Self Guided Walking Tour Ireland

Price Options:
9 Day Fully Inclusive Self-Guided Walking Tour (7 Full Days Walking) : €1,480 per person sharing

Prices for groups of 4 persons or more on request.

Single room occupancy: add €480.00

6, 7 and 8 day tours also available – please ask for details.

What’s included in 9-day package:

  • Escort with transport for drop off and pick up daily and assistance where required
  • 7 Full walking days in Ireland’s largest and most spectacular upland region
  • 8 nights Bed and Breakfast in Loughdan 4* Guest House
  • Packed Lunch each day
  • 5 Evening Meals, served in Loughdan House
  • Transfer to local restaurants with voucher if meals not served in Loughdan House
  • Laundry and drying facilities
  • Transport from Dublin city or Airport on arrival and departure
  • Detailed route maps and instructions for each day
  • Mobile phone contact at all times
  • Available all year

9-Day Self-Guided Walking Tour – Entire Wicklow Way

  • Guided Walking Tour Wicklow Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Wicklow Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Wicklow Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Wicklow Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Wicklow Ireland
  • Guided Walking Tour Wicklow Ireland

Self-Guided Walking Tour with Escort – the Entire Wicklow Way – 132 kilometres, 84 miles – 7 Full Days Walking

Wicklow Mountains National Park, in Ireland’s Ancient East

Escort, Full Board and Transport each day

Your Escort does not walk with you, but will travel parallel to the trail and advise on all aspects of the route, introduce you to highlights and provide up-to-date information regarding any situation which may arise.  You will be dropped off and collected at planned start and finish points each day.

In the event any member of the party feels necessary to take a break or reduce walking distance they will be facilitated and necessary action taken to ensure everyone has a most enjoyable experience.

The Island of Ireland is a Mosaic of many different landscape types, including Mountain and upland regions, the most fertile farmland in the world, raised bogs, diverse forests, open moorland, 6 National parks, many lakes, rivers and waterfalls deep valleys and rugged cliffs.

Co. Wicklow is a microcosm of the rest of Ireland the most spectacular, just south of Dublin, which despite its proximity to the capital contains many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails of which The Wicklow Way is the best known. In fact the Wicklow Way was the first way marked trail in Ireland having been formally established in 1980.

The Wicklow Way is part of a network of long-distance self-guided walking trails, throughout Ireland, it combines easy accessibility with a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas, this include mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests and farmland, it is the most westerly section of the E8 footpath which extends across much of Europe.

The Wicklow Way begins in Dublin’s southern suburb of Rathfarnham  and travels in a south-south-westerly direction across the Dublin and Wicklow uplands, then through the rolling hill country of southwest County Wicklow to finish in the small, County Carlow village of Clonegall 127 kilometres later.

A combination of suburban parkland, forest trails, wild and scenic mountain landscape and finally rolling countryside offers a wonderfully varied, 6 to 10 day experience for a hill-walker of average fitness. En route the Wicklow Way passes mountain lakes, ruined buildings – stark reminders of previous widespread human habitation – occasional memorials to historic events of past centuries and extensive remains of the early Christian monastic settlement in the beautiful Glendalough valley.

Anyone setting out to walk a long distance trail such as the Wicklow Way is embarking on a serious test of physical endurance and requires very careful and detailed planning.

Our Wicklow way walking holiday takes care of all necessary details and planning, including airport transfers, pick up and drop off each day, full board accommodation and all meals to make this a most enjoyable experience and can be spread over 6 to 10 days, the following itinerary completes the walk in 7 walking days with an average of 12 miles or 18km per day.


Day 1

Welcome & Transfer

Day 2

Marley Park to Curtlestown, Distance 21km | Ascent: 600m | Time: 7hrs

Day 3

Curtlestown, Djouce to Loughdan Distance: 18km | Ascent: 500m | Time: 6.5hrs

Day 4

Pier Gates to Glendalough Distance: 12km | Ascent: 350m | Time: 4hrs

Day 5

Glendalough to Glenmalure Distance: 14km | Ascent: 400m | Time: 4.5hrs

Day 6

Glenmalure to Moyne Distance: 21km | Ascent: 550m | Time: 7hrs

Day 7

Moyne to Shillelagh Distance: 21km | Ascent: 500m | Time: 7hrs

Day 8

Shillelagh to Clonegall Distance: 19km | Ascent: 300m | Time: 6hrs

Day 9

Tour ends after your final night.

“We found their self-guided walking program to be a terrific way to experience the Wicklow Mountains. As they transport you to and from Dublin at the beginning and end of the program and take you to and from the walks, you save the expense and hassle of a rental car. We really liked the four walks they recommended for us. They were quite varied but all with spectacular views and were well suited to our ability. The loan of Teresa’s cellphone for our walks gave us added flexibility in deciding how far to go, as well as a measure of security that we would be rescued if lost. And in contrast with other programs that transport your luggage as you walk the Wicklow Way, this one did not require that we pack every morning and unpack every evening.

The owners also give the place a nice personal touch. When we returned from our walks, Teresa showed a genuine interest in how things went, and Sean was a font of information and stories about everything Irish, always willing to answer questions on any subject. The atmosphere is conducive to talking with other guests, and we had interesting conversations with travelers from Canada, England, and Australia.

And I must take strong issue with a prior review complaining about the food. We found it quite good, on a par with the other meals we had during our two-week stay in Ireland, most of which were eaten in restaurants. We also found everything to be extremely clean, including the kitchen, which we had occasion to enter when in search of information or when using their computer to print boarding passes. Indeed, Teresa insisted on washing my hiking pants when I returned one day after an unexpected encounter with mud.

While I did not see the other rooms, the one we had (no. 6, I believe) was, if not elegant, very comfortable. It has a small sitting alcove with a wonderful view of the hills facing the Lough Don House. Sitting there one afternoon after a post-walk shower but before dinner, we watched a light rain blow in and out, after which we were treated to dual rainbows, one quite distinct, the other a bit less so. Shades of Finian’s Rainbow, and a good metaphor for our overall experience.”