Rachel Broomhead // The Wicklow Way



Rachel Broomhead // The Wicklow Way

1. Day #1

Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

Spend some me time in between the ferry arriving and the next train to Rathdrum, why not explore Dublin for a few hours it is a short taxi journey into Dublin city from the port. 

Travel to Connolly train station
North Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland

Train from Connolly Station to Rathdrum

Overnight @ Stirabout Lane B&B in Rathdrum
Address: Main St Main St, Balleese Lower, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, A67 EF84, Ireland
This is less than 1km from the train station.

Dinner suggestion: Jacob’s Well (Pub attached to a hotel)
Main St, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Info on The Wicklow Way:
Just south of Dublin, County Wicklow – known as The Garden of Ireland – is a wild expanse of coastline, woodland and imposing mountains through which runs the country’s most popular walking trail. The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest marked trail, the brain-child of famous hill-walker J B Malone, which opened in 1980. The Wicklow Way begins in Dublin’s southern suburb of Rathfarnham and travels across the Dublin and Wicklow uplands, then through the rolling hills of southwest County Wicklow, to finish in the small Wicklow-Carlow border village of Clonegal, 127km later. A combination of suburban parkland, forest trails, mountain paths and finally rolling countryside offers a varied and, at times, demanding 7-10 day experience for walkers. En route you’ll pass scenic lakes, spectacular gardens, elegant 18th-century mansions and the ruins of an early Christian monastic settlement.

2. Day #2

Overnight bags can be transported to and from each hotel within this itinerary, they will be transported and ready for you when arriving at each overnight.

Pick up lunch before walk: from small store nearby Stirabout Hotel

Walk from Avonmore Way to Larah/Glendalough – approx. 15km

Arrive at Glendalough

Info: Carved out by glaciers during the last Ice Age, Glendalough or Gleann dá Loch, meaning ‘Valley of the Two Lakes’, combines unfiltered beauty with heavenly tranquillity. Little wonder that St Kevin founded a monastic settlement here in the 6th century. It’s said that he spent seven years in isolation in a cave at the Upper Lake, known as St Kevin’s Bed.

Even as one of the tourism jewels in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East, if not indeed all of Ireland, you won’t have to wander too far to find the peacefulness and spirituality that drew monks here centuries ago.

Overnight @ Wicklow Heather (Bed and breakfast included)
Heather House, Ballard, Laragh, Co. Wicklow

Evening meal at Wicklow Heather Restaurant

3. Day #3

Packed lunch: The Heather Hotel can provide a packed lunch for you to take on the walk, please request this when you check in and let them know what you would like.

Walk the Spinc around the Glendalough Valley and Wicklow Way to Roundwood – approx. 20km

Info: The Spinc ridge overlooks the spectacular Glendalough Valley. A tough climb is rewarded with breathtaking views not just of the Valley but as you climb high the view over the Wicklow Uplands opens out around you. The trail ascends steeply on a path up by Poulanass Waterfall before joining a boardwalk and wooden steps leading to a spectacular viewing point overlooking the Upper Lake.

Arrive at Roundwood

Overnight @ Wicklow Way Lodge (Bed and breakfast included)
Address: Wicklow Way Lodge, Oldbridge, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. A98 K702

Evening meal: at The Coach House
4km from the Wicklow Way Lodge. 

4. Day #4

Packed lunch: The Wicklow Way Lodge can provide a packed lunch for you to take on the walk, please request this when you check in and let them know what you would like.

Walk the Wicklow Way from Rathdrum to Enniskerry – approx. 20km

Overnight @ Coolakay House (Bed and breakfast included)
Address: Powerscourt Waterfall Road, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Evening meal: at The Enniskerry Inn

5. Day #5

Packed lunch: The Coolakay House can provide a packed lunch for you to take on the walk, please request this when you check in and let them know what you would like.

Walk the Sugarloaf Way from Enniskerry to Bray (20k)

Info: This magnificent new trail now links and extends a number of other well-known trails into a long and challenging walk. The walk follows a route across a varied terrain including rugged mountain climbs, flat and quiet forest paths, rich farmland and country roads. The trail, which can be completed in a day, for the experienced walker, reveals what is best in Wicklow landscapes, from breath taking sea vistas to magnificent rural views stretching across fields, mountains and skyscapes.

Overnight @ Martello Hotel Bray (Bed and breakfast included)
Address: 47 Strand Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Evening meal: at Martello Restaurant

6. Day #6

Check out of hotel