At The Glendalough Hotel, Wicklow - start your journey here.
Glendalough is in the Wicklow National Park which is situated south of Dublin on 20,000 hectares of mountain scenery with many roads crossing through it. A lot of the National Park has no facilities and is left mostly untouched and natural.
Glendalough has many way marked trails/routes from easy to difficult. The Visitor Centre in Glendalough sells a Trail Guide for only €0.50. The maps list nine way marked routes with the shortest distance being a few kilometres and the longest 11 kilometres. You can park at the Visitor Centre and start your walk from there (parking free on weekdays, charges apply for weekends) or there are parking facilities at the Upper Lake with charges applying all year round. The Visitor Centre is approx. 2km from the Upper Lake which can be accessed by walking on the pedestrian and scenic Green Road. Toilet facilities and food are available from the parking area at the Visitor Centre and at the Upper Lake.
The Wicklow Way
The Wicklow Way (Slí Cualann Nua, which means “New Cuala Way” in Gaelic) is a 131km/81mile walking route which starts in Marlay Park, Co. Dublin and ends at Clonegal, Co. Wicklow. The highest point is White Hill (630m/2,067ft). The routes surface consists of forestry tracks, roads, and mountain paths. Go to http://www.wicklowway.com/index.php for more information.
The Avonmore Way Walk
The Avonmore Way is a 12km trail which follows a mixture of minor roads, forest roads and tracks. It provides stunning views of the Wicklow Mountains as it skirts around Trooperstown Hill before winding its way through the beautiful Clara Vale Nature Reserve alongside the Avonmore River. The trail is durable underfoot and suitable for all fitness levels. There is trail head signage at the beginning of the walk and the route is marked with yellow arrows on a black background along the way. The walk starts from the Laragh side at Trooperstown Forest Carpark and from the Rathdrum side at Stump of the Castle Forest Entrance. Wicklow Uplands Council plans to develop further links from ends of the trail with the local towns. The long term vision is to realise a route that will link Kilmacanogue to Woodenbridge creating an ‘Eastern Greenway’.
Discover more of the Glendalough Walking Trails HERE.
Now you can take the main line train from Dublin to Wexford or back and get off in Wicklow town as the new bus service picks up at the Wicklow train station. The train departs from the Connelly which is beside the central bus station (CBS). The bus Eireann 133 bus departs CBS and stops at Ashford and Wicklow and the new local link service stops at both stops.
You can now travel through out Ireland by public transport and include Glendalough Hotel on your trip.