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Guided Tour: Wicklow Way

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 50 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 750 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 750 Euro (EUR)

Our tour takes you through one of Ireland's premier counties Wicklow, which has earned itself the noble title of 'The Garden of Ireland'. The Wicklow Way is 127Km/80 miles and runs north south through the county, taking in many of its fine glens, lush green pastures and peaceful Corrie lakes. Over some of it's gentle mountains that are covered with a blanket of peat and heather, combined with forests of coniferous plantations. You will have a chance to visit Powerscourt Gardens, one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Stop off in Glendalough and take a step back in time to visit the 6th century Monastic City of St. Kevin. Stroll around some of the quaint villages that you will meet along the way.

You will be based in four different accommodations for the tour. Your luggage will be moved from each accommodation to the next leaving you free to walk with only your day pack.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: We will pick you up in Dublin and transfer to your first accommodation, which is in the village of Enniskerry that nestles at the base of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains. After settling in to your accommodation and getting some light refreshments we will visit Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Day 2: Our first days' walking takes us to the start of the Wicklow Way in Marlay Park, just outside of Dublin City. The trail takes us through Marlay Park and onto Kilmashogue Mountain. Here we will visit a Bronze Age tomb that is believed to date back to around 2000 B.C. As we progress along the trail onto Kilmashogue and Fairy Castle Mountain the views of Dublin City and the Irish Sea start to unfold before you. Our walk finishes at Curtlestown Wood where we will be picked up and taken back to our accommodation in Enniskerry. On this section you will have the option to shorten your walk to 10Km, leaving the trail at Glencullen. Distance: 19Km, 11.8 Miles, Ascent: 700m, 2100Ft.

Day 3: Today you will leave Enniskerry and move to your next accommodation in the village of Laragh where you will stay for two nights. Our walk starts where we left off the previous day, at Curtlestown Wood and takes us onto Knockree Hill and down into the beautiful and peaceful valley of Lackandarragh. Onto Crone Forest where, we will have towering views of Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland's longest waterfall. Here the river Dargle cascades down the mountain for a distance of 250m, 750Ft into a rocky plunge pool below, before meandering its way down the valley and out into the Irish Sea. The trail takes us onto the side of Djouce Mountain, over White Hill and out at Lough Tay, once again we will have some fantastic views from this point. Our day finishes in the village of Round wood, Ireland's highest village and after some energizing refreshments you will be transported to your accommodation in Laragh. Distance: 18Km, 11.2 Miles, Ascent: 550m, 1650Ft.

Day 4: Today's walk starts and finishes in Laragh Village, the first part of the day is off the Wicklow Way Trail. After leaving the village our walk takes us into Ballard Forest where, we will start a steady climb onto Trooperstown Mountain. This is the most central mountain in the Wicklow Mountains and on a clear day it is possible to see almost all the peaks in the range and beyond. The trail takes us gently down into Trooperstown Forest, over the Avonmore River and up onto Paddock Hill to re-join the Wicklow Way. From Paddock Hill we will have magnificent views back over the walk that we have already completed and for the remaining section back to Laragh Village. This is the shortest walk of the week, but what it lacks in distance is more then made up for in scenery. Distance: 10Km, 6 miles, Ascent: 400m, 1200Ft.

Day 5: Out tour takes us to the monastic city of Glendalough, which was founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century and became a hub of learning in Europe. This University City was Ireland's earliest pro to-urban development. By the seventh century, Ireland held an intellectual primacy unmatched in Europe. Today, history lives in the ruins of Glendalough. Its imposing round tower overlooks a scene of tranquil beauty - a valley of two lakes (Gleann Da'Loch). After finishing our guided tour of the ruins the trail leads us up into the valley and out onto an area known as the Spinc. From here we will have sweeping views over the lakes, the Monastic City and surrounding countryside. The day finishes in the valley of Glenmalure, Ireland's longest Glacier Valley. Our accommodation for the night is in the valley. Distance: 15Km, 9.3 Miles, Ascent 510m, 1530Ft.

Day 6: After spending a relaxing night in Glenmalure it is time to pack our bags once more and move to our final accommodation in Tinahealy. The trail takes us out of this heavenly glen along an old military road, over the Avonbeg River and into Clohernagh Forest. From here you will start to see a change in the landscape of the Wicklow Way, from open mountains, valleys, lakes and streams, to gentler hillside overlooking a patchwork of farmland below. At the end of today's walk we will take a short visit to the Vale of Avoca. Here we will visit Avoca Woolen Mills, Ireland's oldest working woolen mills. Avoca was the setting for the series "Ballykisangel" so a visit to Fitzgerald's Pub is a must. Distance: 14Km, 8.7 Miles, Ascent: 420m, 1260 Ft.

Day 7: The final days walk starts in the densely wooded Ow Valley. An area that will give you a feel for what the landscape in Ireland may have looked like many hundred of thousands of years ago before forest were cleared to make way for agriculture. The trail traverses through many forest tracks and country roads, passes the old village of Moyne, which was the birthplace of Edward C. Godwin, who founded the New York Nation in 1865. The trail passes through an old Fairy Rath or Ring-Fort, said to be associated with the Fairies or Leprechauns, who became known in Irish legend as The Wee Folk. Distance: 21Km, 13 Miles, Ascent: 540m, 1600Ft.

Day 8: Depart for Dublin.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation is approved and all rooms will be en-suite
- All meals to include: 7 Breakfasts and 6 Packed Lunches
- All transport to include: Pickup at Dublin Airport and Return to Dublin Airport at the end of your tour
- All transport to and from walks and evenings out, plus a guide

Price Excludes:
- Evening Meals

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