Coumshingaun Loop – is a moderate 4 – 4.5 hour walking path around the magnificent natural amphitheater around Lake Coumshingaun Corrie (or Goumshingaun Lough) in County Waterford. (8 km – with access to the lake after descending from the mountains)
The area is very popular for both hikers and climbers, We started our trip from the parking lot at “Kilclooney Wood” (by the road number R676) the trail starts very gently, unfortunately the trail itself as most of the trails in Ireland is not marked and even many places you do not even see the path to follow.
I started my climb from the northern cliff – now I can confidently say that it was a good choice because of the “corner” – in which you have to overcome the almost vertical wall (definitely not for children)
After crossing this cliff the route is quite easy (even very) flat with beautiful views, which as always are worth the effort!
Descent on the southern cliff is a bit easier, which does not mean easy – lack of any path at times but better than expected. After leaving the mountains, we still had some time so we decided to go to the shores of Lake Coumshingaun Corrie.
I completed 8.09 km according to Endomondo (fitness app) and it took 4.42 hours .At the highest point it is 792 m above sea level. In contrast, the cliffs themselves reach up to 365 meters vertically, truly unforgettable views.
In my opinion, a trip worth the effort!