Self-Guided Walks the Wicklow Way

Wilderness along the Wicklow Way

Hiking the Wicklow Way in Ireland’s “Garden County” is an unforgettable experience.

Photos courtesy Tourism Ireland

The 79-mile trail stretching from the southern suburbs of Ireland’s capital, Dublin, through the mountains of County Wicklow and into neighbouring County Carlow is one of the most popular parts of Ireland’s network of long-distance walking trails.

Wicklow Mountains

Starting at the outskirts of Dublin, walkers head southwest through the beautiful and varied Irish countryside encompassing rugged mountains, ice-age glacial valleys, upland lakes, mountain streams and pine forests. Along the way are scattered many remnants of Ireland’s long and colorful past, including the extensive remains of the early medieval monastic settlement at Glendalough.

Gendalough, Dublin

As the walks are self-guided, walkers can proceed at their own pace, and take time to appreciate the spectacular views.

The Wicklow Way is one of 43 National Waymarked Trails in 25 counties in Ireland, offering a variety of hiking experiences against the backdrop of an endlessly stunning landscape.

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