The Self-Guided City walk will allow you to explore some of the sites of this ancient City, visit the places made famous by Beckett, Swift, Joyce, Shaw, O’Casey and Behan, doing this at your own pace with the notes and directions provided. Then it’s a lovely walk out of the city starting at the gardens of Marley Park, and during the next few days, Enniskerry, the waterfalls at Powers and on to Glendalough … with its monastic majesty, vast history and breathtaking views. What a great way to see, experience, explore, walk, savour, what is unique in today’s modern world. … a rural/urban mix with the one Programme.
The county of Wicklow is often called ‘the Garden of Ireland’, alluding to the fine agricultural land and magnificent scenery in the hinterland of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. There are several fine country houses with estates: Powerscourt, Avondale, Russborough, Kilmacurragh, Kilruddery and Mount Usher. However, Wicklow is not all country estates and green, rolling hills. The Wicklow Mountains (which together with the Dublin Mountains form a single range) constitute the highest unbroken highland area in Ireland. The predominant rock is granite, forming a plateau mainly covered with peaty soil. Most of the valleys which cut into this plateau run down to the east coast (Glencullen, Glencree, Glendalough and Glenmalure) or west to the plains of Kildare and Carlow (Glen of Imaal and the Upper Liffey Valley).
The Wicklow Way starts at Marlay Park in South County Dublin, traverses the Wicklow Mountains from north to south and leaves the county in the south-west to finish in Co. Wicklow. It runs along the eastern escarpment, connecting many of the most scenic parts of Wicklow, such as Powerscourt Demesne, Djouce Mountain, the monastic city of Glendalough and the remote tranquillity of Glenmalure.
The jewel of Wicklow is undoubtedly Glendalough, ‘the valley of the two lakes’ where St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century. A number of buildings remain (mainly from the 10th and 11th centuries), including the cathedral, a chapel known as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, the round tower and several subsidiary churches. The nearby interpretative centre has an audio-visual presentation on monastic life in Ireland and a scale model showing how the monastic city looked in its heyday. The Upper Lake at Glendalough is in a deep U-shaped glacial valley which can be appreciated in full by making the steep climb to the viewpoint of the Spink.
Wicklow is an ideal area for walkers who want to enjoy splendid scenery without too much arduous terrain. Most of the walks are on well walked tracks, many of them waymarked, with some stretches on minor roads. The climate in Wicklow, being on the east coast, is noticeably drier than in the West of Ireland. Access to the region is simple from Dublin and a tour of Wicklow can easily be combined with a visit to Ireland’s capital.
Walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s great literary giants or follow the trail of “Molly Malone” through Dublin’s fair city. Theatre, music, fine-dining and wonderful pubs all await you in this Viking city that is so rich in history and culture. Your adventure in Wicklow National Park will take you through glorious mountain passes and lush glacial valleys rich in archaeological treasures. Experience the peace and tranquillity of Glendalough a 6th century monastic settlement nestled in the valley of two lakes. Add to this the warmth of the people, the cosy pubs, the charming villages and delicious organic food and you have just found your “perfect” holiday!
Day 1: Arrive Dublin Airport and transfer to the first nights accommodation in Dublin City Hotel. Transfer time from Airport to Hotel approx 50 minutes.
Day 2: Dublin City Trek … See the historical side of this modern European City and follow the trail of “Molly Malone” as she wheeled her wheelbarrow…. through Dublin’s fair city !!! Evening option to take the famous Dublin Literary Pub Walk. Overnight Dublin City Hotel.
Day 3: You will be transferred/driven by Taxi across the city to begin your first walk at Marley Park to the start of the Wicklow Way. You walk through Marlay Park before rising to cross the Dublin Mountains, enjoying sea and mountain views. Crossing the boundary into County Wicklow and descending into the Glencree Valley you walk to your accommodation in Enniskerry village. Overnight Enniskerry.
Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 18 km. Approx. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 500 metres. Path, some road walking, forest track and mountain path. Can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.
Day 4: Back on the Wicklow Way you continue across the Glencree Valley, around the shoulder of Djouce Mountain and over White Hill to finish in the lovely village of Roundwood. This walk takes you past the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall before climbing to walk around Djouce Mountain to your high point for the day on White Hill. As you descend you have glorious views of the spectacular glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. Overnight in Roundwood.
Walk Details: Approx. Distance: 21 km. Approx. Duration: 7 hours. Max. Height: 630 metres. Forest track, some road walking, mountain path. Some sections can be very wet and boggy. Boots essential.
Day 5: Leaving Roundwood you walk over Paddock Hill to the village of Laragh at the entrance to the valley of Glendalough. Today’s walk takes you around the perimeter of the Barton Estate before crossing Paddock Hill and descending by an old Mass Path to Laragh. You will have time to continue to Glendalough to visit this wonderful monastic settlement which is a truly magical place which demands time to enjoy. Overnight in Laragh/Glendalough.
Walk Details: Approx. Distance 12 km (to Laragh). Approx. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 360 metres. Some road walking, mountain path and forest track. Boots essential.
Day 6: After a full Irish Breakfast we have the option to return to Dublin via the Public Bus or Private Bus services, both available from Glendalough/Lauragh. There is also a Bus and Taxi service to Wicklow Town were there is a good Train Service south to Rosslare and north to Dublin.
Single Room Supplement: 6-day €180.
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