The summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean an end to exploring and experiencing new adventures with a trip to Munster Vales. The stretch of olden routes and timeworn trails through the counties of Waterford, Tipperary, Cork and Limerick and across five mountain ranges is the perfect setting for you and your other half to enjoy an autumn break.
Portlaw Walking Trail
Start your Munster Vales experience with a trip to the beautiful county of Waterford and a visit to the scenic location of Portlaw Walking Trail. Along with scenery, history, ancient attractions and woodland paths, Portlaw has some of the best walking and hiking trails in Ireland.
Whether it’s a short urban walk to view the industrial heritage, an estate walk incorporating the medieval past or a woodland trek offering magnificent views along with early Christian architecture.
Make sure you visit Lough Gur in county Limerick. A magical and mysterious place that is rich in folklore along with a wealth of archaeology and history dating back to Stone Age. The Heritage Centre provides a fascinating interpretation of the sites associated with Lough Gur. Its includes an exhibition detailing over 6,000 years of history at Lough Gur, an archaeological dig, a Neolithic Pot and much more.
No trip through Munster Vales would be complete without stopping in Cork for a visit to Ballyhass Lakes. Visitors can discover up to 20 different outdoor activities set in acres of natural landscapes and watersport lakes including wakeboarding, kayaking and raft building.
Taste the Vales
Munster Vales recently launched its new food trails experience ‘Taste the Vales’ to give visitors and locals a real taste of what the Munster Vales region has to offer.
The Taste the Vales initiative is designed to bring together all that’s great about the Munster Vales food provision across the five mountain ranges in North Cork, East Limerick, South Tipperary and West Waterford. The trails incorporate the very best of food experiences, from dining out in country houses, discovering intimate cafés and enjoying a visit to a farm.
Where to Stay
Charleville Park Hotel
Charleville Park Hotel is renowned for its friendly welcome, delicious food and relaxed atmosphere. You can even enjoy a relaxing dip in their 25m pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Charleville Park Hotel in Co Cork from €42.50 per person sharing.
Clonmel Park Hotel
Bring the entire family this Halloween and stay two nights B&B (two adults and up to two kids sharing) in the Clonmel Park Hotel in Tipperary from €259.00 in total. Enjoy complimentary ‘Lenny the Lion’ Cine Club, use of the hotel’s leisure facilities and swimming pool, plus a free ice cream for all the kids.