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Independent Tour: Wicklow Way 10-day

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 50 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 649 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 649 Euro (EUR)

Like the rest of our self-guided tours this can be tailored to suit you. Our sample itinerary is from south to north but can be reversed around if it suits you better. The reason we have the trip designed this way is that you have all your traveling over in the first day, and when you finish your tour you are approximately 45 minutes away from Dublin city center.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Dublin to Clonegal. On your first day you will take the bus from Dublin to Bunclody. Where we will have you picked up and taken to your first accommodation, which is just outside the village of Clonegal.

Day 2: Clonegal to Shillelagh. On day two, your first day of walking takes you along some country roads through Newry forest, over Moilishe and Stookeen Hill down into the town land of Mungaculin. Your accommodation for the night will be in the 17th century village of Shillelagh. Which is famous for giving its name to the classic Irish stick cut from the hawthorn tree, "The Shillelagh". Distance: 23 Km, 14.3 Miles, Height gain: 122m, 366Ft.

Day 3: Shillelagh to Tinahely. Your journey from Shillelagh will take you back once again onto some quiet country roads. On your way you will pass St. Finian's Church; St. Finian was a holy man from County West-Meath who is associated with Christianizing the area. Tinahely is your destination for today. This little village on the banks of the river Derry was destroyed in the 1798 rebellion but was subsequently rebuilt and found a new lease of life with the coming of the railway in 1865, now a very beautiful village. Distance: 16 Km, 12.3 Miles, Height gain: 90m, 270Ft.

Day 4: Tinahely to Moyne. Your journey to Moyne takes you along peaceful forest trails, open mountainside and quiet country roads. Moyne was the birthplace of Edward C. Godwin, who founded the publication "New York Nation" in 1865. This section of the Wicklow Way takes in some fantastic views back over the area that you have passed through, and the adjacent counties of Carlow and Wexford, it also passes through an old Ring Fort or Fairy Fort. Distance: 14 Km, 8.7 Miles, Height gain: 100m, 300Ft.

Day 5: Moyne to Glenmalure. A long but very beautiful section of the Wicklow Way, that winds you through forest trails and into two spectacular valleys, the Ow Valley and the Glenmalure Valley. The Ow Valley lies at the base of Wicklow's largest Mountain, Lugnaquillia standing at 925m/1039Ft. The Glenmalure Valley is Ireland's longest glacier valley that stretches for over 16km/10miles, this peaceful valley will be the perfect place for you to spend the night. Distance: 21 Km, 13.1 Miles. Height gain: 230m, 690Ft.

Day 6: Glenmalure to Glendalough. The trail takes you steadily up out of the valley and as you climb, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the famous Glenmalure Waterfall will simply take your breath away. The trail crosses the side of Mullacor Mountain and into the valley of Glendalough "Gleann Dá Locha" the valley of two lakes. Glendalough is famous for its 6th Century Monastic Settlement, which you will be able to visit on your way. Distance: 14Km, 8miles, Height gain: 450m, 1350Ft.

Day 7: Glendalough to Roundwood (Following the Wicklow Way). This is a short day but a rewarding one; taking in some fantastic scenery and finishing in the highest village in Ireland, Roundwood at 260m/780Ft. You will also pass very close to our base, which is just outside the village of Laragh. We will give you the choice to extend your walk by taking in Scarr Mountain, or staying down low and doing an optional walk around one of the Roundwood Reservoirs, which supplies water to part of Dublin. Distance: 12Km, 7.5miles,
height gain: 250m, 750Ft.

Day 8: Roundwood to Enniskerry. This is a classic walk taking in views of, Lough Dan and Lough Tay it was in this area where many famous movies were filmed like Brave Heart, King Arthur, Dancing at Lughnasa and many more. This is also the original home of the Guinness Family and their residence is still to be seen at the top of the valley. You will cross over the side of Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate, where you will have some fantastic views over Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland's longest waterfall. Your second last night is spent in one of Wicklow's most charming villages, Enniskerry. Distance: 18Km, 11.25miles, height Gain: 600m, 1800Ft.

Day 9: Enniskerry to Marlay Park. You are almost done, just 17Km left and you will have completed Ireland's oldest way marked trail that covers a total distance of 127Km or 79miles. The last section takes you over Prince William's Seat where you will have stunning views over most of Dublin City, the Irish Sea and your final views back into the Wicklow Hills. Your trip finishes on a splendid trail that leads you into Marlay Park. Distance: 17Km, 10.6miles, height gain: 150m, 450Ft.

Day 10: It will take you approximately 45 minutes from your accommodation to the center of Dublin.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 9 nights B&B
- All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
- Breakfast is supplied each day
- Maps and all route details
- All transport where/if required within the tour Luggage Transfers daily while you walk
- All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
- Full back up service should you require it while on the tour

About This Supplier
Location: Ireland
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2007
Client Request Served: 203

Christopher Stacey is well acquainted with the mountains in all their moods. Having worked in forestry harvesting for most of his life, Christopher wished to share his love of nature and the richness of the traditional ways of his childhood. More recently, he has completed the BOS Mountain Leader course, which covers...

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