Walking Highlights Galtees
Located on the Tipperary-Cork border, the wide-ranging Galtee Mountains stretch from the Glen of Aherlow to Mitchelstown.
The Galtee Mountains are spread across the borders of three counties in Munster: Limerick, Tipperary and Cork. The name for this range of mountains was derived from the Irish Sléibhte na gCoillte, or ‘Mountains of the forests’. Galtymore is the highest peak in the range, reaching 3,009 ft and is situated the border between Limerick and Tipperary. Glacial action during the last Ice-Age helped to form various features of the Galtees. The summits of the Galtees are characterised by scree, a result of constant freeze-thaw action during this period. Also, cirques were formed on the upper slopes that are today the underlying support for corrie lakes including Lough Curra, Lough Bohreen and Lough Muskry. The Galtees are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range and encourage a number of enthusiastic hikers to climb to the submit of the Galtymore (919m) each year. There are countless trails throughout the range and in the nearby Glengarra Woods. Experience an enlightening yoga walk through the Galtees with Yoga Walks Ireland.
Between the Galtees and Slievenamuch Ridge you will find the Glen of Aherlow, a lush valley of historical importance serving as a passage between Limerick and Tipperary. The Statue of the Christ King raises his hand “blessing the Glen and all who pass by”. This friendly welcome extends to the Glen locals that share the same hospitable nature. There are opportunities for walking, rambling, horseriding, cycling and fishing The Glen is renowned for the warmth of its welcome and the friendship of its people. Nowhere will this be more evident to the visitor than in the local restaurants, pubs, shops and accommodation.Within the Glen the focal point is the Statue of Christ the King. Erected in 1950, Christ the King, overlooking the valley at its most scenic viewpoint has his hand raised in “blessing the Glen and all who pass by”, attracts thousands of visitors every year. The entrance to the Glen of Aherlow Nature Park is adjacent to Christ the King. The Nature Park is a series of loop walking trails, suitable for families, with information panels on the flora and fauna of the area, picnic tables, so take a ramble in a natural woodland at your leisure.
Check out the fantastic maps that will aid you on your discovery of the Galtees, East West Mapping have produced wonderful maps of the Galtees , Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns. The three maps combined are available as a digital map running on smart phones – the app is called EastWest Maps. Playstore and AppStore.
Unwind and take in the beautiful scenery along the motorway from Cahir to Mitchelstown. Make sure to stop at the Mitchelstown Caves and explore the hidden wonders deep beneath the ancient Irish soil. The Tipperary Excel Heritage Centre is an Arts and Culture Centre in Tipperary town providing a centre of excellence in the delivery of Arts, Culture and Heritage to County Tipperary. Its facilities include the Simon Ryan Theatre, Art Gallery, Dance studio, Digital Cinema, Heritage Centre and Tourist Information
Visit the family-run Galtee Honey Farm and take a tour of the 170 beehives and enjoy a tasting of the premium Irish honey made in the Galtee Vee Valley.
The Galtee Mountain Range offers a wealth of experiences for all the family.