Comeragh Mountains…a real hidden gem…..

Despite the high tech boom and the influx of factories and industry, most of Ireland remains agricultural with an emphasis on dairy farming. The area loosely referred to as the ‘Golden Vale’ stretches from the valleys of the River Suir and takes in Mitchelstown in County Cork, the valleys of the river Blackwater and parts of Limerick. Over them’ however, the Galtee, Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains offer protection from the elements as well as romantic spots for hiking and pony trekking on your tour of Ireland.

A bit off the tourist beat,as many of Ireland Luxury Tours destinations are, this region offers a real peek into the heart of Ireland’s cultural and economic heartlands, and is well worth the detour on your tour of Ireland. Blessed with rich and fertile soil, it was in this area tenant farmers rose up against Anglo-Irish landlords, and the Land League movement of the 1880’s fought some of its greatest battles. Pony trekking tours begin from the little village of Ballmacarbarry into the Comeragh Mountains whose peaks, at more than 750m, are the highest in County Waterford, extending southwards towards Dungarvon to become the Monavullagh Mountains.