Wicklow Way

A self-guided walking holiday through the fine valleys, mountains and farmland of the 'Garden of Ireland'.

The Wicklow Way was one of the first waymarked trails to be established in Ireland. It offers magnificent scenery through mountains, lakes, glacial valleys, forests and farmland that have led to County Wicklow becoming known as 'the Garden of Ireland.' As it leaves the capital city, passes through the rolling hills and mountains and ends in County Wicklow, this holiday takes in the most memorable stops on the Wicklow Way.

On arrival in Ireland's vibrant capital city of Dublin, there are endless fascinating locations to explore. A literary history dating back over a thousand years has seen Dublin labelled a UNESCO City of Literature, while the National Leprechaun Museum and unusual mummies at St Michan's Church reveal a more intriguing side to the city.

After a night absorbing the atmosphere in Dublin, a short journey by taxi will take you to the start of the Wicklow at Marlay Park, where the trail leads away from the hustle and bustle of the city and heads for the Dublin Mountains, where there are beautiful views of the sea and mountains.

As the trail enters County Wicklow, it soon passes through the Glencree Valley and reaches the charming village of Enniskerry, which serves as the gateway to Wicklow. Nearby, the House and Gardens of Powerscourt are a magnificent location from which to while away a few hours and visit Ireland's highest waterfall.

Leaving Enniskerry, the Wicklow Way pauses at a breath taking viewing point over the Powerscourt Waterfall, before skirting around the shoulder of Djouce Mountain and ascending White Hill. The steady climb is well rewarded with views over the lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan, before arriving in Ireland's highest village, Roundwood.

From Roundwood, the trail continues around the Barton Estate before departing from the Wicklow Way and heading to the top of Scarr Mountain, where there are wonderful vistas with rolling moorland and patchwork fields. From here, the trail descends on an old Mass Path to the picturesque village of Laragh.

On leaving Laragh, the trail heads into the beautiful valley of Glendalough, with its 6th century monastery and follows ancient roads, accompanied by views over Glendalough and of the Lugduff Mountain and the pass of Borenacrow. Soon, the trail arrives in the remote Glenmalure, in the heart of Wicklow, where Saint Kevin settled in the 6th century, having deemed it a place of solitude.

From Glenmalure, the trail passes the Drumgoff Barracks, once used by the British to martial the county from 1803 before climbing over the shoulder of Slieve Maan and ascending still to circle the summit of Carrickashane. Descending through the forest, the path drops down to the River Ow at Ironbridge.

Resuming the trail at Iron Bridge, a gradual slope leads up across Ballyteigue Bridge contouring around Sheilstown Hill with fantastic views across the surrounding fields and tracks. The tiny picturesque, Georgian village of Moyne sits at the bottom of the hill. Pass this and the St Colmcille's Well before enjoying easy walking into Tinahely.

Flanked by colourful wildflowers in the hedgerows, the final stage to Clonegal passes the famous Dying Cow pub, before winding its way between hills to reach Wicklow Bridge. Ahead is Huntington Castle, a fine Jacobean building and fitting end to the Wicklow Way historic journey.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spotting a glimpse of Sika Deer and maybe even Red Squirrels as you walk near Powerscourt House near Enniskerry.
  • Leaving the hustle and bustle of fascinating Dublin and heading into the peace and tranquillity of Wicklow.
  • Visiting the stunning Glenmalure Valley, with the lakes of Glendalough and its 6th century monastic settlement.

Wicklow Way

Dublin to Laragh through the stunning landscape of Wicklow.
Total Distance 84 miles (134 km)
Start and Finish Dublin to Clonegal
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Wicklow Way Glendalough
Wicklow Way St Kevins
Wicklow Way Powerscourt Waterfall
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WICKW1 8 nights, 7 days walking £925 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

For those with less time, we also offer shorter walks along the Wicklow Way - the Wicklow Way Highlights and Wicklow Way Taster Break.


Wicklow Way Highlights

Dublin to Glenmalure along the splendid landscape of the Wicklow Way.
Total Distance 53 miles (85 km)
Start and Finish Dublin City to Glenmalure
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Wicklow Way Highlights is a shorter walk from Dublin to Glenmalure, taking in some of the finest scenery along the Wicklow Way trail.

Having spent the night in the bustling capital city of Dublin, where there is a wealth of history and intrigue to explore, the trail begins at Marlay Park and heads further and further away into the peace and tranquillity of the Dublin Mountains, accompanied by views of mountains and sea.

Soon, the trail arrives on the border of County Wicklow and at the foot of the Glencree Valley, the wonderful village of Enniskerry welcomes you. Here, the Powerscourt Waterfall is an attraction not to be forgotten and as the trail leaves this charming village, a marvellous viewpoint over Ireland's highest waterfall is sure to be one of the highlights of the day.

After a steady ascent up White Hill, the trail descends to Roundwood, the highest village in Ireland and is treated to spectacular views over the glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan.

Leaving Roundwood, the trail continues to the beautiful village of Laragh through the valley of Glendalough. The monastic settlement at Glendalough, is wonderful place to visit. Named 'the valley of the two lakes,' Glendalough is home to a number of ancient buildings, including a cathedral, a chapel and several churches.

Finally, the trail crosses into the valley of Glenmalure and climbs steeply beside Poul an Eas Waterfall and to the Spink, a fantastic viewpoint that offers spectacular views over The Upper Lake at Glendalough.

Continuing over the shoulder of Lugduff Mountain, the views continues to impress on the descent to Glenmalure, where the views of Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in County Wicklow, serve as a reward for completing this superb walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature and full of lively restaurants, fascinating museums and interesting locations.
  • Visiting the ancient valley of Glendalough, 'the valley of the two lakes' where St Kevin founded a monastery.
  • Looking out from the viewpoint of the Spink, over the Upper Lake at Glendalough.
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Wicklow Way Glendalough Stream
Wicklow Way short break Glendalough
Wicklow Way St Kevins church
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WICKH1 6 nights, 5 days walking £620 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Wicklow Way Taster Break

Dublin to Laragh/Glendalough through the 'Garden of Ireland.'
Total Distance 32 miles (51 km)
Start and Finish Dublin City to Laragh/Glendalough
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Wicklow Way Taster Break is the perfect solution for those with less time. It closely follows the Wicklow Way as it crosses from Dublin, through magnificent mountains and continues south to Laragh, near the village of Glendalough.

Starting in the exciting and highly cultured capital city of Dublin, the trail leaves through Marlay Park and sets out along the Wicklow Way, crossing the Dublin Mountains with sea and mountain views along the way.

As the trail crosses into County Wicklow, the trail enters the Glencree Valley before arriving at the gateway to Wicklow, the charming village of Enniskerry.

Having being awed by the tumbling waters of the Powerscourt Waterfall, the trail climbs Djouce Moutain and reaches the summit of White Hill, wehre there are wonderful views of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. The trail then arrives in the highest village in Ireland, Roundwood.

Finally, following mountain and forest paths, skirting the Barton Estate and walking through the enchanting valley of Glendalough, the trail arrives in Laragh, with time to continue to Glendalough, where there is the fascinating monastic settlement that St Kevin established in the 6th Century.

The trail offers stunningly beautiful scenery, fascinating locations and charming villages and is sure to be memorable.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admiring Ireland's highest waterfall from the viewpoint over Powerscourt Waterfall.
  • Visiting the enchanting monastic settlement at Glendalough.
  • Catching a glimpse of Ireland's Sika Deer as you walk along forest tracks.
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Wicklow Way Dublin
Wicklow Way Glendalough landscape
Wicklow Way Lough Tay
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WICKSB 4 nights, 3 days walking £490 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.