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Deluxe Wicklow Mountains Walk


Itinerary for Deluxe Wicklow Mountains Walk



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Pick-up at Dublin Airport at 1.00 pm and transfer to the BrookLodge Hotel. After settling in and light refreshments, we will take a nice walk around the village of Aughrim just to get the legs ready for the days ahead! Aughrim is known locally as “The Granite City” because of its many buildings constructed from locally quarried Wicklow Granite.
Distance: 5 km / 3 miles, Ascent: little to none.
Meals included: none
Overnight at BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village


Day 2: St. Kevin’s Monastic Settlement & Derrybawn Woodlands
Our first walk starts in the valley of Glendalough, in Irish, (Gleann Dá Loch, meaning "Valley of two lakes"). Our journey takes us into the 6th Century Monastic Settlement, where we will do a short tour of some of the monuments and ruined churches that exist there. From here we will continue along to explore the glacier moulded valley and its two lakes, before starting a short ascent to Pollanass Waterfall and into Derrybawn Woods. Here we will be offered stunning views down over the Glendalough Valley and surrounding countryside.
Distance: 9 km / 5. 6 miles, Ascent: 190 m / 570 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight at BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village


Day 3: Trooperstown & Paddock Hill
Today’s walk takes us south through Ballard Forest, We will pass evidence of a forgotten farming community that once lived and toiled the land. We follow a local’s path up the heather covered Trooperstown Hill that will lead to magnificent views in all directions including rolling hills, the Irish Sea, the Wicklow Mountains, and the Round Tower of Glendalough. Our walking trail gently descends into Trooperstown Forest, over the Avonmore River and up Paddock Hill where we will join another part of the Wicklow Way.
Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight at BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village


Day 4: The Vale of Clara & Avoca
Our walking trail today takes us to the magical Vale of Clara, a nature reserve containing the largest area of natural hardwood woodlands in the country. The serenity of this ancient oak woodland is contagious and is ideally followed by lunch on the banks of the babbling Avonmore River beside the charming church of Clara (1799). We will then visit the famous Avoca Woollen Mills for an exploration of their historical and operational mill and will finish off the day with a bit of shopping and perhaps a treat.
Distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles, Ascent: 220 m / 660 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight at BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village


Day 5: Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh & the town of Rathdrum
The first part of our adventure today takes us to The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, An Eighteenth-Century Arboretum. We will have a guided tour of the gardens and hear the Thomas Acton family's story that developed the estate in the nineteenth century. The guided tour lasts approximately 1 hr. Afterwards, you will have some free time to wander and explore the magnificent gardens and their surroundings.
In the afternoon we will take a short drive to the town of Rathdrum where we will do a circular walk, starting and finishing in the town.
Along the walk, we will visit an old Famine Graveyard, walk part of a mass path used in bygone days as a recognised path or track to and from church and through a Millennium Forest. Finishing with a beautiful relaxing stroll along the banks of the Avonmore River. Of course, no date would be complete without a visit to one of the fine establishments (Bars) that Rathdrum has to offer.
Distance: 8 km / 5 miles, Ascent: 80 m / 240 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight at BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village


Day 6: Departure
Depart for Dublin Airport after our final hearty Irish breakfast, arriving at 12 noon.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Deluxe Wicklow Mountains Walk
Tour Code: ZZ-HKIR-F02
6 days / 5 nights ~$1,560.00
Dates: June & September

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Dublin
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