Comeragh Mountains, Waterford

One of our favourite memories from last year... sitting on top of the Comeragh Mountains overlooking Loch Coumshingaun, Ireland's biggest glacial lake.

The Nire Valley in Waterford is a truly magical, and well worth a weekend visit. The Coumshingaun Loop walk which took us almost 3 hours, and covers 7.5km, is a difficult enough hike with exposure to sheer drops, and rough mountain terrain. Coumshingaun Lough itself is known as the jewel of the Comeraghs, its a amphitheatre of sheer wonder, boasting heights of 792m from Fauscoum, the highest point.  

We started at Kiclooney Wood along the Carrick on Suir to Dungarvan road. A well marked path, led us through a forest up to the mountain side. Over a stone wall, we continued up a steep path, past larger rocks, until we reached the enclosed lake. 

The towering cliffs and dark waters were breathtaking! A truly dramatic view, leaving you feeling like a mere spec in the landscape. We continued along the mountain ridge till we reached the top boasting views of the valley and hills below. We camped up here for a bit taking it all in. 

The descent was tough, with steep paths, and some big rocks, but it was worth every second, and we’d do it again in a heartbeat.

We stayed in a quant guest house called Hanora's Cottage, where our parents visited almost 30 years ago. Greeted with fresh tea & scones, the smell of burning turf, and an abundance of information on local hikes. And a nice feature, especially after hours of hiking, each room has its own jacuzzi. Bliss!

 The next day we drove to Mahon Falls, a short path up, with beautiful views from the top. A short drive we found ourselves on Magic Road. Once to check out. Other places to go; Nire Valley Clamping, rent bikes along Waterford Greenways to Dungarvan, Ardmore cliff walk followed by drink at Cliff House Hotel. 

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