Walking Hiking

Wales & Wicklow

Guided Walking Tour – Wales & Wicklow

This stunning 8 day tour gives you the opportunity to experience two of the most spectacular National Parks on these islands in Snowdonia National Park and the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

As well as experiencing two Celtic Cultures, this tour has many highlights including the great heights of Snowdonia to the majestic valley of Glendalough and St. Kevin’s 6th century Monastic City.

 

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour £1099 per person sharing
Sunday to Sunday
Single Supplement +£280
Tour Dates 2019 Sunday 4th August to Sunday 11th August 
Tour Dates 2020 TBC
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse (en suite)
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Overnight Colwyn Bay, Wales
Pick up at the Dublin Airport at 12.00pm, then off to the ferry port for the journey across the water to Holyhead Wales. Alternatively, you can meet us in Wales. The ferry is approximately 1hr 40 minutes and then we drive north to Colwyn Bay. After settling in to our accommodation we will seek out our week’s first local culinary experience.
Day 2 / Seaside Resorts & Ancient History
Our first walk begins in the coastal town of Llandudno, one of Britain’s finest Victorian seaside resorts, and works around the Great Orme peninsula for fascinating views of mountains over the ocean. We will explore the world’s only publicly open Bronze Age copper mine, first mined over 3,500 years ago and visit one of the finest examples of fortress architecture in the world at the walled town of Conwy. Conwy castle, with 22 towers and nearly a mile of battlements wall, was built by Edward I in 1283 during the conquest of Wales. Distance: 10 km, Ascent: 207 m
Day 3 / Peaceful Valleys
Beginning at the foothills of Moel Siabod, Y Glyderau and Y Carneddau in the cosy village of Capel Curig we follow an old pass through the mountains and down into the peaceful valley of Cornel. We will walk through Hendre Forest and come around to the once natural lake Llyn Cowlyd. In the 19th century the lake was made into a reservoir for the region. Our homeward track is along the water, around the base of Pen Llithrig and back to Capel Curig. Distance: 16 km, Ascent: 580 m
Day 4 / Ben Nevis
The climb up the tallest mountain in Ireland, Wales, and England is a challenge but you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment atop its summit. On a clear day we will also have incredible sweeping views. We make our ascent on the Pyg Track and either walk down or return using the old sightseers’ railway. The railway has been running for over 100 years, a modern replacement for the ponies previously used to carry visitors to the summit. The Pyg Track is an old miner’s track now well maintained by the National Trust leading trekkers from Pen-Y-Pass to the summit. Distance up the Pyg Track and down to Llanberis: 13 km, Ascent: 727 m
Day 5 / Swallow Falls & Trefriw Woollen Mills
Our final day in Wales is a short nature walk to the famous and lovely Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Code. Here the river Llugwy hurls itself down from the mountains, at its cusp the river is divided by jagged rocks so there are a number of foaming falls. We will have the chance to take a guided tour of the Trefriw Woollen Mills, do a little shopping, and maybe try your own hand at weaving. We then head back to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Ireland and drive south to our new home nestled in the Wicklow Mountains. Distance walked today is approximately 5 km, Ascent 150 m
Day 6 / The Spinc & St. Kevin’s Monastic Site
Our first walk in Wicklow starts from the village of Laragh and follows an old Green Road through an Oak and Beach forest onto part of Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest way marked trail. The trail takes us to the round tower of Glendalough where we will have a guided tour of the monastic settlement. We continue on forest tracks to ascend The Spinc and the side of Lugduff Mountain for breathtaking views of the lakes and surrounding countryside. We then descend to the Glenealo Valley passing through the deserted Miner’s Village. Distance: 11.5km, Ascent: 410 m
Day 7 / Trooperstown Hill & the Vale of Clara
Starting from our village accommodation our trail leads us through Ballard Forest and up onto Trooperstown Hill. This hill is a hidden gem and on a clear day almost every peak of the Wicklow range and some of the Welsh mountains walked earlier in the week are visible. Our trail now moves to the beautiful Vale of Clara for lunch on the banks of the Avonmore River. After lunch we will follow the Avonmore River through the Vale’s Oak Forest into the town of Rathdrum. We will be picked up in Rathdrum and go to visit the world famous Avoca Woollen Mills original location. Distance: 12.5 km, Ascent: 430 m
Day 8 / Departure
Our tour ends and we must depart at approx. 12.30 pm for Dublin Airport

Included

  • 7 nights B&B, in family run guesthouses, with all rooms en-suite/private wash room
  • 6 packed lunches
  • Pickup and return to Dublin Airport Ferry to and from Wales
  • All transport to and from walks and evenings out

Not Included

  • Evening Meals
  • Entry fees to Conway Castle

Testimonials

  • Once more a big thank you for a gorgeous week with splendid weather (which probably was none of your doing) and your splendid company (which certainly was a lot of your doing).  As if I hadn’t known: Connemara is a very beautiful spot on Gods earth.

    Eberhard Schmid, Germany
  • Many thanks for a well-planned trip. We had a blast. The hiking was fantastic…no rain…accommodating and lovely B&B’s…nice folks along the way…. just beautiful. We enjoyed a new play at the Abbey Theater and saw everything on our list in Dublin! Thanks for all your great instructions and helpful suggestions. I have recommended you to some friends from Arizona going this summer.

    Tricia, Arizona
  • The walk you led was one of the best trips David and I have enjoyed. I have been thinking about why that is so. Ireland itself is beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people. But Ireland is not alone in having those attributes.
    I decided the factor which contributed the most to our enjoyment was the fact that you were able to create a group of friends out of people who just met at the airport. That is very special, and one of the reasons I think Teresa is a very lucky woman (and from your comments,she too is very special).
    So again heartfelt thanks for leading us on a wonderful walk through gorgeous vistas.

    Shirley & David