Wales & Wicklow Combo

Wicklow Ireland: (ZZ-HKIR-F01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_hike_wales_wicklow_combo.aspx

Introduction
Wicklow Ireland
‘A tour that combines two Celtic Nations to make one great hiking adventure!’

We combined two beautiful hiking destinations: the Wicklow Mountains and Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, into a spectacular 8-day guided walking experience of two cultures, two histories, and two landscapes. This is a great opportunity to observe the differences as well as the similarities between these two ancient Celtic regions and all they have to offer.

For our time in Wales, we will stay right outside of the Snowdonia National Park. The National Park is the second largest in the UK with 2,171 protected square kilometres (838 square miles) of oak woodlands, wild flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, tranquil lakes, rocky mountains and moorland. The Park has some of the best walks in Britain, all dominated by Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England, Ireland, and Wales at 1085m (3560 ft). Whether you love nature, the great outdoors, culture or history, Wales has it all.

Our second half of the adventure takes place in the Wicklow Mountains. We will be staying just outside of the famous and majestic Glendalough, a seat of ancient culture and education and one of the most visited sites in Ireland. Wicklow holds a proud tradition of walking aided by the presence of the “Wicklow Way”, the oldest way-marked trail and the largest National Park in Ireland. The National Park protects some of Europe’s oldest peat bogs, heather-clad mountains, broad-leafed woodlands and native mammal species. After a few days of walking here, you will understand why the county has earned the title ‘The Garden of Ireland’.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive hiking trips where overnights are spent at 2 different locations.

Description
Accommodations are in family run guesthouses and all rooms are en-suite.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes
Nights 1 to 4: Guesthouse in Colwyn Bay (Wales)
Nights 5 to 7: Guesthouse in Laragh village (Ireland)

Guesthouse in Laragh village
This accommodation offers elegant and modern rooms with extensive facilities including an indoor-to-outdoor pool, Hammam massage center and sauna. There are 86 bedrooms in total, spanning across 3 buildings. There are various types of rooms available ranging from traditional style Standard Rooms to New York style Mezzanine Suites. Many rooms feature four poster or sleigh beds and all rooms have private bathroom. Free WiFi is available throughout.


Meals
All Breakfasts & 5 Packed Lunches are included in the price of your trip.
We also organize other local restaurants for some evenings (not included).
It is useful to bring a small waterproof pad to sit on for our picnic lunches.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
The hotel can cater to any special diet or dietary restriction. Please, remind the hotel staff at time of your arrival.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

This hiking trip shows you the best of Ireland and Wales. Their picturesque scenery, the grandeur of the mountains, the warmth and hospitality of the people and the magic of their music.

This holiday, guided by someone who really knows and cares for the places visited, is the best way to see these enchanting countries.

Ireland has a lot to offer the walker: dramatic sea cliffs, high mountain ridges, quiet green roads, butter roads, fuchsia-lined lanes, heath and moorland, sweeping expanses of beach. And then there are the sleepy villages, oak woods, sky-blue lakes, torrential waterfalls and babbling brooks.
Ireland's climate ideally suits the walker as generally it rarely gets too hot to be uncomfortable. Rain and cloud-formations are what bring the interesting light patterns and rainbows. The Western coast and islands are known for magnificent sunsets.

Don't be surprised at the very few people you will meet whilst walking, after all, the entire population of Ireland is only around four million! Ireland is a birdwatcher's paradise with many rarities such as the corncrake. It is also a great place for botanists, especially the area of the Burren, Co. Clare.

Maybe the best attraction of all is the people, you'll never find another place like it for hospitality, friendliness, warmth, generosity, humour, love of life and love of the land.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
We will meet you at Dublin Airport at 12.00 pm (noon) and then drive to Dublin Port for the ferry journey to Holyhead in Wales. Alternatively, you can meet us in Wales. Travel time on the sea is approximately 3hrs 15min. Once we reach Holyhead, we drive for approximately 50 minutes down through North Wales to our accommodation in the lively town of Old Colwyn Bay.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Old Colwyn Bay (Wales)


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 takes us 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 the 1st in 1283 during the conquest of Wales.
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles, Ascent: 207 m / 620 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight in Old Colwyn Bay (Wales)


Day 3: Peaceful Valleys
Beginning at the foothills of Moel Siabod, Y Glyderau and Y Carneddau, in the cozy 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 walk 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 / 10 miles, Ascent: 580 m / 1740 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight in Old Colwyn Bay (Wales)


Day 4: The Snowdon Challenge
The climb up the tallest mountain in Ireland, Wales, and England is quite a challenge but you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment on arrival at the summit of Mount Snowdon. We make our ascent on the Pyg Track, an old miner's track which is well maintained by the National Trust. From the summit, on a clear day, we will enjoy incredible sweeping views in all directions. We descend using the old sightseers’ railway track. The railway has been running for over 100 years, a modern replacement for the ponies previously used to carry visitors to the summit.
Distance up the Pyg Track and down to Llanberis: 13 km / 6.5 miles, Ascent: 727 m / 2181 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight in Old Colwyn Bay (Wales)


Day 5: Swallow Falls and Trefriw Woollen Mills
Our final day in Wales includes a short nature walk to the famous and lovely Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Code. Here the river Llugwy rushes down from the mountains. Crags and jagged rocks divide the stream into a number of foaming cascades. We will take a guided tour of the Trefriw Woollen Mills where you might even have an opportunity to try your hand at weaving. We then head back to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Ireland and drive South to our new accommodation nestled in the Wicklow Mountains.
Distance: 5 km / 3 miles, Ascent: 150 m / 450 ft.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Laragh village (Ireland)


Day 6: Glendalough & The Spinc
We start the day at the famous Glendalough Monastic Settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. We will have a guided tour of the area to learn its regional and global significance as a former hub of learning in Europe. Its fully intact round tower overlooks the two lakes that gave Glendalough (“Gleann Dá Loch”, The Glen of the Two Lakes) its name. We will follow part of the Wicklow Way, onto Lugduff Mountain for spectacular views of the lakes and surrounding wild hills. Our trail crosses The Spinc, down through a deserted miners’ village and back to Glendalough.
Distance: 11.5 km / 7.2 miles, Ascent: 410 m / 1230 ft. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight in Laragh village (Ireland)


Day 7: Trooperstown & 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 are visible. Our trail 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 / 7.8 miles, Ascent: 430 m / 1290 ft. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed Lunch
Overnight in Laragh village (Ireland)


Day 8: Departure
Depart for Dublin Airport after our final hearty Irish breakfast, arriving at about 12:30 noon.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Wales & Wicklow Combo

Rates include:

Accommodations, All breakfasts and 5 packed lunch, Transfers from/to Dublin Airport, Ferry to/from Wales & All local transportation

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day trip€1120$1270
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Single supplement 350 $400
2020 Pickup at Dublin Airport and Return to Dublin Airport at the end of your tour is included 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 08/02 - 08/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip 4 /14 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Dinners and 1 packed lunch (on Day 5), Entry fee to Conway Castle & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Dublin airport
Airport: Dublin
Transfer: Dublin airport

Climate:
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Source: NOAA


Seasons
The weather is mild but changeable and rain can be expected at any time of the year. Parts of the country are oceanic, and as you move further away from the coast the conditions become slightly more temperature- however the prevailing factor across the whole country is that few temperature extremes are experienced.

Ireland is affected by the North Atlantic Drift, so this has a moderating affect on the climate and keeps winter in Ireland warmer than places of similar latitudes. Its northerly location, however, means that summers never get particular hot either. The climate is generally fairly typical of an insular climate and is moderated by the moist winds that blow across the island. These winds prevail from the south west, off the Atlantic, and can reach particular high speeds at times of the year.

On the whole the west coast is much wetter than the east coast. Inland Ireland gets warmer in the summer months than the coastal region, though on the flipside it also gets much colder in the winter. These temperature differences are not that great, with central Ireland only being a few degrees cooler than the coast. In the center of the country across the year will record about 40 days below freezing, however on the coast the mercury will only fall below 0 C (32 F) on average 10 days per year.

What To Bring:
• Comfortable waterproof walking boots
• Waterproof jacket & over trousers
• Backpack, lined with plastic bag
• Gaiters & walking poles
• Thick socks / hat / gloves
• Water bottle & lunch box
• First aid
• Sunscreen / Insect repellent

and for that special moment, your camera.