Walking Routes in Glendalough

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’. If you need more information about this walk or have any additional questions go to www.wicklowuplandscouncil.ie

St Kevin’s Way – The Pilgrim Path

St Kevin’s Way is a 30 Km (18 mile) trail from Hollywood, following in the footsteps of St. Kevin through the hills of Co. Wicklow to the haunting and mysterious valley of Glendalough where he spent the rest of his life in solitary prayer and contemplation. After Kevin’s death in AD 618, what had been a humble hermit’s retreat developed into an impressive monastic city which was to continue as a centre of piety and learning for many years to come. Medieval pilgrims came from far and wide to visit Kevin’s tomb, and the alternative starting points to the walk reflect the different directions from which they are likely to have travelled. If you need more information about this walk or have any additional questions go to www.pilgrimpath.ie

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Walking Guides in Glendalough

Footfalls Walking HolidaysFootfalls
Co. Wicklow

Contact: Christopher Stacey
Tel/Fax: +353 (0) 404 45152
E-mail:  info@walkinghikingireland.com
W: www.walkinghikingireland.com

Footfalls, based in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, specialise in guided nature walks. All our tours are nature and history orientated and we ensure that all accommodation and meals are to the highest standard leaving you to enjoy the scenic splendor and solitude of the countryside.


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Glendalough Guided WalksMartin Sword
Co. Wicklow
Tel: 00353 (0)87 2600548
E: swords.martin@gmail.com

Glendalough Guided Walks’ offers visitors to Wicklow a unique journey into the secret heart of Ireland’s most beautiful and historic valley. Your walk covers: The History of Glendalough Valley, The Ancient Folklore of the Area, The Culture of the People, Stories of Local Place names, Other Points of Interest. This is a gentle walk, with no mountains or hills to climb, of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, finishing in the Glendalough Hotel with a cup of Tea or Coffee. I am looking forward to welcoming you to Glendalough and taking you on a unique tour of its secret gems.


Have fun, get fit, and burn lots of calories, while exploring the wonderful uplands of Dublin and Wicklow.  With walks to suit all ages and fitness levels, plus beginner hikes and courses. 

I have public liability insurance and I am Remote Emergency Care (Level 3) certified. 


E: info@mikeshikes.ie

T: 0857870799






Tel: + 353 91 763 994
E: info@hillwalktours.com




At Hillwalk Tours, it’s our goal to create travel experiences that make people happy. We do this by having walked every step of the Wicklow Way before you, ensuring that will be up to scratch for you. We have personal visited every B&B that you will be staying in. Detailed route notes will be provided to you before you set off, and we’ll take care of transferring your luggage from B&B to B&B. We maintain strong relationships with local suppliers on the ground, so you know that you’ll get the best service available.


Address: Dublin, Ireland

Contact: Russ Mills

Tel: 086 4466997

Email: info@mountaintrails.ie   Website:  www.mountaintrails.ie


Why choose to join the adventure with Mountaintrails?

We specialise in full day guided hikes into the Wicklow Mountains and beyond. Where you can hike the quieter, more remote and scenic trails in the Irish mountains.

With over 35 years of hike guiding experience and a range of walk itineraries to suit every ability you can be sure of an unforgettable experience when you join us in the wilder parts of Ireland.

  • All guides are fully qualified and insured Mountain Leaders.
  • We are Rescue and Emergency Care Fist Aid trained.
  • Nationally accredited by Mountaineering Ireland for skills courses.
  • 35 years guiding experience in Ireland, Britain, Europe and Africa.
  • Private guided tours a speciality.
  • Smaller group sizes mean a more personal experience.
  • Insights into the geology, history, plants & animals of this unique area.
  • Leave No Trace accredited trainers.
  • Our clients rate us ‘Excellent!’ on Tripadvisor

We felt in very good hands and Russ had a wealth of information to share about the natural and human history of the area. We’re definitely considering other guided tours led by Russ in the future.” – John P, USA (Lugnaquilla guided hike)


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19 thoughts on “

  1. Tina

    Are there mountains and hills to climb when hiking with mike? How many miles can we cover for a full day? Are there hikes that we could do on our own? Thank you!

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  3. Neil

    Hi, I saw on my last walk that the Spinc is due to close this summer for maintenance work. Could you tell me when that’ll happen please?

    Thanks a mil.

    1. Brockagh Centre Post author

      Hi bego,
      not in the Summer months because there is daylight until around 21:00. In the evening the midges(biting flies) are out and this may get annoying for walkers.

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