Overview. Pilgrim trail from Hollywood to Glendalough, which reputedly follows the journey of St Kevin to found a monastic settlement in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains. Well-marked track rises gently to the sweeping viewpoint of the Wicklow Gap, before descending easily to finish at the ancient monastic site at Glendalough, which was a renowned centre of pilgrimage and learning in the medieval period.
Grade. Moderate grade, linear walk requiring transport at both ends. Wet underfoot conditions in places. Raingear, trekking boots and warm clothing required – take special care on public road sections.
Distance. 30 kilometres
Estimated Time. 7 hours
Trailhead. Take the N81 from Dublin or the R411 from Naas through Ballymore Eustace to the small Wicklow village of Hollywood. The trailhead is close at 939 054. It is also possible to start your walk from Valleymount village.
Finish. Glendalough monastic site.
Passport Information: 083 4328442.
Passport Stamping Point: Glendalough .Visitor Centre, Glendalough 044 45325
Passports are available for sale and to be stamped at The Hollywood Cafe, Hollywood Village. The start of the route is now at the café, which acts as an information point for walkers. Contact details are as follows
www.hollywoodcafe.ie 045 863097; Eircode: W91 RYY9
(Owner Chris McNeil) Open 9.00-17.30pm (later on Fridays)
In Glendalough , the stamping point is the OPW Visitors Centre, open 10 am – 16.30pm