Galtee Mountains Loop, Glen of Aherlow, Munster Vales, Tipperary, Irelands Ancient East

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: March 15, 2017
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Tipperary
  • Distance11 miles
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0 mph
  • Min altitude377 ft
  • Peak2,933 ft
  • Climb3,104 ft
  • Descent3,100 ft

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The GALTEE Mountain North Horseshoe Walk is a strenuous 13.5km (5.5 hr) loop walk to the popular and scenic peak of Galteemore Mountain (919m) located on the border between Tipperary and Limerick in an area known as the Munster Vales, it is the highest mountain in both counties and one of the best mountain walks in Ireland. The loop walking route takes in the mountains of Slievecushnabinnia (766m), Galtymore (919m), Galtybeg (799m) and Cush (639m) in that order, beginning with a lung busting 650m climb in only 4km. Take this scenic walking route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

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Galtee Mountains, Cork Tipperary, Munster Vales, Irelands Ancient East Photo John FinnThe walk starts from a small car park down a county lane in the scenic and peaceful Glen of Aherlow near the village of Lisvarrinane. Once an important route between Limerick and Tipperary in the distant past, the Glen of Aherlow is now a lush quiet country valley between the rising majestic Galtee Mountains to the south, the low wooded slopes of the Slievenamuck mountains to the north and the villages of Bansha and Galbally at either end.

Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary, Munster Vales, Irelands Ancient East Photo by Irishfireside
Although the route is relatively easy to navigate, a guided hike is recommended to ensure you hear all the local stories and Irish mythology surrounding Ireland’s highest inland mountain. Your local walking guide will navigate the best route, tell local stories, point out the stunning views on offer and the best place for refreshments after. Bring a packed lunch to the summit and if the weather is good, you can see all the way to Torc Mountain in Killarney, Co. Kerry exactly 100km away and the summer hunting grounds of the Fianna, of Irish Mythology.
From the summit, your view includes the Slievenamuck mountain ridge to the north, the interesting and well preserved Galtee Wall built in the 1800's, the ancient summit cairn and Iron Cross and not forgetting the stunning 360 degree views of the Munster Vales which stretch out for miles. Slievenamuck (Mountain of the Pig) gets its name from the story of when the hero Fionn MacChumhaill gave chase and speared a rampaging sow on these hills. It is also said that Diarmuid and Gráinne made love on the ancient Slievenamuck Megalithic Tomb after they fled from Fionn, who was to marry Gráinne after she won a race to the top of the nearby Slievenamon Mountain.

You should always plan any mountain adventure by checking the weather, sunrise sunset times and our hiking checklist Please remember that you are only as fast as the slowest member of your group! If the weather is poor don't be afraid to cancel your walk and do some other walk, maybe a low level loop walk in the Glen of Aherlow. .

Use our Map of Ireland and Sat Nav tool to get directions to the start point and our detailed maps and GPS on our ActiveME iPhone App and Android App to find and follow the walking route live on screen and keep on track. At all times, our maps and App should only be used in conjunction with proper map and compass navigation techniques.