Walking and Hillwalking in South East Ireland

Mount Leinster viewed from Shannon's Path in the Blackstairs

The hill walks are best described in Joss Lynam's books "Hill walking in Ireland" and "Walking in the Blackstairs" Both books are available to visitors to the Coachouse.
The two main ranges of hills in the region are the Blackstairs and the Coomeraghs. Other walks include Mount Brandon and the long distance walks of the South Leinster Way and the Wexford Costal path, these longer walks can be taken in short sections.

Gateway on Shannon's path

Gateway on Shannon's Path in the Blackstairs Mountains
sunlit hilltop

Sunlit summit in the Blackstairs
horses at Scullamore Gap

Horses at Scullamore Gap, County Weford

The start of Shannon's path

Some views of the Blackstairs Mountains

 

The Blackstairs Mountains
The Blackstairs are a granite ridge running from north to south between the counties Carlow and Wexford and are only 15 minutes drive from the Coachouse. The ridge starts in the north with Mount Leinster (2,500ft.) stunning views are to be found all along its length. Walks to suit all tastes and capabilities are there. Ten different walks are detailed in the book "Walking in the Blackstairs".

The Coomeragh Mountains
A picturesque range featuring waterfalls, lakes and excellent scenery. The Coomeraghs lie between counties Waterford and Kilkenny are about 1 hour's drive away from the Coachouse.

Mount Brandon
In full view from the kitchen window of the Coachouse, Mount Brandon is only 10 minutes drive. Its summit offers excellent views of Graiguenamanagh nestling in the valley below and Panoramas of Counties Wexford, Carlow and Waterford. On a clear day the Wicklow Mountains can be seen to the North.

South Leinster Way
The South Leinster Way is a long distance walking route, part of the National Walking Route. It runs from Kildavin in County Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary and is 64 miles (102Km) long. It can be walked in sections and those close to the Coachouse include Borris to Graiguenamanagh and Graiguenamanagh to Inistogue. The guide book is available at the Coachouse to visitors.

The Wexford Costal Path
This long distance walk stretches from Ballyhack (20 minutes drive from the Coachouse) to Kilmichael point north of Courtown, covering the full extent of the beautiful Wexford Coast.

The area local to the Coachouse also offers many other, gentler yet beautiful walks. Along rivers and canals at Graiguenamanagh St. Mullins and Inistoge. Through forests and parkland around Inistoge and along the golden beaches and breath-taking coastline of County Wexford. This is a walker's paradise and it is an excellent way to generate a thirst to to be quenched in one of the many excellent pubs in the area.

This link gives details of the long distance walk along the Barrow canal

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