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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in B&Bs
Meals
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

$859USD

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Overview

Trip Code: TWW

Trip highlights


  • Magnificent scenery in the hinterland of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city
  • Glendalough, ‘the valley of the two lakes’ where St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century
  • Diverse countryside from the fine country estates of rolling hills to the Wicklow Mountains
  • Traditional Irish hospitality

Situated on the outskirts of Dublin is County Wicklow, a region of largely uninhabited landscapes and home to a network of unspoilt mountain trails that cut through what is arguably the greenest part of the 'Emerald Isle'. The Wicklow Way has attracted walkers from across the world eager to experience this stunning region's patchwork of landscapes which include country estates, picturesque valleys, heather-covered granite mountains, rolling green hills and tranquil forests. Following a series of way-marked trails, this short walk runs along the eastern escarpment connecting many of the most scenic parts of Wicklow, such as Powerscourt Demesne and Djouce Mountain as well as the jewel of Wicklow, the monastic settlement at Glendalough. At Glendalough there is the option to enjoy one of the most spectacular walks along the Wicklow Way; a steep climb to the Spink viewpoint from where you can gain a bird's eye view of Glendalough as well as appreciate the superb glacial valley below.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

On arrival at your first accommodation in Dublin, your host will give you your full detailed information pack and can suggest some local restaurants for dinner.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be transferred/driven by taxi to begin your walk at Marlay Park and the start of the Wicklow Way, a distance of around 4km. From the official start 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: Distance 18km/11.2mi, Max. height: 500m/1640ft. Some road walking, forest track and mountain path. Can be wet underfoot, boots essential.

Meals:  B

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: Distance 22km/13.5mi, Max. height: 630m/2066ft. Forest track, some road walking, mountain path. Some sections can be very wet and boggy, boots essential.

Meals:  B

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 taking a detour from the Wicklow Way to the top of Scarr Mountain. From here you descend by an old Mass Path to your overnight accommodation in Laragh. You will have time to continue to Glendalough to visit this wonderful monastic settlement, a truly magical place deserving of time to enjoy. Walk details: Distance 12km/7.5mi (to Laragh), Max. height: 360m/1181ft. Some road walking, mountain path and forest track. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast. Departure by public bus to Dublin (own expense) from both Glendalough/Laragh (details on www.buseireann) or there is a private bus: St Kevin’s Bus Service. The bus takes about 1 hour. There are also bus & taxi services to Wicklow town, where you can take the train to Dublin or south to Rosslare.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 full Irish breakfasts - Irish breakfasts usually start with porridge or cereals followed by fried eggs, bacon/sausages, tomato, toast (or any combination you prefer), coffee, tea and juices. A great start to the walking day.
  • 4 nights in B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Digital information by email (with route notes and maps) & app access per room booked (optional upgrade to premium services: includes printed documents & follow up calls during the tour - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Dublin and from Laragh
  • Lunch, dinner and all beverages (except at breakfast)
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and souvenir purchases, entrance fees, public transport etc.
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour

Grading

moderate  

MODERATE - GRADE 3 The trip is graded moderate with daily walks of between 4 and 7 hours at altitudes of 360m to 500m. The walking terrain is on a mixture of small roads, forest trails and mountain paths. Being Ireland, it is often wet underfoot and overhead and proper preparation is advised. A reasonable level of fitness is required to complete all stages comfortably.


Departure dates

daily from 15 Mar to 22 Oct

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Total Priceper person from

$859USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Optional premium services - includes printed documents & support calls during the trek ppUSD$39
  • Single SupplementUSD$270
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$380
*Prices listed are per person

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