Ireland is undoubtedly a hiker’s paradise. The array of mountain ranges and terrains that is available to satisfy the adrenalin junkie in a hiker knows no leaps and bounds in Ireland. While several mountain ranges are widespread in Ireland, there are some like the Comeragh Mountains that are not so well known, which means you won’t have to worry about a flood of tourists here. The Comeragh Mountain is not just one, but two mountains that you can experience. Visting Comeragh is an excellent opportunity to experience both the Monavullagh and the Comeragh ranges. Imagine glacier tipped peaks and boggy summits along with rigged cliffs and ridges are a welcome sight for hikers who come here.
Hiking the Comeragh
Starting off on your hiking adventure in Comeragh can be rewarding if you ae well preparing. The right shoes, clothes and supplies that you usually take on strenuous hikes are in order if you want to experience these ranges the right way. You would start at the Powers Caravan Park where you can choose to camp out before embarking on your adventure. The park is the same place you would finish your hike as well but on a different area of the park. There are several great waymarks that you can explore, and all of them start at 547m during your climb.
The entire hike is about 18 kilometres if you take the scenic waymarked routes. However, you can complete the hike on the plateau for a lesser time, but you would forego the sights you would experience. Some maps are available to choose on your hike and several shortcuts too. If you are up for it, you can extend your trek as well. Expect to have a challenging day on this hike with little to no breaks if you start on time. If the weather has not been kind to you, you can expect a huge challenge, so you must be prepared.
One of the amazing things you would witness when hiking the Comeragh Mountains is Coumshingaun. This is by far the most spectacular feature of the hike and no matter what you do, ensure you experience this to its fullest. The terrain is excellent and is an abundance of views and distractions to take in. Imagine the Irish Sea on one side and green ridges and ranges on the other – this is what is in store for you. The cliff here has a massive drop into the Irish Sea at 1150 feet. The plateau atop the mountain has a steep approach but is well and truly worth it. You would require some level of skill to scale the steep when the weather is terrible, but the experience is worth it – a dream for a hiker. Crotty’s Lough, The Gap and the Carrignogower are great places en route. The Gap is a weakness in the plateau and is rightly named. While the boggy weather here steers hikers away, with the right weather it is perhaps a reprieve when hiking the steeps.