Sat – Sun (2 days hiking)
Wicklow Mountains
Mountain range
Nearest town

Wicklow Wild Camping Weekend

Wicklow Mountains wild camp – (Hard/Strenuous)

A truly wild encounter, camping beneath the open sky in the famous Wicklow Mountains.

About the Wicklow Wild Camping Weekend

You will learn all the necessary skills to confidently go wild camping on your own in the future. We will teach you the skills of packing a rucksack for a weekend wild camp, travelling light, site selection, finding clean and safe drinking water, cooking and good camp craft.

We begin our adventure in the valley of Glendalough, at the Visitor Centre car park. After a kit check and briefing we will head out into the Wicklow hills. We will show you how to select a good camp site, erect your tent, prepare your food and spend a comfortable night in the mountains.

Day two will see us hiking across the mountains before heading down into Glendalough and returning to the Visitor Centre. The distance we travel and our overall height gain over the weekend depends on the ability of the group. However, you should be able to carry around 10kg and hike for 5-6 hours each day.

MEETING POINT Glendalough Visitor Centre, 10.00 Saturday
RETURN TIME Sunday afternoon around 16.30.
  • Good hiking boots and waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking trousers are advised, (no jeans please).
  • Hat, gloves and spare warm layer.
  • Snacks for two days, water or juice drink, (1.5 litres).
  • Sleeping bag, overnight toiletries and head torch.
  • Rucksack, approx. 45-50 litres, to carry your equipment, (we have several rucksacks available to loan if required).
  • Full kit list will be sent when booking.
Transport is available from Molly Malone statue in Suffolk Street, at 09.00, – additional €10 per person payable to the driver on the day.(Limited places are available, please state you require transport when booking).
2 days guided hikes with professional mountain leader with first aid cert and full insurance.
Tent (please note our tents are for 2 person use, and you would be expected to share.)
Sleeping mat
Cooking equipment + gas
Saturday evening meal and Sunday breakfast, tea/coffee/hot chocolate, (bring your own snacks for lunch).
Instruction on selecting a wild campsite and erecting your tent, food preparation and cooking, camp hygiene.
Specialist hiking equipment.
Snacks and drink.

How to get to the start:

To get to Glendalough from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood . Go through Roundwood, then Annamoe and on to Laragh. Carry on to Glendalough, which is well signposted, and park in the first car park on the left, before you reach the hotel.

Further reading on our blog:

Hill Skills Series – Backpacking kit for Summer wild camps in Ireland and the UK


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Wild camping weekend