The Comeragh Mountains are a remarkably varied range, stretching from the coast near Dungarvan inland as far as Clonmel. The Nire Valley reaches into the heart of the range, not only offers good access, but also featuring an annual walking festival, introducing hundreds of walkers to the joys and challenge of walking in these mountains.
The central part of the Comeragh Mountains features a boggy plateau, while the fringe features phenomenally rocky coums filled with a wonderful assortment of little Loughs. Here you will find the rock-walled Coumshingaun and Coum Iarthair, as well as Crotty’s Lough, which was named after an outlaw who lay low in these remote fastnesses. Other deep hollows include Coumstillogue, Coumalocha, Coumfea and Coumtay.
Searching for them all can make for some quite interesting explorations. The fine rocky peak of Knockanaffrin rises between the Nire Valley and Clonmel, along with a range of gentler, less often walked hills. The Munster Way runs nearby, crossing the hills between Clonmel and Newcastle.Heading southwards from the Nire valley, towards Dungarvan, there are some fine rounded hills, such as Seefin and Crohaun, while a network of forest tracks offer easier walking.
The Comeragh Mountains Walking Festival is held every October and is centred on the Nire Valley. Experienced local guides offer leadership and plenty of background knowledge about the area. A range of routes includes tough mountain walks, gentler valley walks and a number of short and easy walks suitable for beginners. Tough walkers often try to complete the full traverse of the range between Clonmel and Dungarvan.