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Wicklow Way Short Break

Wicklow Way Short Break

A short walking holiday from Dublin to Laragh through the Garden of Ireland.

4 nights
33 miles

From £515 per person

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About this route

The Wicklow Way Short Break is the perfect solution for those with less time. It follows the Wicklow Way as it meanders from Dublin to Laragh, near the village of Glendalough.

The walk crosses the Dublin Mountains and the Djouce Mountain, offering rewarding views from the summits, as well as the enchanting valleys of Glencree and Glendalough. The settlements along the way are worth exploring, including Enniskerry, known as the ‘gateway to Wicklow’, and Roundwood, the highest village in Ireland.

The stunningly beautiful scenery, fascinating locations and charming villages of this trail are sure to satisfy and entice walkers of all tastes. 

© Contours Walking Holidays Wicklow Way Short Break map
Dublin City to Laragh/Glendalough
33 miles (53 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring Ireland's highest waterfall from the viewpoint over Powerscourt Waterfall.

Visiting the enchanting monastic settlement at Glendalough and exploring its intriguing history.

Catching a glimpse of Ireland's Sika Deer while meandering along forest tracks. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
WICKSB From Dublin City to Laragh/Glendalough 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£515

Wicklow Way Short Break 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please be aware that Day 3 includes an optional shorter route and also a high route alternative. The advertised mileage is for the Main Route along the Wicklow Way to Laragh/Glendalough. 

To ensure that you are accommodated within close proximity of restaurants, cafes or pubs for your evening meal, our Wicklow Way tours involve some short transfers. These are all pre-arranged and included in the cost of the holiday.

All information regarding transfers will be included in your holiday pack, but if you would like more information prior to booking, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please also keep in touch if you need further details regarding the two alternative routes for Day 3 - we'll be very happy to assist. 


Travel to Dublin City where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Dublin City to Curtlestown Wood. 11.5 miles (18km)
Due to a lack of accommodation in Curtlestown Wood you will be accommodated in Enniskerry. Transport is provided to take you from Curtlestown Wood to your accommodation and return you to the path the following morning.

Day 2

Curtlestown Wood to Oldbridge/Roundwood. 14.5 miles (23.5km)

Day 3

Oldbridge/Roundwood to Laragh/Glendalough. 7.5 miles (12km)


Depart from Laragh/Glendalough after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Dublin City)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is an excellent way to extend your holiday and to ensure that you have enough time to visit the wonderful attractions along the trail.

If you like the liveliness of the city, an extra night in Dublin at the start of your walk will give you time to explore its many fascinating shops, cafes, museums and historic sites. It is also a UNESCO City of Literature, so perfect for fans of Literature.

Enniskerry is a superb choice for a rest day. From here, you can visit Powerscourt House and gardens, as well as its magnificent waterfall.

An extra day in Roundwood is a good choice for those wishing to explore the surrounding valley and Lough Dan.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Dublin City)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 33 miles (53 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Code: WICKSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Dublin City
End of holiday: Laragh/Glendalough

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air: The most convenient city and international airport is Dublin.

By Rail - There are two major railway stations in Dublin at the start of the trail. The nearest railway station to the end of the walk is at Rathdrum (8 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run through Dublin, including from the airport to the city centre. There are no suitable public transport options from Laragh/Glendalough to Rathdrum, so a taxi will be required.

From Dublin - Take a bus or taxi to your accommodation.

Return to start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi to Rathdrum, followed by the train to Dublin.

For planning journeys by public transport in Ireland, please visit:

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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