Wicklow Way is 129km trail that starts in Marlay Park, South of Dublin City Centre, and takes you on a 5-10 day journey through the Wicklow mountains and Glendalough National Park. The trail follows the eastern side of the Wicklow Mountains, passing near but avoiding the towns of Glencullen, Roundwood, Laragh, and Tinahely. There are plenty of good accommodation, or stay in Adirondack style shelter (there is 3 on route). Overnight stays in the shelters are permitted. The shelters are extremely popular, so will often find the shelter full. Camping at the shelters is not allowed.
The route traditionally goes from North to South, but we personally prefer walking from South to North finishing with the great view of Dublin. Getting back from Clonegal can be awkward and likely requires a road walk from Clonegal to Bunclody.
The best time of year to hike the trail is between April and October, though with the right preparation could likely complete the trail most times of the year except perhaps if there is heavy snow in the Wicklow mountains (most likely in Jan/Feb).
This trail is about 33% on quiet back roads, in particular the southern section of the trail south of Glenmalure.
The Wicklow Way is a permissive access route that travels over local authority, NPWS, Coillte and private lands. It is part of the Walks Scheme for private landowners. Dogs are not permitted on the Wicklow Way, there are a number of private landowners along the route, their Walks Scheme agreement to allow for access specifically states that dogs are not permitted. Cycling on the Wicklow Way is not permitted. Permits are required for groups larger than 30 or for commercially guided walks.