Join us for a gentle paced summit to Ireland’s highest inland mountain requiring moderate fitness.
Starting from the Black Road on an old turf road rising to give fabulous views of the Galty Vee Valley. The path constructed hundreds of years ago weaves between the Seefin and Knockeenatoung peaks as it passes the monument for the 1976 aircrash. On leaving the path the route gets softer underfoot as it takes us to the turf hag between Galtybeg and Galtymore, from here the famed Glen of Aherlow comes into full view. Directly below us is a huge drop to Lough Diheen where legend has it St.Patrick banished a serpent. The last bit of the hike involves a stiff uphill section bringing us to the plateau on top of the Galty Mountains known locally as Dawson’s Table. Up here you are at the highest point of the 24 peaks of the Galty Mountain range dividing Tipperary and Limerick, it is also the highest point of both counties at 919 metres. From the top of Ireland’s greatest inland mountain range soak up panoramic views of the country, on a clear day stretching from the Reeks in Kerry to Limerick and the Shannon region, down to the south coast and over to the Blackstair, Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountain ranges.
Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 608 metres | Duration: 4-4.5 hours
Join us for a steady paced ascent to one of the highest mountains in the South East of Ireland. This trek is ideal for those who have little experience of walking on mountain tops. Starting from Bay Lough car park on the Tipperary/Waterford border with views down to the Galty Vee Valley. Our walk begins at the Bianconi stagecoach hut opposite the car park under the imposing Sugarloaf peak. We will ease our way to the county boundary wall at the lowest point between the Sugarloaf and Knockmealdown peaks. Shortly after setting off we will get fabulous views down into Bay Lough and over to the Galtee Mountains. As we go a little higher, the Blackwater Valley comes into view on the southern side of the mountains. On reaching the county boundary wall separating Tipperary and Waterford, witness spectacular views of the plains of South Tipperary made up of a patchwork of green brown and yellow pastures. The wall brings us all the way to the highest point of the Knockmealdowns at 792 metres, which is also the highest point in County Waterford. From here you will be able to gaze down to the Blackwater Valley and all the way to the south coast while soaking up the solitude of the mountains.
Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 562 metres | Duration: 3.5-4hours
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