This is a shortened version of the Wicklow Way starting in either Marley Park or Glenmalure (we recommend going north from Glenmalure!). It takes in some of the best of what has to offer. Within the first 2 hours of hiking, you will pass over the Lugduff gap into the mystical valley of Glendalough. You will also get great views of the Guinness Lake (Lough Tay), and finish with the perfect panorama of Dublin City atop Fairy Castle. This is very much a highlights tour of the Wicklow Way, and a great trail to do as an intro to Long-distance hiking. You can hike this trail almost any time of the year with proper prep (please see our blog - blog.hiiker.app for a full gear list), but the best experience will be had from late March until October, but any weekend with decent weather is perfect.
There are plenty of good accommodation, or stay in Adirondack style shelter (there is 2 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 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.