Weekend Idea: Walk the Wicklow Way to Glendalough
Adventure idea: Spend 3 days hiking from Dublin to Glendalough on the Wicklow Way. Enjoy beautiful forests, rugged wilderness and cheap hostels in between before taking St. Kevin’s Bus service back to Dublin.
You might not know this but the first few days of the Wicklow Way are often regarded the most rewarding. It’s not an easy hike but the last day into Glendalough is a lot less challenging than the first day.
Walking the Wicklow Way for 3 Days
Anyway, it’s a stunning hike and a great option for those who cannot afford to hike the Wicklow Way in full. Marley Park is easily accessed and a regular bus service can take you back to Dublin from Glendalough.
That being said, you would need three full days for this hike which might mean having to take a Friday off work – possible?
In case you might be asking yourself, here are the times and distances involved:
Marley Park to Knockree – 21km – Approx 8 hours walking.
Knockree to Roundwood – 18km – Approx 7 hours walking .
Roundwood to Glendalough – 12km – Approx 4 hours walking.
Where to Stay While Walking the Wicklow Way
As for where to stay, you can get away with wild camping on this stretch but there is also cheap accommodation. For example. An Oige have a youth hostel in Knockree and Glendalough, while the Coach House in Roundwood is affordable when splitting the cost with a friend.
Aside from food and snacks, you will need certain gear and might want to check out my packing list for the Wicklow Way. As you can see, it’s also possible to walk the Wicklow Way without camping and this might suit some of you better. Either way, it’s a rewarding walk and getting to/from the trail is super straightforward – Enjoy !