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6 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour

6 Day Self-Guided Walk – The Wicklow Way

Enniskerry, Djouce, Lough Dan, Glendalough and Tonlagee
Distance 16 kilometres.

Terrain: forest tracks, mountain paths, deep valleys, lakeshore, rivers and open farmland.
Grade moderate – some steep decent on tarmac and green roads to lakeshore, small areas of soft ground in the valleys.

The walk covers a section of the Wicklow Way from Krone Wood and includes, Lough Dan and Luggala, Glendalough with its 5th century monastery, Tonlagee and Glenmacnass, and includes some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.

We pass Powerscourt waterfall, and cross the mountains, Djouce and Maulin, named after two of the daughters by the famous French banker, Mr. LaTouce, who once owned most of the land of north Wicklow including Powerscourt Estate and the town of Greystones.

Sample Itinerary for 6 Day Walking Package

Day 1
We collect you in Dublin Airport or other arrival point near Dublin and following a spectacular one hour drive over the Dublin and Wicklow, which will give you an overview of the week ahead.

You arrive at your accommodation Lough Dan House, which will be your base and home for the duration of tour. After settling in and making yourself at home, you take a short walk to set you up for the week ahead.

Day 2
Route 1 Wicklow Way, Glencree to Pier Gates
Distance 16 kilometres. Terrain: mainly forest tracks and mountain paths some boardwalk, good underfoot and exposed in places.
Grade moderate – ascent White Hill 630 metres, if you include Djouce Mountain 725 metres.

Splendid views of Loughs, Mountains and Valleys punctuates a day made strenuous by gradient, terrain and exposed moor land. A challenging and most rewarding day’s walking.

Day 3
Route 2 from Lough Dan House, Wicklow Way and circuit of Lough Dan
Distance 16 kilometres. Terrain: forest paths, and mountain tracks, lakeshore, rivers and open farmland.
Grade moderate – some steep decent on tarmac and green roads to lakeshore, small areas of soft ground in the valleys.

We pass through Luggala Estate where Braveheart and many other famous films were made. This is home to Gareth De Brun, champion for the preservation of traditional music and a member of Irelands most famous brewing families ‘Guinness’. The walk covers a section of the Wicklow Way from Pier Gates to Old Bridge and includes some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.

Day 4
Route 3 from Lough Dan House, Scar and Wicklow Way to Glendalough
Distance 17 kilometres. Terrain: good walking paths, open mountain and forest tracks, and covers some sections of the Wicklow Way from Paddock hill to Glendalough.

Grade moderate – the route includes Kanturk and Scar Mountain, total ascent 641 metres.

A most enjoyable and rewarding walk, some strenuous parts but by no means to difficult for the average fit person, superb views of mountains, glens and valleys.

Day 5
Route 5: Circuit of Glendalough
Distance can be varied from 9 to 17 kilometres, total ascent 450 meters, terrain; mountain paths. Boardwalk over soft ground, stone pitching and gravel tracks. Grade moderate.

One of the most popular walks in Ireland – a complete circuit of the Monastic City and the two lakes, and some of the most magnificent views you will ever see. You will have an opportunity to explore the ancient monastery founded in the 5th century by St. Kevin, one of the most famous and important historic sites in Ireland.

Day 6
Route 6: St Kevin’s Way, Tonelagee to Lough Dan House
Distance 14 to 18k depending on options. Terrain: the entire route is heather moorland. Grade Moderate. Some steep ground to summit of Tonelagee 817 metres.

A most exciting walk to the summit of Wicklow’s 3rd highest mountain with spectacular views of a most unusual heart shaped lake ‘Lough Oler’ and Glenmacnass waterfall.

You will depart Lough Dan House next morning after breakfast. We will leave you at Dublin City or Airport and look forward to seeing you and your friends for another visit another time.

All walks listed in the itinerary can be changed and tailored specially to suit your individual needs.

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Prices:
€680 per person sharing
+€125 Single supplement

What’s included:

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast
  • 6 packed lunches
  • 6 four course evening meals
  • Laundry and drying facilities
  • Transport from arrivals at Dublin Airport or City to your accommodation
  • Transport to and from your walks daily and for social evenings
  • Your return to Dublin City or Airport
  • Detailed route maps and instructions for each day
  • Available all year

 

“We stayed at Lough Dan House for one night whilst walking “The Wicklow Way”. It was a bit of a walk and up a hill from the end of the track but there is an option to get picked up which we chose to decline as we were enjoying the walk so much. Theresa and Sean were great hosts. We had dinner there and the food was excectional quality, up to restaurant standards without a doubt. My friend has special dietary requirements and Theresa went out of her way to ensure that she didn’t miss out on anything including dessert. We had delicious fresh salmon and homemade crumble for dessert. We also had lovely breads, olive oils and wine. The breakfast was also to a high standard. It was only whilst we were there that we discovered that Lough Dan House offer packages where you can stay with them for the full duration of the walk and they drop you to the start of each stage of the walk in the morning and pick you up at the end of the day (see their website for details). We would definitely have considered this option had we known in advance as this was one of the best of the various accommodations we stayed at along the Way. Theresa and Sean and thieir son definitely go out of their way to ensure that guests have an enjoyable stay. We could not have carried on doing the Way without their help. My friend’s boots packed it in on the day that we walked to Lough Dan as the soles started to come loose. Sean offered to drive us back to Dublin first thing the next morning to a large outdoor store to purchase new boots. We then got dropped back to the start of the walk for that day. This went above and beyond in our eyes and was intregal to us being able to complete and enjoy the remaining 5 days of the walk. Don’t know what we would have done otherwise. We would highly recommend Lough Dan House.”