The Wicklow Way - 9 Days

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Self-guided
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Bunclody, Ireland
  • Ends Dublin, Ireland
  • +7
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Lough Tay and Powerscourt Waterfall
  • 6th century Monastic City
  • Beautiful Glenmalure
The trip The Wicklow Way - 9 Days starts in Bunclody and ends in Dublin. It is a walking trip that takes 9 days taking you through Tinahely, Shillelagh, Glenmalure and 6 other destinations in Ireland. The Wicklow Way - 9 Days is a self-guided trip that includes accommodation in guesthouses, meals and others.

Experience superb walking through the spectacular Irish countryside.. The Wicklow Way is Ireland's oldest waymarked trail, pioneered by a famous hill walker, J.B Malone over 40 years ago and reveals some of Irelands finest views; Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough. The trail extends from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow covering a distance of approx 127 kilometres (79 miles). The way winds through the Wicklow Mountains, one of the country's most spectacular upland areas. The Wicklow Way explores unspoilt trails, remote scenery, lakes, glacial valleys, forests and gentle farmland. Starting in southwest County Wicklow the route passes through rural communities, old market towns and grand estates on its way to the bright lights of Dublin.The small typical 'one street' village of Clonegal is an apt starting place for this walk into the remote and beautiful Wicklow Mountains. It is a route that remains mainly in the countryside making the short detours necessary to find a comfortable bed for the night. A couple of fairly long but gentle days introduce you to the Newry forest and over high points of Moylisha and Stookeen Hill to the 17th century village of Shillelagh and then on to the beautiful village of Tinahely. Quiet roads, forest trails and open mountainsides, with views back towards Clonegal and across the neighbouring counties of Carlow and Wexford, lead to Moyne and on to the most dramatic stages of the walk. A magnificent day's walk includes the spectacular Ow valley that passes below Wicklow's highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925m), and along the 16km long glaciated Glenmalure Valley. This walk ends at the scattering of houses and splendid inn that make up Glenmalure hamlet. If climbing out of the Glenmalure Valley doesn't literally take your breath away then the fantastic views and the Glenmalure Waterfall probably will. Cross Mullacor Mountain and walk into Glendalough, 'the valley of two lakes' and site of a monastic settlement (from the 6th to the 13th century) for a little sightseeing. A short vehicle transfer gets you on the road to oldbridge near Roundwood, which claims to be Ireland's highest village. The Penultimate day's walk is to the charming area around the village of Enniskerry. It is a mini classic with views of Lough Dan and Lough Tay. At the head of the valley is the Guinness family estate and later in the day enjoy views of Powerscourt Waterfall, the longest in the country. The last walk goes over Prince William's Seat for views across the city of Dublin, now in striking distance for some afternoon sightseeing and a lively evening in the city centre or one of its many fine restaurants.
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 24 2019
“We took a self-guided tour in Cornwall from Marazion to Mevagissey. It was our first experience of the kind and we absolutely loved it. It was very convenient to have all the accommodations, itinerary and luggage transfer arranged for you and, in my view, it was very well worth it. The tour was easy to book, the communications with the tour consultant were very satisfactory and the overall experience was extremely positive and inspiring. It's very likely that we will book some other walking tours with Sherpa Expeditions. For overseas customers like ourselves, I recommend to tack on a day in Penzance before the tour (we went to the Minack Theatre and walked around in Penzance). St Michael's Mount is a must in Marazion (you have to arrive at Marazion early for that). Also a day or two in Fowey after the end of the tour - we went to Lanhydrock House and Gardens from there and Fowey itself is a charming little town with an amazing history.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 30 2015
“Most memorable part of your trip The scenery specifically, vineyards and trees dressed in Autumn colours and small villages. Accommodation good, cuisine excellent.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 24 2019
“We had excellent weather in our 5 days of walking on the Wicklow Way. The scenery was outstanding , as were the arrangements put in place by Nathalie Thompson, who was Sherpa's consultant. We stayed in local pubs/hotels rather than B and Bs as we prefer the greater flexibility that such accommodation provides. All the hotels and the travel arrangements involving bag pick ups were great. We have worked with Sherpa Expeditions before and intend working with them again.”
  • Day 1 : Commence Bunclody
  • Day 2 : Clonegal to Shillelagh 23 km/14 miles
  • Day 3 : Shillelagh to Tinahely 20 km/12.4 miles (approx)
  • Day 4 : Tinahely to Moyne 14 km/8.7 miles
  • Day 5 : Moyne to Glenmalure 21 km/13 miles
  • Day 6 : Glenmalure to Glendalough/Laragh. From 17 km/10.5 miles
  • Day 7 : Oldbridge to Enniskerry. From 22 km/13.6 miles (approx)*
  • Day 8 : Enniskerry to Marlay Park Dublin. From 20km/12.6 miles*
  • Day 9 : End of tour
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  • 8 nights accommodation in guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer, 1 piece per person up to 20kgs
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • Dinner, lunch & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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