The Galtee Mountains are located on the border of Cork, Tipperary and Limerick. They’re pretty much the halfway mark between my home and Noelle’s, we’ve passed them so many times driving up and down to each other, we thought we’d go in for a closer look. With the weather as hot as it was, we waited until late afternoon to begin our climb, the bonus being we would catch sunset from the top.
We started from the Black Road, which is accessible from the N8 Dublin to Cork road, just outside the small village of Skeheenarinky. There’ s a small car park which marks the trail head. From here, it’s an easy walk along a wide path, you can see Galtee Mor (3,015ft/918m) ahead and just to the right of it is Galtee Beag (2,6,21ft/799m). Continuing up the trail, counting sheep as you go, there are terrific views out over the countryside to your left.
After a while you will reach a stone cairn on your left hand side, where the trail splits in two. Take a left here and follow the stoney path. Around here the ground becomes quite soft and boggy underfoot, so take care. You should be walking towards the col between Galtymore and Galtybeg.
Once you reach the low-point between the two peaks you can take a right to go up to the top of Galtee Beag or take a left to the summit of Galtee Mor, Ireland’s fourteenth highest mountain. It’s a steep ascent to the top with spectacular views overlooking the Borheen Lough below. Be cautious at this section of the climb as there is a sheer drop off the edge, to the right of the path.
Once you reach the top, you can see for miles around. Three counties are visible from here; Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. It’s not that difficult of a climb to get to the summit and it’s well worth the effort. Along the ridge at the top there is a white celtic cross and a stone cairn which marks the summit. This is the spot to break out the sandwiches and relax after your walk up and take in the views before backtracking to the car park. If you climb in the late afternoon as we did, you might get lucky and catch the sunset, a definite bonus!
Note: Some of these photos were taken with our iPod, hence the poor quality. We were snap-happy on the way up, thinking we had plenty of battery power but we didn’t have our spare batteries charged!
Brian is a travel writer, photographer, blogger, travel addict and adventure-junkie. Being outdoors, getting off the beaten track and outside his comfort zone is what makes him tick. Brian’s the dreamer in the relationship; when he’s not travelling, he’s dreaming about it! Keeping fit, cooking, music and red wine take up the rest of his time.
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On a clear day, is it possible to see the ocean from any perspective in the Galtee Mountains?
Great blog by the way, travels are amazing!!!!
I was wondering had you ever climbed Lugnaquilla? If you have, any tips? I am heading there this weekend. I am also hoping to do Carrauntoohill in the next couple of weeks.
Thanks so much! We’ve never climbed Lugnaquilla – we were going to when we were last home in May but we went to Coumshingaun in Waterford instead as it was less of a drive, so it’s still on our hit list! You’ve probably already done it now – sorry for the late response! How was it?
We do have a post on climbing Carrauntoohil if you haven’t already seen it!
Happy trails! 🙂
Is it necessary to have a hiking map to summit Galtymore or is it well marked? How is the weather near the summit in March?
The trail to Galtymore is not very well marked so it would be a good idea to have a look at a map online to get a general idea before you hike. It is fairly easy to find the way though so I wouldn’t say a hiking map is necessary. I’m not too sure what the weather will be like at the summit in March as the weather in Ireland is very changeable and you can get four seasons in one day! Have a look at the weather forecast a day or two before you plan to hike to get a better idea and be prepared for the four seasons with extra layers and wet gear just in case!
Wow! great photos!! places are so enjoyable. I cant wait to go there. really Ireland is a very excellent country! Thanks for sharing. your excellent experience.
Thanks Sally. When the sun is shining, Ireland is definitely one of the most beautiful places to be! 🙂