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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

Ireland: County Wicklow

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 6-8 Miles Daily

Ireland: County Wicklow

County Wicklow is one of Ireland’s true scenic treasures—a place where idyllic pastoral views frame quaint villages, and walking trails follow rivers and glens across verdant mountains and valleys. The Wicklow Way, Ireland’s first long-distance trail, is just one of this region’s welcoming routes that include everything from gentle shoreline strolls to boardwalk ridgeline trails. Ramble down paths to sights like the sixth-century ruins and famous round tower of St. Kevin Monastery. Explore Wicklow Mountains National Park, then follow Derrybawn Woodland Trail to scenic waterfalls and expansive overlooks. Enjoy exceptional vistas along Mullacor Col Trail, and take the scenic route to Knockree, past glittering Lough Tay to Ireland’s highest waterfall and the impeccably restored 13th-century Powerscourt House and Gardens. Between walks, relax and refresh in traditional pubs where delightful live music provides a soundtrack to your personal Irish adventure.


Tour Highlights:
  • Follow the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s first long-distance walking route, through quiet woodland to Poulanass waterfall.
  • Take time to explore one of the most important historic religious sites in Ireland, as you tour the tower, hermitage, and monastery of Glendalough.
  • Relax in a centrally located hotel with a lively pub that dates to 1776 where you’ll easily connect with locals while enjoying live music.
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5 days, 4 nights

FROM $1,198 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Dublin & Transfer to Glendalough

Transfer from Dublin to the gorgeous glacial Vale of Glendalough (“Valley of Two Lakes”). Your hotel in the village of Laragh is less than a mile from the walking trails of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Accommodation: Lynham’s Hotel, Laragh

A traditional hotel with a historical pub dating from 1776, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Spacious guestrooms are comfortably furnished, with classic décor and warm colors. With views of the national park and miles of trails and forest roads out the door, the hotel is also just under a mile from the monastic complex of St. Kevin at Glendalough. Several dinner options are available, including the hotel’s pub with a casual atmosphere, or perhaps an exquisite 3-course menu at the nearby Glendasan River Restaurant.

Day 2

Derrybawn Woodland Trail

After a full Irish breakfast, embark on today’s walk along the Derrybawn Woodland Trail. Cross the river, pass the valley’s lower lake, and climb through mixed woodlands to the Poulanass Waterfall, enjoying fine valley views from the side of Derrybawn Mountain. Extend your walk along the area’s well-marked trail network, or relax over a pint back at your hotel’s pub (accompanied by music on Saturday nights).

Accommodation: Lynham’s Hotel, Laragh

A traditional hotel with a historical pub dating from 1776, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Spacious guestrooms are comfortably furnished, with classic décor and warm colors. With views of the national park and miles of trails and forest roads out the door, the hotel is also just under a mile from the monastic complex of St. Kevin at Glendalough. Several dinner options are available, including the hotel’s pub with a casual atmosphere, or perhaps an exquisite 3-course menu at the nearby Glendasan River Restaurant.

Day 3

The Spinc and Wicklow Way

Today’s stunning route runs partly along the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest long-distance walking trail. From the Poulanass Waterfall, climb 600 steps to the Spinc, where a mile-long boardwalk follows the cliff’s edge, affording sweeping panoramas of the hills and valleys below—and, on a clear day, the distant Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Continue climbing for wonderful views of the steep U-shaped Glenmalure Valley and the Wicklow Mountains’ highest peak, Lugnaquilla. Afterwards, return to your hotel along the Wicklow Way.

Accommodation: Lynham’s Hotel, Laragh

A traditional hotel with a historical pub dating from 1776, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Spacious guestrooms are comfortably furnished, with classic décor and warm colors. With views of the national park and miles of trails and forest roads out the door, the hotel is also just under a mile from the monastic complex of St. Kevin at Glendalough. Several dinner options are available, including the hotel’s pub with a casual atmosphere, or perhaps an exquisite 3-course menu at the nearby Glendasan River Restaurant.

Day 4

Glendalough to Enniskerry

Today’s longer walk rambles over a combination of boardwalks, paths, and quiet back roads. Climb above mesmerizing Lough Tay, a dark lake with a cream-colored sandy beach (reminiscent of a pint of Guinness!). Here you’ll join the Wicklow Way’s highest and most scenic section along the side of Djouce Mountain, with extensive views along Ireland’s east coast. After picnicking by the Dargle River, watch for the abundant deer of Powerscourt Estate as you climb to Ireland’s highest waterfall, then descend to the flower-filled banks of the Glencree River. Your home tonight is an upscale B&B in the charming 18th-century village of Enniskerry.

Accommodation: Ferndale B&B, Enniskerry

An intimate, upscale bed-and-breakfast in the charming 18th-century village of Enniskerry. Guest rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings and carpets in this historical home and garden. Nearby is the Powerscourt Estate, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historical castle and garden complexes, dating from 1300, and significantly altered in the 18th century. Also within walking or short driving distance are pubs and restaurants, including the famous Johnnie Fox’s Pub, where traditional music is played every night.

Day 5

Departure from Dublin

After breakfast, return to Dublin for onward travels.

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Day 1

Arrival in Dublin & Transfer to Glendalough

Transfer from Dublin to the gorgeous glacial Vale of Glendalough (“Valley of Two Lakes”). Your hotel in the village of Laragh is less than a mile from the walking trails of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Accommodation: Heather House B&B, Laragh

A lovely bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the picturesque village of Laragh and the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Spacious apartment-style guestrooms are comfortably furnished, with classic décor and warm colors. The affiliated and highly-acclaimed Wicklow Heather Restaurant is just a short walk away, as is the local historical pub dating from 1776. With views of the national park and miles of trails and forest roads out the door, the hotel is also just under a mile from the monastic complex of St. Kevin at Glendalough.

Day 2

Derrybawn Woodland Trail

After a full Irish breakfast, embark on today’s walk along the Derrybawn Woodland Trail. Cross the river, pass the valley’s lower lake, and climb through mixed woodlands to the Poulanass Waterfall, enjoying fine valley views from the side of Derrybawn Mountain. Extend your walk along the area’s well-marked trail network, or relax over a pint back at your hotel’s pub (accompanied by music on Saturday nights).

Accommodation: Heather House B&B, Laragh

A lovely bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the picturesque village of Laragh and the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Spacious apartment-style guestrooms are comfortably furnished, with classic décor and warm colors. The affiliated and highly-acclaimed Wicklow Heather Restaurant is just a short walk away, as is the local historical pub dating from 1776. With views of the national park and miles of trails and forest roads out the door, the hotel is also just under a mile from the monastic complex of St. Kevin at Glendalough.

Day 3

The Spinc and Wicklow Way

Today’s stunning route runs partly along the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest long-distance walking trail. From the Poulanass Waterfall, climb 600 steps to the Spinc, where a mile-long boardwalk follows the cliff’s edge, affording sweeping panoramas of the hills and valleys below—and, on a clear day, the distant Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Continue climbing for wonderful views of the steep U-shaped Glenmalure Valley and the Wicklow Mountains’ highest peak, Lugnaquilla. Afterwards, return to your hotel along the Wicklow Way.

Accommodation: Heather House B&B, Laragh

A lovely bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the picturesque village of Laragh and the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Spacious apartment-style guestrooms are comfortably furnished, with classic décor and warm colors. The affiliated and highly-acclaimed Wicklow Heather Restaurant is just a short walk away, as is the local historical pub dating from 1776. With views of the national park and miles of trails and forest roads out the door, the hotel is also just under a mile from the monastic complex of St. Kevin at Glendalough.

Day 4

Glendalough to Enniskerry

Today’s longer walk rambles over a combination of boardwalks, paths, and quiet back roads. Climb above mesmerizing Lough Tay, a dark lake with a cream-colored sandy beach (reminiscent of a pint of Guinness!). Here you’ll join the Wicklow Way’s highest and most scenic section along the side of Djouce Mountain, with extensive views along Ireland’s east coast. After picnicking by the Dargle River, watch for the abundant deer of Powerscourt Estate as you climb to Ireland’s highest waterfall, then descend to the flower-filled banks of the Glencree River. Your home tonight is an upscale B&B in the charming 18th-century village of Enniskerry.

Accommodation: Ferndale B&B, Enniskerry

An intimate, upscale bed-and-breakfast in the charming 18th-century village of Enniskerry. Guest rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings and carpets in this historical home and garden. Nearby is the Powerscourt Estate, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historical castle and garden complexes, dating from 1300, and significantly altered in the 18th century. Also within walking or short driving distance are pubs and restaurants, including the famous Johnnie Fox’s Pub, where traditional music is played every night.

Day 5

Departure from Dublin

After breakfast, return to Dublin for onward travels.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2016 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
more info
Solo Surcharge
more info
Jun 1 - Aug 31 $1,298 $1,298 $1,298 $1,298 $1,298 $275 $475
Sep 1 - Sep 30 $1,198 $1,198 $1,198 $1,198 $1,198 $275 $475
*All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2017 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
more info
Solo Surcharge
more info
Apr 1 - Jun 30 $1,298 $1,298 $1,198 $1,198 $1,198 $245 $410
Jul 1 - Aug 31 $1,398 $1,398 $1,298 $1,298 $1,298 $260 $425
Sep 1 - Sep 30 $1,298 $1,298 $1,198 $1,198 $1,198 $245 $410
This tour is available daily, on request, from April 15 through September 30, 2017. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Dublin to Glendalough on Day 1 of the tour and one departure transfer from Enniskerry to Dublin on Day 5 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival and/or departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers.

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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