If like me, you aren’t the fittest of people but you love going for a walk of a Sunday or stretching your legs on your day off, then you need to check out the walking trails that the Glen of Aherlow in beautiful Tipperary has to offer.
The Glen of Aherlow sits at the base of the Galtee Mountains just 10 minutes outside Tipperary town. Not only will you get stunning views from this area of the Galtee Mountains, you will also find so many walking routes from an easy half an hour walk through the woods to more challenging walks (but still pretty do able) up Slieve na Muck.
My favourite walk is from Christ the king at the look out point up to the Rock of Thorabh (The rock of the Bull) which looks down over Tipperary Town. This loop walk takes approximately 1.5 hours and is mostly on the forestry tracks. Follow the red arrows as you enter the forest at Christ the King. A small section of it takes you out onto the main road but it’s not that busy. The Millenium Stone loop walk also starts from this point but you are following the blue arrows. This is a 9km walk and takes about three hours. The scenery on this particular walk is also breathtaking and is perfect for a brisk morning walk. The Bianconi Loop walk starts from here also and is a leisurely 4km walk down through the nature park to the left of the Christ the King. This brings you up towards Aherlow house Hotel (a stop off maybe for a cup of tea and compulsory cake) and then right up the tarmaced path until you rejoin the forest again.
There are a approximately 7 looped walks in the Glen of Aherlow and you will find all the maps and directions on the Glen of Aherlow website. There are also some amazing walks and treks on the nearby Galtee Mountain range. Two lake walks will bring you up to Lough Curra and Lough Muskry. These are slightly more challenging walks and of course for the more experienced treker there is always Galtee Mór to climb. There is a local guide here that will take you on any of these walks. Mike Moroney can be contacted through the Aherlow Failte office in the Glen.
Aherlow walking club holds two walking festivals every year. The summer walking festival- usually at the June bank holiday weekend and another winter festival-usually in February.
There is plenty of accommodation nearby if you wanted to take a few nights in the area. Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort is a ten minute drive from the Glen and offers some fantastic rates, especially in the low season. Aherlow House Hotel is situated in the Glen itself and there is also a fabulous Camping park in the Glen.
There are so many walking trails in this beautiful country of ours so the next time you have a day free, get out there! Rain, hail or shine you will feel the better for it! Let us know about your favourite walking trail or trek and we will share it on our facebook page. I have attached all the helpful links below if you decide to take a trip to the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and as always- Happy Galavanting xx