Combine Ireland's energetic capital city with a few days walking in Wicklow National Park on this 6-day itinerary, ideal for those who want to experience both the city and countryside. You'll start with two nights in the city taking in its historical tours, followed by four nights traversing the mountain passes and glacial valleys of the Wicklow Way through expansive views and cozy villages.

Highlights

  • Follow the famous trail of Molly Malone in Dublin
  • Stay overnight in Enniskerry, Ireland's most charming village
  • Visit the Powerscourt waterfall
  • Follow a secret mass trail to Laragh

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin Dublin
Day 2 Dublin City Trek Dublin
Day 3 Marlay Park to Enniskerry Enniskerry
Day 4 Enniskerry to Roundwood Roundwood
Day 5 Roundwood to Laragh Laragh
Day 6 Departure from Laragh  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Downtown Dublin
Downtown Dublin

Welcome to Ireland! Your journey begins in the capital city of Dublin. The city's been the largest in Ireland since the Norman invasion.

Whether you want to travel back in history at Dublin Castle or look into the future with a visit to the modern Spire of Dublin, you're sure to find plenty to do in this global city. Stop in at the library at Trinity College to see the centuries-old Book of Kells and library, cross over the River Liffey on the Ha'penny Bridge, or stroll through St. Stephen's Green and neighboring Grafton Street for shopping or people watching and street performers.

Top it all off with a pint in the Guinness Storehouse, or take a whiskey tasting tour.

Day 2: Dublin City Trek

Molly Malone statue
Molly Malone statue

Walk through 2,000 years of history in Ireland's capital on today's walking tour. You'll follow the trail of folk music's "Molly Malone" and her wheelbarrow as you see the city's sites.

The walk begins and ends at the Molly Malone statue (outside Dublin Tourism on Andrew Street). Heading West to the oldest parts of the city you will visit historical sights from the Viking and Medieval eras. In the East you'll see the best of Georgian Dublin, past many museums and political buildings.

In the evening, you have the option to either seek out entertainment of your own or take part in the Dublin Literary Pub Walk.

Day 3: Marlay Park to Enniskerry

Gardens in Enniskerry
Gardens in Enniskerry

After breakfast, transfer to Marlay Park to begin your walking holiday. You'll start with a stroll in Marlay Park up to the start of the Wicklow Way, the first and one of Ireland's most popular of National Waymarked Trails. The full route covers 81 miles (131 km), from Marlay Park to Clonegal. Y

Today you'll walk through the park and across the Dublin Mountains, complete with surrounding sea and mountain views. Cross into County Wicklow and down into the Glencree Valley.

You'll end in Enniskerry village, considered the gateway to Wicklow and one of Ireland's most charming villages. If you've still got some steps left in you, scope out the gardens of the Powerscourt Estate, which started life as a castle in the 13th century and is now home to a golf club, restaurant, and hotel.

Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Hiking distance: 11 miles (18 km)

Day 4: Enniskerry to Roundwood

Approaching the waterfall
Approaching the waterfall

Meet up with the Wicklow Way to continue across the Glencree Valley. You'll pass the Powerscourt waterfall before the path wraps around Djouce Mountain, one of the best known on the trail.

Hike up to today's highest point at White Hill for panoramic views of the glacial lakes of Lough Dan and Lough Tay, sometimes known as the "Guinness Lake" due to its brown color topped by a white sandy beach.

Spend your night in the village of Roundwood, one of the highest villages in the country.

Hiking time: 7 hours
Hiking distance: 13 miles (21 km)

Day 5: Roundwood to Laragh

Find your trail
Find your trail

Today's trail starts at Paddock Hill and winds around the perimeter of the Barton Estate, before it detours off the Wicklow Way to the top of Scarr Mountain.

Descend from the mountain via an old mass path once walked by Catholics who were sneaking to illegal masses during the era when Catholics were persecuted for practicing.  You'll arrive in the village of Laragh with bustling shops, restaurants, and bars.

Hiking time: 4 hours
Hiking distance: 7 miles (12 km)

Day 6: Departure from Laragh

Take in the views
Take in the views

After one last breakfast, it's time to leave the Wicklow Way and head back to Dublin where you can catch your flight home or continue onward to the rest of your Irish adventure elsewhere in the Emerald Isle.

Map

Map of Dublin City & Wicklow Way Walk - 6 Days
Map of Dublin City & Wicklow Way Walk - 6 Days