The Comeragh Mountains and Mahon Falls

Carrick-on-Suir is flanked to the south by the foothills of the Comeraghs leading to the Comeragh Mountains themselves, one of Ireland’s best kept secrets.

Forged in the last ice age over 10,000 years ago, the Comeragh Mountains range is hugely varied and stretches from the coast near Dungarvan inland as far as Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel to form part of the Munster Ridge.

This easily accessible mountain range offers a variety of walks of varying difficulty with spectacular views all the way to the sea, a mysterious ‘magic road’ and a dramatic waterfall, some of the best examples of glacial corrie or armchair lakes, and stories of myth and legend including Crotty, the infamous outlaw reputed to have hidden his ill gotten gains in the mountains, and ‘Lackendara Jim’, a hermit who lived in a cave by Lake Coumshingaun after he returned from World War I up to his death in 1959.

There is a wide choice of walks to choose from including Knocksheegowna and Knockanafrinn Ridge, Lake Counshingaun, Mahon Falls, quiet forests and trails where it feels like no one has walked for thousands of years, and signposted looped walks for relaxed ambles on the beaten track.

No visit to the Comeraghs is complete without taking in the spectacular Mahon Falls which tumbles from the highest point in the Comeraghs. The popular Mahon Falls trail is a pleasant and easy family walk with a car park close by.

The Coumshingaun Loop Walk is a moderate 4 hour trail around a natural amphitheatre of splendour and silence, Coumshingaun Lake. One of the finest examples of a glacial corrie in Europe, the lake is framed by spectacular cliffs which rise to an an awe inspiring 365 metres above the lake.

Other way marked walks within the open countryside and uplands of the Comeragh Mountains include linear walks and Failte Ireland National Looped walking trails.

The Comeragh Mountains Walking Festival based in the Nire Valley is held every October. Experienced local guides offer leadership and plenty of background knowledge about the area. Routes include tough mountain walks, gentler valley walks and a number of short and easy walks suitable for beginners.

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Rathgormack Hiking Centre

Situated in the Comeragh Mountains in the picturesque village of Rathgormack, the Rathgormack Hostel and Community Centre is a purpose built approved hostel with accommodation for 20 people. The hostel and hiking centre is the ideal location for exploring the many attractions of North Waterford and South Tipperary.

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