Lough Curra – This is our next (probably 3) hike in the Galtee Mountains, which we describe on our website. This time by far the longest, most demanding, but also the most interesting.
But let us start from the beginning:
Our route led to the Galtee Mountains from the north. To get to the Galtymore North parking lot from which we started our journey, follow the R633 road from Galbally to the east towards Aherlow, after 7 kilometres turn right, and after another kilometre turn left, and then after 1 km turn right again onto the path to the parking lot in the forest – it’s a bit complicated, but you can always write to us, and we’ll be happy to give you better data.
Initially, our trail led through the forest and it was a small hill, and even the area was flat. Only after leaving the forest the first hill begins, on which we turned south towards our first destination “Lough Curra” (we were already there a few years ago).
At this wonderful lake it is nice to rest and regenerate before the next stage, which will surely give everyone a good impression. After this aging we go a short walk on the right side of the lake (from a distance the path is invisible but believe us – it is there). This will lead us to the first climb to the mountain ridge, it is grassy, but steep (we do not recommend it for people with fear of heights).
Then (definitely after catching breath) turn left and start the approach to the first and highest Galtymore peak, which is 917.9 meters which makes it the highest peak in this mountain massif, here it is worth enjoy a longer rest and admire the stunning views of East and North of Tipperary County, and of Limerick County to the south and west.
Then we go down the east ridge to the east, below you will see another lake “Lough Diheen” and start a small climb to the next peak Galtybeg, which is 799.2 meters.
We descend to the north and on the right, we can admire the third lake “Lough Muskry” and immediately after descending we start another ascent to the last Cush peak – 641.2 meters. Here at the top it is worth looking for a small metal box attached to the rock, and in it there is a notebook that you can enter. It is also worth turning back and admiring almost the entire route you have behind you (makes an impression!). Now all we must do is descend from the mountain and reach the parking lot, but all the time in beautiful scenery.
This great trip is 13.7 kilometres and it is worth spending 6 or more hours on it, the route is rather demanding, so it is better to prepare yourself for it.
but it is really WORTH going.