Carrying a heavy rucksack is a huge contributary factor to the development of blisters on both the shoulders and feet. If you are new to long-distance trail-walking then the best advice is to have your overnight bag transported from one accommodation to the next. This will make a massive difference in the overall enjoyment of your holiday. If you feel fine after completing the Wicklow Way, then you can weigh up the pros and cons of carrying a full bag on your next adventure.
Those who are determined in carrying their own rucksack, please make sure to properly build up your strength and fitness prior to the Wicklow Way. Never leave it until starting the trail to try carrying your full load for the first time! A Maximum Weight of 12-15kg is recommended for carrying on any hike.
Wicklow Way Baggage is a new business specifically set up to assist in the transfer of luggage between b&bs, hotels and hostels along the Wicklow Way. This company cover the full route along the Wicklow Way, from Marlay Park in the north to Clonegal in the south and also in the return direction.
Pickups start at 9am with deliveries made up until 4.30pm. Walkers are charged 7.50 per bag per day with a maximum specified weight of 15kg per bag. Group rates can be offered upon request. Wicklow Way Baggage also offer taxi transfers between Dublin Airport and Wicklow.
For many years now, a lot of the bed and breakfasts along the Wicklow Way have operated a baggage transfer service between themselves. For 2008, the average price that can be expected for a "baggage drop" is between 15 and 20. This rate will vary though depending on the distance to the next accommodation. The price generally covers the car-trip regardless of however many bags need to be transported.
To find out which establishments offer this service, check each of the individual listings in the Accommodation Section.