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Wicklow’s High PointsOption for Irish Country Pubs Tour
€44.50 pp

including meal and transport to and from pubs and back to accommodation (Friday evenings at 7pm-11pm)

Option for Storytelling Pub Night €45 pp
with 4 course meal and live music
(Thurs & Sat at 7.30pm-11.30)

 


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Wicklow High Points
A tour that delivers exactly what it promises. The first day’s walk is really only a warm up for the main events of the following days but having said that, Derrybawn is a fantastic ridge walk. The ridge is wide and safe so you will be able to take in the fantastic views rather than watching your feet. The upper lake of Glendalough comes into view for the first time as we make our way to the valley floor and it’s a wonderful sight.
The next three days are spent bagging the four highest peaks in Wicklow and all a pace that suits you. At no time will you be rushed. Our aim is for you to enjoy your Treks N Trails walking holiday for all the right reasons.


Our price includes
Mini bus transfers as outlined in the tour itinerary
5 nights B&B
4 Packed Lunches
Guiding services for all walks


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Pick up from Dublin airport is at 1PM and the bus travels to Aughrim, via Dublin City Centre, Bray and Rathdrum, so pick up along the route is possible. Just let us know in advance.
Transfer to your B&B accommodation in County Wicklow.

Day 2 - Derrybawn and Glendalough

Our first days walk starts at the Shay Elliott Forest Recreational Area on the Military Road. The walk starts on forest track and soon makes its way on to open hillside to Cullentragh Mountain. We then walk to the summit of Derrybawn on one of the finest ridge walks in Wicklow with views of the eastern part of the range including Big Sugarloaf, Little Sugarloaf and out to the Irish Sea. We descend and cross the Wicklow Way before ascending the famous steps up the Spink and out above the cliffs of Glendalough with views of the valley and lakes below us. We continue along this erosion preventing boardwalk and eventually reach a path that crosses the Glenealo river and descends alongside the river to reach the site of a disused lead mines and Miners Village. We continue on the miner’s track passing the Upper Lake of Glendalough, St Kevin’s bed and back to our transport at the Upper Lake car Park
Comments: Beautiful walk with stunning views.
Length: 12kms
Grade: Moderate

Day 3 - Tonelagee

After a scenic drive on the Military Road from Laragh, passing the beautiful Glenmacnass Waterfall, we leave our transport and cross the Glenmacnass River and follow Lough Brook to Lough Ouler. We walk around this lovely heart shaped lake and climb to the summit of Tonelagee, which at 817mtrs commands fantastic views of Turlough Hill, Lough Nahanagan and the Glendasan valley. We depart Tonelagee to the SE and after an initial steep descent to undulating hillside we cross a couple of 500mtr + summits and drop down to the Historic Military Road, disused mines and our transport.
Comments: The whale back shape of Tonelagee is visible from many parts of the range and Lough Ouler is one of the finest Corrie Lakes in Wicklow.
Length: 12 kms
Grade: Moderate

Day 4 - Mullaghcleevaun

Our journey today again takes us up the Military Road from Laragh, past Glenmacnass waterfall, and on to the foot of Carrigshouk. Our walk takes around Carrigshouk and up to the summit of Mullaghcleevaun East Top at 795mtrs. Lovely views of the range from here including Lough Dan. Ascend from here to Mullaghcleevaun (West Top) at 849mtrs and detour slightly to get a view of the small corrie lake, Lough Cleevaun. Leaving Mullaghcleevaun, we head SE and pick up the source of the Glenmacnass river which we follow back down to finish at the Military road.
Comments: Second Highest in Wicklow but further north than the other high points.
Length: 10.5kms
Grade: Moderate

Day 5 - Cloghernagh & Lugnaquillia

Lugnaquillia or Lug as it is popularly known is the highest mountain in Wicklow and the highest mountain in Ireland outside of Kerry. We travel by road to the glacial valley of Glenmalure. Our transport drops us at the foot of a Zig Zag path. With views of the Carrawaystick waterfall on our left, we climb this path to the Summit of Cloghernagh at 800mtrs. Unusually, there is no trig (surveying) point on the summit although there is a sizeable stone cairn (nearly) at the summit area. After all the climbing, it’s a relatively straightforward hike to the summit of Lug from where at 925mtrs, we will hopefully be able to avail of the 360 degree panoramic views of the full range of the Wicklow Mountains, the largest unbroken elevated land mass in Ireland. On a fine day, there is little to compare to it. We leave the summit heading for the spur of Cannow Mountain and then dropping down in the Fraughan Rock Glen; we make our way to the Valley Floor and Barravore car park.
Comments: Two of Wicklow’s highest points in the one walk.
Length: : 10.5kms
Grade: Moderate to Moderate + in a few places

Day 6 - Departure & Tour of the Glendalough Monastic Village

After breakfast, we leave your accommodation and drive to the visitor centre in Glendalough. After a video presentation showing the history of Glendalough and the Monastic Village in the visitors centre, we take a walk around the Ancient Monastic settlement. St Kevin in the 6th Century founded this early Christian Ecclesiastical settlement. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. Transfer to Rathdrum or Bray railway stations, Dublin Airport, Dublin City Centre (or anywhere in between).


 

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