As Ireland commemorates the first centenary of the Easter Rising, walk the Wicklow Way to Dublin and see the city from a new perspective at a time when the country remembers an event that would change Irish history forever and eventually result in the foundation of the Irish Republic.
The Wicklow Way is one of the best hikes in Ireland and the country’s best loved mountain trail, offering walkers a perfect combination of history, culture and fantastic scenery.
Starting in the quaint little village of Clonegal, the Wicklow Way takes walkers across the lush rolling hills of County Wicklow, also known as the Garden of Ireland, stopping for the night in lovely country villages and towns.
Peaceful forest tracks head to the glacial valley of Glenmalure and on to impressive Glendalough, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The spectacular views over Glendalough’s lakes and its 6th century monastic village are some of the highlights of this walking tour.
Lough Tay, one of the filming locations of TV series Vikings; and Powerscourt Waterfall are also on the trail. As walkers cross the border into County Dublin, panoramic views of Dublin Bay and Dublin city below will come into view.
Once in Dublin, spend a couple of days exploring the city of the Easter Rising and visit iconic places where the most important episodes of this historic event took place such as the General Post Office and Kilmainham Gaol; where you will be able to learn more about the story behind the rebellion and its main characters.
Many events are scheduled to take place in Dublin city throughout 2016 to commemorate the centenary of Easter Rising 1916.
- When and price: available all year around. From €366 per person sharing for a four-night break walking from Glendalough to Dublin; from €750 for a full eight-night Wicklow Way adventure, walking its full length from Clonegal to Dublin City. If you book two months in advance you can get 5% off.
- Price includes: accommodation along the trail, breakfast, luggage transfers and holiday pack with practical information, such as maps and route notes.
- Does not include: Fflights, insurance, airport transfers (available).