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.
Ireland’s Ice Age has left a wonderful legacy in Wicklow National Park with its unique topography – aptly named the “Garden” of Ireland. Corrie lakes, U-shaped valleys, alpine heath and mountain cliffs captivate the visitor in a largely uninhabited landscape with vistas of the Irish Sea.
Discover the picturesque valleys of Glenmalure and the Glen of Immal, the rugged beauty of Lugnaquilla and 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 in Dublin City. On arrival at your first accommodation you will get your full detailed information pack.
Day 2: You will be transferred/driven by taxi to begin your first days walking at Marlay 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 3: Walk back to the Wicklow Way and 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 4: 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 5: Departure by bus to Dublin –Private Bus, St.Kevin’s Bus Service or Taxi.
Single Room Supplement: 5-day €150.
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