July 1st -3rd 2022 Cost: €325pps, Hilltoptreks Members: €295pps.
Single room supplement: €95 Pickup: Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:00am and Balally, Dundrum at 09:30am. Cost is €30 return.
If you are making your own way, meet in Cahir for 12:30. Deposit: €75 required at the time of booking.
This Galtee Mountain range sit in the South East of Ireland close the towns of Cahir and Cashel.
It is a wonderfuly scenic part of Ireland with a great variety of walks from forest loop trails to more demanding mountain treks.
The Galtees straddle across the borders of Tipperary, Limerick and Cork. The highest point is called Galtymore at 919m.
The town of Cahir, where we will be staying, gets its name from the Irish for stone ring fort and today is one of Ireland’s finest castles standing here on the river Suir.
The castle is in the care of the OPW and is well worth a visit and a guided tour. As with much of this area in the South east of Ireland, the Butler family (Kilkenny Castle) had a great influence, being the first Barons of Cahir and owned Cahir castle. The Quakers also had a major influence later in the 1800s particularly in the milling industries and there is also a beautiful Swiss cottage you can visit just outside the town.
Cahir town, Galtees, Swiss cottage, Lisvarrinane – Dolmen loop – Glen of Aherlow, Walk on Slievenamon (Sliabh na mBan).
2 nights BB in Cahir House Hotel in Cahir
1 Evening meal
3 Guided walks with qualified guides.
Transport from Dublin.
From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 09:00am and Dundrum at 09:30am
If you are making your own way down we will meet you in our hotel in Cahir at 12:30
New Flexible Cancellation Policy:
If the tour is cancelled or you can’t do the tour due to the any COVID19 travel restrictions. You will get a full refund or we can postpone to another more suitable date, otherwise policy is as below.
A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 7 Days in advance, or in case of no-show.
A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 14 Days in advance.
No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 2 weeks or more in advance.
Itinerary: Walking Weekend in Tipperary
Day 1) Transfer from Dublin to Cahir – walk to Swiss Cottage.
In the morning we will leave Dublin and make our way to Cahir. There will be a stop along the way for coffee and restrooms. When we reach the Cahir House Hotel where we are staying. We can leave our bags here before we begin our walk along the River Suir towards the Swiss Cottage. Our hotel is in the heart of this historical town, and you have a great range of shops, restaurants and pubs within a few steps.
The Swiss Cottage: We start this short walk from the Hotel and towards Cahir Castle. Then its into the local park and fairy forest walk along side the Suir River. We can take our time on this walk to really enjoy this tail.
Afterwards we will return to Cahir to enjoy dinner together and check out the nightlife in this lively town and perhaps enjoy some music in one of its traditional pubs. There may also be some time to visit Cahir Castle.
Day 2) Lisvarrinane Dolmen loop walk, – Glen of Aherlow
This morning after breakfast we travel towards the small town of Lisvarrinane in the Glen of Aherlow, Galtees.
Our walk here starts at Moroney’s Pub in Lisvarrainane. The trail follows some national marked routes through some woodland and the Ballyhoura way towards the old road to Galbally onto Monour Mountain. From here we ascend to the summit of Slievenamuck with it’s megalithic tomb “Shrough Dolmen”. From the summit you will have superb views of the Golden Vale, Glen of Aherlow and the Ballyhoura range. We make our descent along another route taking the Ballyhoura way again back towards the village.
Grade: moderate Length 11km, Duration: 2.5 – 3hrs, Ascent: 320m, Terrain: Forest trails and open mountain tracks.
Afterwards we can travel somewhere to enjoy a coffee before we make our way back to Cahir.
Day 3) Walk Slievenamon, – Sliabh na mBan (Mountain of the Women)
Slievenamon Mountain, Tipperary.
This morning after breakfast we pack up and book out of the Hotel. Then we travel towards the small town of Kilsheelan in Tipperary.
Slievenamon 774m, sits out on its own and is a fairly easy short walk but is an ascent from the bottom to its summit. It is a a linear walk and you come back down the same route.
Local Folklore and where the Mountain gets it’s name: According to the legend, the hero Fionn mac Cumhaill (pronounced, cool) was sought after by many young women, (I know the feeling). Fionn stood on top of the mountain and declared that whichever woman won a footrace to the top would be his wife. Since Fionn and Gráinne were in love, he had shown her a short-cut and she duly won the race. There is also a cairn or burial tomb on the top, which was believed by Celts to be a portal to the “underworld”.
Afterwards we can travel somewhere to enjoy a coffee together before making our way back to Dublin.
What to Bring
What to bring along for the Walking Weekend in Tipperary.
N.B. Ireland’s climate is of a moderate type and suited to walking all year round. Although it is quite changeable so starting a walk on a fine clear morning may not be the case for the afternoon.
Hill walking Boots
Rucksack for walks (25L)
Walking Trousers (Not Jeans)
Waterproofs (Just in Case)
Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
About the walks and fitness levels:
All the walks are taken at a pace to suit the group.
The groups can have a mixed level of fitness and age usually.
If the weather is to bad on a certain day to do the suggested walk, then the guide will suggest an alternative one.
The Guide will have the final say on the day of the chosen walk for the safety of the group.
The Accommodation: Cahir House Hotel
• All bedrooms are en-suite with bath & shower, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board and hairdryer.
• A comfortable lounge area, fine dining restaurant with seasonal & locally sourced food produce..
• There are live music sessions in the bars close by every weekend.
• The Hotel is very central in the town and was the old home of the Butler family.
1 evening meal is included as part of the tour
Breakfasts are included and there is a wide selection to choose from including a Full Irish, fruit, cereals etc.
Lunches for the walks: We will stop in the mornings at Delis or shops to get these.
Cost: €325pps, Hilltoptreks Members: €295pps,
Single room supplement: €95 Deposit: €75 required at the time of booking. Pickup: Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:00am and Balally Dundrum at 09:30am.
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