Walking and Hiking

  

The Old Tow Path

Follow in the footsteps of ancient boatmen who towed boats along the river from Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel by taking a walk along the banks of the River Suir. The abundant wildlife and the beauty and majesty of the River Suir are guaranteed to captivate and inspire all ages.

The tow path is popular with locals and visitors alike for a leisurely riverside stroll, often pausing to watch the swans and herons, jumping trout and salmon, or spotting the elusive otters. You can walk a short section or if you have time and energy, you can walk all the way to Clonmel via the picturesque village of Kilsheelan and take the bus home.

Take it easy or go for a power walk, the choice is yours!

The Old Tow Path river walk starts from Seán Healy Park.

The East Munster Way

Starting at the Old Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, the East Munster Way is a 75 km scenic way marked walking trail which winds its way along the River Suir along the old Tow Path to Kilsheelan, and over the foothills of the Comeraghs and the Knockmealdowns to Clogheen.

After Kilsheelan the trail crosses to the south side of the River Suir into Gurteen Woods in the Comeragh foothills before descending into Clonmel. From Clonmel the trail climbs back into the hills south of the river and descends into the beautiful village of Newcastle. From here it passes the northern flanks of the Knockmealdown Mountains before descending once again into the Vee Gap and following the road to the village of Clogheen.

The whole trail typically takes 3 days to walk.

The East Munster Way links with the Wicklow, South Leinster and Blackwater Ways which form a 310 mile walking trail from Dublin to Killarney. The East Munster Way connects with the South Leinster Way at Carrick-on-Suir with the Blackwater Way at Clogheen. It is also part of the European E8 Walking Route all the way from Dursey Island, Co Cork, to Istanbul in Turkey.

For further information go to http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/East-Munster-Way/17/

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Munster Vales

Munster Vales is a new inland tourism destination in the heart of Munster, of domestic and international significance incorporating the Comeragh, Knockmealdown, Galtee, Ballyhoura and Nagles mountain ranges.

The purpose of Munster Vales is to promote the geographical area as a unique brand, linking the counties of Waterford, Tipperary, Cork and Limerick and everything in between. The Munster Vales area sits between four of Irelands six cities: Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Kilkenny. Gateway towns include Cashel, Tipperary, Carrick on Suir, Dungarvan, Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Buttevant and Charleville.

The Munster Vales strives to be the premier outdoor activity offering in Irelands Ancient East. The gorgeous mountain ranges provide a mix of soft outdoor recreational activities (walking, cycling and angling) historic, coastal and rural towns and villages, and numerous heritage and cultural attractions of scale and significance. The area boasts a year-round hospitality offering including a number of established festival and events, many of which celebrate the rich heritage and traditional culture of these mountain areas. Major tourism attractions in the Munster Vales area include, Doneraile Wildlife Park, the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, the Waterford Greenway, Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park, Glen of Aherlow, Lough Gur & Lismore to name but a few!

“Rejuvenate yourself in Ireland’s richest fertile vales, where your reward will be the treasures you will find from arresting views at the majestic Rock of Cashel, to the ancient university town of Lismore. Our stunning landscape in the farming heartland of Ireland will take your breath away from the depths of the valleys to the tops of the mountains.

Explore our landscape, our delightful towns and villages, wander off the beaten track and discover thrilling cycling in Ballyhoura, or restful strolls along the meandering River Suir. Here pilgrim paths and heritage towns are the backdrop to rolling mountains which are brought to life through tracks and trails and engaging local folklore. Immerse yourself in 5,000 years of history and culture. Mingle with the locals, whose ancestry can be traced back to these lands for generations.
Partake and enjoy our hospitality. Stay in a farmhouse in the Golden Vales and sample the artisan produce of this rich and fertile land. You will leave here feeling refreshed and fulfilled. Make our home your home!”

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Slievenamon

The iconic mountain of Slievenamon lives in the imagination of the people of Tipperary and Irish people throughout the world. It is a mountain steeped in myth and legend, where history is made and about which songs are sung and stories told.

The mountain is named Sliabh na mBan meaning ‘Mountain of the Women’ and the story is told how all the fairest women raced to the top to claim the hand of the warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhail. Fionn secretly fancied Grainne, the daughter of the High King of Ireland, so he told her about a short cut and she won the race.

Nowadays most visitors walk to the top!
The easiest route to the summit of Slievenamon is clearly signposted from Kilcash with a broad and clear track leading all the way to the cairn, while another path from Killusty to Killusty Cross can be taken towards the summit.

For more dedicated hill walkers, there is a complete circular walk around the hill, which is being promoted in the locality, as well as an annual hill race, and occasional guided walks.

Whichever route you choose, once you reach the summit you will be rewarded with extensive and spectacular views across the Golden Vale of Tipperary and much of the South East of Ireland.

From the summit of Slievenamon there are extensive views across the South East of Ireland.

For more information go to http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/slievenamon/8573.

Other Walks in County Tipperary

The Tipperary 10 is a a series of ten walks in South Tipperary, along river paths, over mountain ranges and following forest tracks where you will discover bogs, butterflies and castles, and even walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s historic figures of St. Patrick and King Henry II.

A 10km portion of the The East Munster way from Carrick-on-Suir to Kilsheelan is featured Walk no. 7 ‘Butlers & Castles’.

For more information go to http://www.discoverireland.ie/tipperary10

The Comeragh Mountains

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.

For further information please click here http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/comeragh-mountain-walks/90227.

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.

For further information click here http://www.rathgormackhostel.com.