Disclaimer: The Comeragh Mountains do not see as much footfall as other ranges in the country. Due to this, paths may not be so obvious and way markers may be missing. It is advised that you check the weather forecast before heading into the Comeragh Mountains. Hiking with a map and compass is also advised.
1. Crotty's Rock
Crotty’s Rock is a hidden coum, only a stone throw away from its neighbour Coumshingaun.
The area gets its name after the infamous highway man William Crotty, a Robin Hood esque character who would steal from the rich and give to the poor. It was said that it was here, at the foothills of the Comeragh Mountains, that Crotty would keep his gold.
The trail up to the lake is an old forest road, which now wears a blanket of Grass. The trail is steep enough, but there are plenty of resting points along the way, with beautiful views overlooking Slievenamon and beyond.
From the lake, there are many options to explore the coum. The trails take a bit of getting used to as they are sheep trails and will become more obvious with more food fall. For the competent hiker, I recommend taking the trail to the upper cliffs. From here, you can take in amazing 360 degree views of the Comeragh Mountains.
Note: All the trails and facilities at Crotty’s Rock are privately funded and maintained by the Cullinane family at Crotty’s Rock.
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2. The Boola Lakes
The Boola Lake Trail Hike
The Boola’s trail takes you through some of the Comeragh Mountain’s most beautiful scenery. There is ample parking at the starting point and from my experience the parking, while isolated, is very safe.
The trail itself is very well waymarked (for the Comeraghs), although fallen markers are not uncommon.
The trail takes you through Coum Larthar where you will pass three lakes, each with their own character. The middle lake is a beautiful sight during the mid summer months, when it is home to a colony of dragonflies.
If you are looking for an extra punch to your hike then I’d recommend combining this walk with a part of Knockanaffrin ridge.
Rathgormack: The closest town is Rathgormack where you can pop into the Comeragh Stores for some fresh pastries.
Coumshingaun Loop: Waterford
One of my favourite trails in the country! If you haven’t hiked Coumshingaun then this should be next up on your tick-list.
Coumshingaun is a corrie lake that was carved out during the last ice age. It is said to be Europe’s most impressive corrie lake and it is easy to see why. Standing on the southern ridge it feels as through you are standing in the land of giants.
The starting point is at Kilclooney Woods, located between Carrick-On-Suir and Dungarvan. From the woods, you link up with a trail that takes you onwards to Coumshingaun. For some, a simple visit to the lake is enough, but I recommend taking in the 4-hour looped walk.
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