Self Guided - The Wicklow Way

Nancy & Sharon

Sunday 28th April – Friday 3rd May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Overview

It’s hard to believe that just a few miles from Dublin’s bustling city centre is one of Ireland’s most beautiful national parks and most famous long distance trails. Ireland’s premier long distance trail, the Wicklow Way, tracks through glorious mountain valleys, lush forests and across heathery uplands as well as ancient monastic sites, crystal-clear lakes and historic estates.

On this self guided trip, trek along the Wicklow Way’s most spectacular sections in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park before descending into green valleys and farmland.

Relax in a perfect combination of cosy village B&Bs before finishing up with a night in a deluxe eco-lodge. Focus on the trail and its jaw-dropping beauty and leave the logistics to us, as transport to and from Dublin, luggage transfers and private transfers to the trailhead are all prearranged where required. By choosing a self guided trip, enjoy the flexibility of walking at your own pace, starting as early or late as you prefer, stopping for as many photos as you’d like or challenging yourself with additional walks.

Highlights

  • Trek 70 km on the Wicklow Way through glacial valleys, heather-clad mountain sides and green forest paths.
  • All accommodation, luggage transfers, maps, route notes and transfers to Dublin are included.
  • Spend your final night at a deluxe eco-lodge and enjoy the geothermal spa.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 28th April - Glencullen to Enniskerry

You will be met in Dublin and transferred to Ireland’s highest pub, Johnny Fox’s, where you’ll have the chance to pick up some lunch before walking to the start point of your first day on the Wicklow Way. Tracking through woodlands before reaching open hillside blanketed in rich purple heather, today’s walk is a perfect introduction to things to come. Your first stunning views open out before you as you walk along the shoulder of the hill known as Prince William’s Seat. Cross the county boundary between Dublin and Wicklow somewhere along the way as you head further into the rich wilds of the Wicklow Mountains. After your first day’s walk, arrive back at your B&B where you’ll find your bags waiting for you.

Overnight: Enniskerry | Enniskerry Inn
Room Type: x2 Single
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 14 km / 9 miles | 300 m / 984 ft elevation gain

Day 1 - Directions Read More +

Route notes from Johnnie Foxes to the trailhead: Departing Johnnie Foxes, turn right and continue straight through the crossroads onto Ballybrack Road. Walk approx. 1.5km until you join the Wicklow Way at grid reference 0 17424 20734, turning left at the fork of the road into Boranaraltry Lane. Continue along the tarmac road for half a kilometre until turning left off road at grid reference O 17367 19558. (Pg.38 in your guidebook).

Google Maps Route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/gr8wUvdGiqpbynW46

Route notes from trailhead to accommodation: You will reach the end of the trail at Cloon Curtlestown Wood, grid reference O 18486 16794. Turn left when you meet the road and it’s a 5km walk along the L1011 road to your accommodation in Enniskerry.

Google maps from trail to accommodation: https://goo.gl/maps/hybDfWeh8BrGg9t7A

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Justin
Pick Up Location: Staycity Aparthotels Dublin City Centre | Pick Up Time: 12:00 pm
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will meet you outside of your accommodation at the above time.

Day 1 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend grabbing a packed lunch from Poppies Cafe or Bear Paw Deli, located next door to your accommodation.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your accommodation tonight. Alternatively, we’d recommend  Summerhill House Hotel or Emilia’s Italian Restaurant

Day 2 - Monday 29th April - Enniskerry to Roundwood

Back on the trail, you’ll follow forest tracks until you reach the outskirts of the Powerscourt Estate. Drink in the stunning, panoramic views of Powerscourt’s famous waterfall, the tallest in Ireland. History buffs might like to learn about Powerscourt’s association with Charles Parnell, a vocal advocate for Irish home rule in the late 1800s. The official Wicklow Way trail itself winds below Djouce Hill, but if weather conditions and energy levels allow, a detour to the summit is well worth it. Enjoy expansive views of the heathery hills as you descend into the sweeping Luggala Valley towards glittering Lough Tay – nicknamed the “Guinness Lake.” Ancestral home of the Guinness family, this valley and the house on the shore of the lake have profound associations with many of Ireland’s literary and artistic greats. After the hike, a taxi is arranged to pick you up and take you to Glendalough Hotel.

Overnight: Glendalough | Glendalough Hotel
Room Type: x2 Single
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 18 km / 11 miles | 500 m / 1,640 ft elevation gain

Day 2 - Directions Read More +

Route notes from accommodation to trailhead: From The Enniskerry Inn, turn left leaving your accommodation and continue following the L1011 until your reach grid reference O 18343 16632, turning left onto the Wicklow Way.

Google Maps from accommodation to trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/xirU6jMc7MB2pVnE7

Walking route from trailhead to your accommodation: At the road junction on pg. 46 of your guidebook, leave the way by turning left. Follow the signs for Roundwood Village, which is about 2.2km away. Your taxi will pick you up at approx. 4pm at Roundwood Inn.

Google Maps from accommodation to trailhead: https://maps.app.goo.gl/LpTcY7ohRFU4cAgcA

Day 2 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Glendalough Cabs
Pick Up Location: Roundwood Inn Pub & Restaurant | Pick Up Time: 4:00 pm
Phone: +353 87 972 9452

Day 2 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend collecting a packed lunch from your accommodation.

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Vartry House or Roundwood Inn. 

Your accommodation provides a shuttle service into town.

Day 3 - Tuesday 30th April - Roundwood to Glendalough

This morning, a taxi is arranged to pick you up and take you to Roundwood, where you start today’s hike. Until the terrible Great Famine of the 1840s, this part of Wicklow was heavily populated and farmed. As you walk keep an eye out for the remains of the tiny cottages and the ridges of long-abandoned potato fields dotting the green countryside. Upon approaching the village of Laragh, you will reach the junction with the final section of St Kevin’s Way, an ancient pilgrimage route or mass path that brought worshippers to the shrine of St Kevin at Glendalough. Your hotel is ideally situated a stone’s throw away from the jewel in the Wicklow Way’s crown: the ancient monastic site of Glendalough. Early medieval Ireland was Europe’s centre of culture with scholars travelling from all over to study at the country’s great monastic centres. Glendalough was one of the biggest and most famous of all.

Overnight: Glendalough | Glendalough Hotel
Room Type: x2 Single
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 12 km / 7 miles | 750 m / 2,461 ft elevation gain

Day 3 - Directions Read More +

Route notes from accommodation to trailhead: Your taxi will drop you at the beginning of the Wicklow Way trail this morning.

Route notes from trailhead to accommodation: Your walk will finish directly across from your next accommodation at grid reference T 12415 96938.

Walking route to your accommodation Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/6Hv7ZMQ8ZitBNZrc9

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Glendalough Cabs
Pick Up Location: Glendalough Hotel | Pick Up Time: 9:00 am
Phone: +353 87 972 9452

Day 3 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend collecting a packed lunch from your accommodation.

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Wicklow Heather for dinner tonight.

Day 4 - Wednesday 1st May - Glendalough to Glenmalure

Today offers some of the best scenery on the trip as you crest the hills above Glendalough’s Upper and Lower lakes at the junction of four glaciated valleys. You’ll pass Poulanass Waterfall before joining the forest road which will weave its way higher and higher until you reach the boggy saddle between Mullacor and Lugduff. As you descend, Ireland’s longest valley lies below you. Take in the panoramic views as you make your way to the valley floor and the welcome fire at the local Lodge.

Overnight: Glenmalure | Glenmalure Lodge
Room Type: x2 Single
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 13 km / 8 miles | 400 m / 1,312 ft elevation gain

Day 4 - Directions Read More +

Route notes from accommodation to trailhead: Just after the Glendalough Visitors Centre at grid reference T 12488 96804, take the footbridge over the Glendasan River to join the Wicklow Way. Today your walk will cross paths with various other walks such as St. Kevin’s Way and Miner’s Way, so keep your eye on the map.

Route notes to the start of the trail: https://goo.gl/maps/zVBYkTxCAHW6cc8K8

Route notes from trailhead to accommodation: Leaving the Wicklow Way at T 10764 91120, turn right onto the road it’s a short 200m walk down to the crossroads. Take left, and your accommodation. Glenmalure Lodge is on your left hand side.

Walking route to your accommodation Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/HZd8mFywM5byTNh79

Day 4 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend collecting a packed lunch from your accommodation.

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your hotel tonight.

Day 5 - Thursday 2nd May - Glenmalure to Iron Bridge & Eco Lodge

Leaving behind the peaks of the Wicklow Mountains, the Wicklow Way meanders through lush forest tracks in the rolling landscape of south Wicklow. Offering views over the emerald farmlands of Ireland’s Ancient East, this is the quietest part of the trail, and chances are you’ll have it to yourself. The first 14 km brings you to the Iron Bridge, one of the Wicklow Way’s most remote spots. The next 7km winds along quiet country lanes to your eco-lodge, where you can relax in luxury. Alternatively, you can pre-arrange a taxi to meet you at the Iron Bridge and take you the rest of the way to your accommodation.Access to the geo-thermally-powered thermal suite is included – soak your tired legs at the trail’s end.* There are a few dining options on-site, including Ireland’s finest organic-certified restaurant. Feast on ingredients foraged in the hills that you’ve just hiked.

*Please note that spa treatments are not included and should be booked in advance

Overnight: Brooklodge
Room Type: x2 Single
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 19 km / 12 miles | 200 m / 656 ft elevation gain

Day 5 - Directions Read More +

Route notes from accommodation to trailhead: From your accommodation turn left at the crossroads. Continue down the road until grid reference T 10365 90531, where you will turn right to join the Wicklow Way.

Google Maps route notes from accommodation to trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/mxnfEcq3FSyHMU4M7

Route notes from trailhead to accommodation: The Wicklow Way trail itself ends at the Iron Bridge today, grid reference T 07277 84785. Turn left leaving the trail and keep straight about 6km, walking to grid reference T 12233 82416 where you will take a right turn onto a lane, entering the grounds of Brook Lodge & Macreddin Village.

Google Maps route notes to accommodation:https://goo.gl/maps/FuLNw6ggmttdYaox5

Day 5 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend collecting a packed lunch from your accommodation.

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your hotel tonight.

Day 6 - Friday 3rd May - Dublin & Departure

This morning, you will be transferred back to Dublin (city or airport) after check out. You may choose to return home, or carry on your stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Marge Hughes
Pick Up Location: Brooklodge & Macreddin Village Hotel | Pick Up Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 1 hrs
Phone: +353 87 260 5346

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More

This self guided trip includes the following:

  • 5 nights accommodation in hand-picked, family-run guesthouses, B&Bs, and boutique hotels
  • Breakfast each morning (barring Day 1) in your accommodation or a local cafes
  • Transfers to and from the start and end point of the trail where walking to accommodations is not possible
  • All luggage transfers
  • Transfer to and from Dublin city / airport at the start and end of the trip
  • Access to the pool at thermal suite at final hotel*
  • Route notes, OS maps and trail guides
  • 24/7 phone support
Notes Read More

Outdoor Active

Outdoor active is a great app that allows you view digital route guides, outdoor maps & provides GPS navigation features. You can download the app on your phone and follow the route notes below while you are out on the trail. There is no need to pay for the pro version, as these routes are available without it. You can also access and track the routes without data on your phone. These route notes begin and end at your accommodation.

Day 1 Johnnie Foxes to Enniskerry Inn 13.4km, 

Day 2: Enniskerry Inn to Roundwood Inn

Day 3: Start of trail outside of Roundwood to Glendalough Hotel

Day 4 Glendalough Hotel to Glenmalure Lodge 13.1km

Day 5 Glenmalure Lodge to Brooklodge & Macreddin Village 19.6km

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Get in Touch


Accommodation

The Enniskerry Inn

Enniskerry | Co. Wicklow |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 273 4992
Web: theenniskerryinn.ie

Glendalough Hotel

Glendalough | Co. Wicklow |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)404 45135
Web: glendaloughhotel.com

The Glenmalure Lodge

Carriglinneen | Glenmalure | Co. Wicklow |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)404 46188
Web: glenmalurelodge.ie

BrookLodge

Macreddin Village | Aughrim | Co. Wicklow |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)402 36444
Web: brooklodge.com