As the evenings are getting longer and with the summer fast approaching, we want to share a series of hikes/walks where you can also enjoy a cool down dip at the end. Enjoy 😊
No. ☝🏼 is Coumshingaun lake tucked away in the breathtaking Comeragh mountains, this one is a must this summer! All the information you need to plan your trip below.
Location: Coumshingaun Lake tucked away in the breathtaking Comeragh Mountains is a 20-minute drive from the lovely Dungarvan, a 35-minute drive from Waterford city and a 30-minute drive from Clonmel (Tipperary).
Difficulty: Difficult in places, moderate fitness level required, come prepared with good shoes and appropriate clothing.
Time: short route takes 2 to 2.5 hours. If you want to take the long route, the 4-hour Coumshingaun Loop Walk provides the most rewarding experience & views.
Swim: Dont forget your swim gear as the lake provides the perfect cool down.
No. ✌🏼 in our series is Nohoval Cove (pronounced “No-val”) One of Cork’s best kept secrets nestled in the Southern Irish coastline.
Location: Nohoval Cove, Reaniesglen, Co. Cork. Park in the Large car park in the village of Nohoval. To get here turn left at the village of Belgooly on the Cork-Kinsale road on to R611. A right, a left, a right, a left will bring you to the village. All signposted.
Difficulty: Route is Easy.
Time: Roughly 1.5 hours roughly 4km, but take your time to take in the breathtaking views.
Swim: Take a dip in the sparkling sea in an inlet encased by cliffs and sea stacks.
No. 3 Lough Ouler or better known as the heart shaped lake 💙. If you’re ever in wicklow you have to check it out!
Location: You’ll find Lough Ouler in the Wicklow Mountains at the side of Tonelagee Mountain. It’s the 33rd highest mountain in Ireland and the 3rd highest peak in the Wicklow Mountains. Put Turlough Hill Car Park’ into Google Maps and hike from there. It also helps using maps to ensure you are walking in the direction of the lake, you cant see it until you make it to the top.
Difficulty: Moderate/ hard quite a steep incline and decline to the lake.
Time: Tonelagee hike route takes between 2 and 3 hours to complete, depending on how long you stop to take in the views. There’s also a Lough Ouler Loop that takes around 4.5 hours to complete.
Swim: Enjoy a secluded swim in irelands heart shaped lake.
No. 4 Lough Hyne. Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve and unique sea-water lake, Lough Hyne is one of the most beautiful spots in West Cork.
Location: You’ll find Lough Hyne in West Cork, a stone’s throw from Skibbereen (roughly 5km away) and 10 minutes from Baltimore. If you pop ‘Lough Hyne car park’ into Google Maps, it should take you straight there. Take the steep trail to Knockomagh Woods for breathtaking views.
Difficulty: Moderate- steep incline and decline but all mapped out and pathed to the top
Time: Roughly 1.5 hours depending how long you spend at the top
Swim: Enjoy a swim in the serene saltwater lake, Ireland’s first and only Marine Nature Reserve.