Walking the Wicklow Way
A week-long walk from Dublin to Clonegal
By Paddy Dillon
A guide to walking Ireland's Wicklow Way, a 146km trail through the scenic Wicklow Mountains from Dublin to Clonegal, County Carlow. The waymarked route is presented in 7 stages, taking in rolling countryside, forest trails and wild mountain landscapes, as well as the historic monastic site of Glendalough. Optional variants are also included.
SeasonsThe best weather is likely to be in summer, but spring and autumn can be good. The sun can shine or it can rain any day of the year. Avoid the exposed moorlands during winter.
CentresDublin, Enniskerry, Roundwood, Laragh, Tinahely, Shillelagh, Clonegal, Bunclody
DifficultyThe Wicklow Way and adjacent trails are not particularly difficult, but there are some remote and exposed stretches of moorland that become difficult in bad weather. The waymarking is good but basic map-reading skills are useful. Waterproofs should be carried, and as most of the trail is on good surfaces, shoes can be worn instead of boots if you prefer.
Must SeeDublin city parks and heritage, Two Rock Mountain, Glencree, Powerscourt Waterfall, Djouce Mountain, Luggala estate, Lough Dan, Glendalough, the Monastic City, the Miners' Way, Glenmalure, Croaghanmoira, Tinahely, The Dying Cow pub, Shillelagh, Huntington Castle
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 90 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several major European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.View author profile
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