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Walking the Wicklow Way

A week-long walk from Dublin to Clonegal

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.


The 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.


Dublin, Enniskerry, Roundwood, Laragh, Tinahely, Shillelagh, Clonegal, Bunclody


The 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 See

Dublin 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
14 May 2021
12 Apr 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .75cm

A guidebook to walking the Wicklow Way between Dublin and Clonegal. Covering 130km (81 miles), Ireland’s first long-distance trail takes around 1 week to hike and is suitable for any reasonably fit walker.

The route is described from north to south in 7 stages, each between 9 and 23km (6–14 miles) in length. A variety of optional variants following adjacent trails are also included.

  • 1:50,000 maps included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information about accommodation, refreshments and public transport along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include Glendalough and the ruins of the Monastic City

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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