A treasure trove of coums and lakes, the Nire Valley is a fantastic walking area. The Coumduala Loop is the most difficult and longest of the valley’s walks.
Taking four hours to complete, the trail starts at the Nire Valley car park near Ballymacarbry village.
Strenuous in grade, this 7.9km loop follows sand road, roadway, track and mountain terrain. You’ll follow the route towards the picturesque lower slopes of the Comeragh Mountains, The Gap and on to the loop’s highest point on the slopes of Knockanaffrin. The trail then descends across yet more pleasant mountain terrain to a mountain track, back to the trailhead.
After the loop, stop by Ballymacarbry village for a rewarding cup of tea.
- On this trail you’ll see Coum Lara, a pictorial hollow with no lake, as well as stunning panoramas from The Gap of the surrounding counties.
- The trail also leads you up part of Knockanaffrin Ridge to a spectacular viewing platform overlooking Coumduala. On a clear day you’ll even see the peak of beautiful Slievenamon.