The Wicklow Way 2018

Clonegal to Marley Park


My friend and I traveled 2 Ireland to hike The Wicklow Way a few months ago. It was a bucket list trip 4 me! We stayed at The Loughdan House with Sean and Theresa. I had planned 4 us 2 to hike South to North in 8 days. We were to have a guide . We met Damien Kennedy on our 1st day. He led us on 6 of the 8 days through The Wicklow Way. I would say we are novice hikers in International hiking. Damien is a great guide, he is very knowledgeable of this area! Everyday he was with us from beginning to end rain or shine or fog! Damien took his time at easy pace for us.I never doubted we were lost or wouldnt finish the day hikes! Different terrain and challenges for 2 women from Hawaii. 7000 miles from our tiny island. Damien logged our hikes each day so we knew what distance we done each day. Beautiful terrain and he us gave points of interest. I had read the book and never imaged how beautiful this area is. Damien made this trip very memorable and I would not hesitate to return and use his expertise to hike other places. We even made it to 4 pubs and learned to drink pints of Guinness! At the end of some of our walks. Great that Sean and Theresa at Loughdan House use Damien as a guide.


The 50th State Pixie S. Bickel