This September an innovative collaboration between the Comeraghs Mountain Forum and Storytelling Southeast will see the culture, heritage and outdoor activities associated with the Comeraghs celebrated by way of a festival.
The Comeragh Mountains
From the beating of the curlew’s wing to the beating of the bodhrán a visit to the Comeragh Mountains is a way of beating the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Just off the N25 between Waterford city and Dungarvan and only a few miles from the Atlantic ocean, the Comeragh Mountains are Ireland’s answer to the Lake District and Waterford’s very own 'Great Outdoors'.
A walkers’ paradise, this easy to access mountain range offers wonderful vistas across the county and down to the sea. Described by some as Ireland’s best kept secret, the Comeraghs offer everything from a dramatic waterfall down a cliff face to the mystery of the ‘magic road’ which runs through the gap of the range.
These mountains give visitors plenty to take in – from the dramatic scenery of the Nire valley to the spectacular Coomshingaun corrie lake. From delightful villages like Kilbrien and Rathgormack to the unique ecosystem of the moorland, the Comeragh Mountains have it all. The wonderful Mahon Falls is a must but everyone can find their own bit of heaven in the Comeraghs.
The choice is infinite for walkers: climbing Knocksheegowna and walking along Knockanafrinn ridge, wandering through quiet forests, discovering trails where it appears no one has walked for thousands of years – or staying on the beaten path and ambling along signposted looped walks…
The wonderfully named Knockaunapeebra (in Irish it's Cnocán an Phíopaire: The Hill of the Piper) stands at 726m, with two distinctive cairns at the top.
Cyclists can experience the thrill of pedalling the hills and valleys where world-famous cyclist Sean Kelly’s bike once flashed over the cobbles or for those who want to pedal more serenely there are plenty of car-free roads too.
There’s a signposted driving route (The Comeragh Drive…what else!) for those who want a leisurely way of experiencing the force that is the Comeraghs