Ireland's countryside is a patchwork of many different landscapes with some massive and hilly areas. The most famous and impressive area is just south of Ireland's capital Dublin, in County Wicklow. You will find many large stretches of charming unspoilt mountain trails even though it's close to the city. The Wicklow Way was the first mountain trail in Ireland, created in 1980 and nowadays it's the most famous of all trails in County Wicklow. You can also explore the Wicklow Way Walking Tours and Self-Guided walking holidays from the web.
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Five Days Walk
Start the 132 km Wicklow Way in Rathfarnham, south of Dublin and travel south-west across the highlands of Dublin and Wicklow. You walk through the amazing rolling hill country of southwest County Wicklow and the trail ends in the small village of County Carlow of Clonegal. Depending on your fitness or of course your ambition, it will take you between five and ten days to walk the whole trail.
Wicklow Way is a nice and well-marked trail. There are some tough sections graded to put a stop to erosion. Back in the early 19th century the British built the Military Road to get rid of the rebels who were hiding in the hills. You will walk parts of this road during the Wicklow Way. Sometimes you will find yourself off the forest trail and cut off from spectacular views to avoid crossing private land.
You can walk the Wicklow Way the whole year round. Ireland is known for its rainy days, so you'll need a proper set of waterproofs. Your best chances for good weather are between May and September, but it will also be more crowded during the high season. Plan your walk ahead to avoid disappointments over the public transport. Most hoteliers are very hospital and will offer you transport on short distances.