- Hike the best of the famous Wicklow Way in Ireland’s Ancient East
- Discover the magic of the ancient valley and monastic city of Glendalough
- Visit Powerscourt Estate & Waterfall, rated among Top 10 Gardens of the World
- One night’s stay a deluxe eco-lodge & celebratory final night in Dublin
- 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels including 1 night in Dublin, and a stay in a Deluxe-grade eco-lodge.
- Most meals during the trip (Meals included are indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
- The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout.
- Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Dublin.
- 7 days of guided hiking along the famous Wicklow Way which weaves through the Wicklow Mountains at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
- Access to the pool and thermal suite at a spa retreat on Day 5 (please note that spa treatments and golfing are not included & should be booked in advance).
- A selection of local daily snacks.
- A historical Dublin walking tour on the final day.
- Entrance, activity and admission fees as stated in the itinerary.
Green Grades 1-3
Our hiking trips range from very straightforward low-level hikes to trips that include more challenging itineraries which will take you to a new mountain top each day.
Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and are generally over smoother (but usually not paved) terrain. We include more cultural stops along the way and walk at a leisurely pace.
Often our green graded trips include hikes in flatter coastal areas or in valleys, and will last around 2-4 hours each day. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:
Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascents, over generally good terrain?
While Hiking the Wicklow Way, relax in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels nestled into the scenic Wicklow landscapes. This trip includes:
- A stay in a luxurious Deluxe grade eco-lodge,
- Cosy lodges, guesthouses & BnBs
- The final night in historical hotel in downtown Dublin.
You will receive the name the names and locations of your hotels with your final info, a few weeks before your trip is due to start.
On Day 5, we’ll have the chance to relax in a luxuriant thermal suite and pool. Some of your lodgings also include a spa centre as well as a golf course. These experiences are not included in the trip price – if you would like to partake, please book them in advance.
All accommodations offer a complete breakfast. Most accommodations will also include comfy sitting rooms, libraries, roaring fires, charming grounds and garden paths and possibly even a small bar or pub.
You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide in Dublin Heuston Railway Station at 11 am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Dublin city centre by 12pm on Day 7.
Hiking the Wicklow Way, one of Ireland’s premier long distance hiking trails, weaves you through the heathery hills, enchanted lakes and historical sites in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
Irish naturalist Robert L. Praeger noted, “You can set foot on the heather six miles from Dublin and not leave it until…30 miles to the south.” And thus from this inspiration, the trail hiking the Wicklow Way was born.
New for 2019! Over the course of 7 days, we’ll hike the very best portions of the Wicklow Way on this fully guided adventure. The Wicklow Way meanders through forests and glaciated valleys, over hills and peaks and across the famous heathery hills of Wicklow.
We’ll visit historical sites like the ruins of the monastic city at Glendalough, the impressive gardens and waterfall at Powerscourt Estate, and historical downtown Dublin. Along the way, relax in a a lavish deluxe eco-lodge and cosy BnBs – and for the final night, we’re in for a treat at a historical Dublin hotel.
Day 1 – Dublin to Powerscourt Estate & Gardens
Our Wicklow Way adventure starts in lively Dublin. Setting off hiking the Wicklow Way, meander through lush forests home to ravens, deer, red squirrels and more. The trail winds over colourful heathland blanketed with brilliant pink and purple heather for which the Wicklow Way is famous. In the evening, we’ll stop at the beautiful Powerscourt Estate for tea, originally a 13th century castle lavishly embellished in the 1730s, with a chance to admire the magnificent extensive gardens, rated among National Geographic’s Top 10 Gardens of the World. (L,D)
Hike details: 6 km/3.7 miles, approx. 3-4 hours*
Day 2 –Powerscourt Waterfall to Lough Tay
Set in beautiful, verdant surroundings, marvel at the breathtaking Powerscourt Waterfall, the tallest cascade in the area. Rejoining the Wicklow Way, enjoy an open mountain trek across emerald slopes, home to the site of 70 year old plane crash, with the occasional parts of the alloy fuselage turning up in the heather. From the summit of the hill, savour the rich panorama of lakes and open country. Back on the Wicklow Way, enjoy expansive views of the heathery hills as we descend into a sweeping glacial valley and glittering Lough Tay, once inspiration to countless artists, writers and intelligentsia. (B,L)
Hike details: 9.5 km/6 miles, approx. 4-5 hours*
Day 3 – Lough Tay to Glendalough
Luggala Valley’s name comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘hollow of the hill’ and it’s a perfect example of a glaciated valley, carved out during an ice age more than 10,000 years ago. Until the Irish Famine of the 1840s, this area was heavily farmed; the shadows of long-abandoned potato fields and shells of tumbledown cottages still dot the landscape. Our hike ambles past the picturesque Lough Dan before winding along an ancient mass path, once used by visitors to St Kevin’s Church and the monastic site of Glenalough in its idyllic lake-side setting. (B,L)
Hike details: 13 km/miles, approx. 5-6 hours*
Day 4 –Glendalough Monastic Site to Glenmalure
When hiking the Wicklow Way, it’s crown jewel is the ancient monastic site of Glendalough – the Valley of the Saints. Once a great centre of learning, the monastic city has been a pilgrimage site for over a 1,000 years. Explore the ruins of this peaceful place as your guide spins legends to bring it alive. Rejoining the Wicklow Way, a spectacular hikes sweeps us past the lakes of Glendalough. A gentle climb carries us out of the valley through the wooded monastic grounds back in windswept wilds of Wicklow’s heathland. Marvel at the quiet panoramas missed by Dublin day trippers before our gentle descent into the next enchanting valley. (B,L)
Hike details: 18 km/11 miles, approx. 6-7 hours*
Day 5 –Glenmalure to the Iron Bridge
Our last day hiking the Wicklow Way, we leave behind the high peaks of the Wicklow Mountains and descend into the rolling, green pastures and emerald landscapes of south Wicklow. Our path weaves leisurely in and out of luscious green forests on Wicklow’s road less travelled. This afternoon, we’re in for a well-earned treat: relaxation at a spa retreat where we could book from the range of spa treatments or simply unwind in the relaxing pool and thermal suite. (B,L)
Hike details: 11 km / 7 miles, approx. 5-6 hours*
Day 6 – Great Sugar Loaf Mountain to Dublin
In the morning, either enjoy a slow morning, or you could take advantage of the spectacular 9 hole golf course or even spa treatments at our accommodation. Our final stop hiking in Wicklow is Great Sugar Loaf Mountain, dominating the Wicklow Way skyline. Standing apart from Wicklow’s other peaks, Great Sugar Loaf’s conical shape makes it an easy climb. The rewarding views over the captivating countryside we’ve just conquered is a fitting end to a fantastic week on the trail! Tonight, we celebrate our hiking the Wicklow Way achievements with a final dinner celebration in the bustling downtown Dublin.(B,L,D)
Hike details: 2.5 km/1.5 miles, approx. 2 hours*
Day 7 – Dublin Walking Tour & Depart
After a relaxing final morning, we’ll explore the lively, cosmopolitan city of Dublin on a historical walking tour led by local history enthusiasts. Learn about Irish history from the founding of Dublin, the Great Famine, world wars, and of course, the Easter Rising and War of Irish Independence. (B)
Walk details: Approx. 2 hours*
*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements at the discretion of the Wilderness Ireland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.
**Golf course & Spa treatments not included & must be booked in advance.