A very rewarding way to experience the beauties of the Wicklow Mountains and surrounding hills is to book an independent walking tour that will take care of your accommodations and meals and transport to starting points of scenic walks but leave you on your own during the walks.  Such tours also supply you with maps and instruction and safety backup, but leave you to enjoy the splendid isolation and tranquil beauty of the scenic trails. Singles, couples, or group tours can be booked that originate and end in Dublin with transportation in mini buses between hiking areas, or day hikes can be made from locations all around the county.  Transport by bus, train or car from Dublin city center or the Dublin Airport to the Wicklow hiking areas takes between an hour and an hour and a half.

Self guided tours usually range from five to ten days, but less experienced hikers can arrange shorter itineraries to suit their abilities.  Accommodation may be fixed, returning to a home base each evening, or progressive, with accommodation in family-run Bed & Breakfast guesthouses along the way.  Daily hikes range from 7.5-14 miles (12-23 kilometers).

If your time or stamina is more limited, there are many day walks you can join, either accompanied by an experienced guide or by simply joining like minded walkers out for a day’s excursion.  These are usually limited to 5-8 miles (10-12 kilometers) with moderate ascents.