 560 Metres
This hike offers some of the best scenery in Wicklow. An invigorating climb from Glenmalure brings you up to the northern ridge of the valley where you leave the Wicklow Way. A trail above the Upper Lake of Glendalough offers spectacular views before you descend hundreds of wooden steps to the Glenealo River. Make your way down to the Miner’s Road and the remains of the old ‘miner’s village’ from where a beautiful walk along the wooded lake shores leads you to the monastic village of Glendalough.
Day 7 Glendalough - Roundwood9.3 Miles / 15 Km 5-6 Hrs 700 Metres
Follow the trail from Glendalough through Brockagh Forest and cross the Glenmacnass River before climbing up Paddock Hill. From here you leave the Wicklow Way to head for Scarr Mountain (641m) which offers beautiful views over the mountains. Your walk ends in the village of Roundwood from where you will be transferred to your B&B.
Day 8 Roundwood - Enniskerry10.6 Miles / 17 Km 5-7 Hrs 550 Metres
Today’s hike is widely considered to be the highlight of the Wicklow Way trail. After a transfer and short climb, you often get wonderful views over the nearby Vartry Reservoir. You then pass above iconic Lough Tay, the famous Guinness Lake and setting for many movies and TV series. 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 9 Enniskerry - Marlay Park, Dublin22 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 brings you 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 10 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.
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