The Galtee Mountains
The aptly named Galtee Mountains, Mountains of the Forests, form part of the Glen of Aherlow's natural border. The entrance location of its centrepiece, the Glen of Aherlow Nature Park, is close to the Christ the King statue and adjacent to the car park.
This statue of Christ the King, with its upraised hand blessing the glen and all who pass by, has been part of the local scenery since 1950. Close to the entrance is a map board displaying the routes of the woodland, Bianconi and Ballinacourty Loop walking trails. The Glen of Aherlow Nature Park is ideal for families to take a peaceful woodland ramble in and to view plants, flowers and the natural habitat of foxes, squirrels and birds.
Explore the ruins of Lenihan's cottage, a typical small farmer or labourer's dwelling, which dates back to famine times, or the restored stone bridge on the old Bianconi road. Take some time to read the tranquil poems, the work of local writers, or to just listen to the woodland sounds and bird song.
The Galtee Mountains have long been known as a walkers paradise and the Glen of Aherlow has a variety of mapped walking routes across forest tracks and open moorland, visit corrie lakes enjoy mountain scenery and spectacular landscape. The Glen of Aherlow has eight looped walks on Slievenamuck and two linear walks in the Galtee Mountains.
Five of the eight looped walks start at the Christ the King Trail Head while the remaining
three start from Lisvarinane Village Trail Head.
Christ The King Trail Head:
Rock an Thorabh Loop Walk: 6km - 2.5 hours (Moderate Walk)
Millennium Stone Loop Walk; 2.5km – 2 ½ / 3 hours (Moderate Walk)
Woodland Loop Walk: 2km – 30min/1 hour (Easy Walk)
Bianconi Loop Walk: 4km. – 1 ½ hrs (Easy Walk)
Ballinacourty Loop Walk: 10kim. 2/3 hours (Moderate Walk)
Lisvarinane Trail Head:
Carroll's Loop Walk: 5km. - 1.½ hrs (Easy Walk)
Padraig's Loop Walk : 7km. - 2 / 2½hrs (Easy Walk)
Dolmen Loop Walk: 10km. -3 /3½hrs (Moderate Walk)
For further information on these walks and others in the area please contact
Glen of Aherlow Failte Society
Glen of Aherlow
Glengarra Woods, on the southern slopes of the Galtees, has two looped walks to choose from – the Red Loop and the Millennium (Green) Trail.
Following the path of the Red Loop, the first section of this trail on the south slopes of the Galtee Mountains is sheltered under a high and dense canopy and passes outstanding mature yew trees, while the second part is through mature conifers. Many of the fine old broadleaf trees are tagged and named to help with recognition. The Red Loop is very popular with children – it crosses the Burncourt River and the trees are tagged and named. Bring a picnic and make a day out of it!
The Millennium (Green) Trail provides a moderate challenge for walkers. On forest track and path, this trail includes a great variety of trees, shrubs and wildlife with a number of viewing points giving great views out across the lowlands to the Knockmealdown Mountains as it takes you along the Burncourt River and through the Millennium Forest.
You will be amazed at the fantastic variety of trees, largely owing to its historical links to the former Shanbally Estate and the stunning views. Glengarra was part of an area granted by Charles 1 to Sir Richard Everard in 1640. In the Cromwellian wars that followed Sir Richard espoused the royalist cause, which resulted in the confiscation of the property and its transfer to the Lismore family who held the lands until 1940. The remains of Shanbally castle can be found beside the road between Burncourt and Clogheen.
Distance of walk: 2km (Red Loop) & 7km (Millennium Trail)
Estimated Time: Red Loop: 30 mins; Green Loop : 2 – 2.5 hours