Nire Valley

In my second Comeragh post, I shared photographs of the road that crosses the mountains from Clonmel to Ballymacarbry. It is how we are going to drive ( or walk) to the Nire Valley.

I have never hiked in this area, but I know that there are several trails and loops, and beautiful lakes. An annual Nire Valley Walking Festival page might help you make your choice, and there is an information board at the car park from where I took most of pictures for this blog. Some of the trails start from the car park, but if you want to start with a hike to Coumfea and Coumalocha, and see a beautiful stream falling from the Coumfea Plateau,  you have to walk back to this gate and start from here.

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nire valley

In the picture below, car park is on your left, and several trails start here.  If you hike up the hill to the left, you will reach the south slope of beautiful Knockanaffrin ( the pyramid-shaped mountain in my previous post), and if you turn to the right, at least four spectacular glacial lakes – coums are waiting for you. These coums were formed during the Ice Age. I don’t know if I ever hike to see Nire lakes – the shortest trail will take 4-5 hours roundtrip, and I don’t know if I am ready for that, but you can visit Get Lost Mountaineering blog to have an idea. It features both ridges – Knockanaffrin and Coumfea.

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Curraghduff with Fauscoum in background. You don’t necessarily have to start your hike from the Nire Valley side to get here. There is a track that starts on the other side, over the Gap of the Knockanaffrin Ridge ( featured in my second Comeragh blog). All the trails vary from 5 to 25km. Some loops may require an overnight camping in the mountains. There are also cliffs and gullies for the experienced mountain climbers.

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Nire Valley photographs taken over the years.

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Nire Valley

Ruins of the old farm and spectacular stone wall attract photographers.

I am glad that you visited this beautiful part of Comeragh mountains. I know that I failed to take you to the Nire Lakes, but I have visited some other mountain lakes, and hope to share them with you in my future posts. This time we didn’t hike, but please be fit for the next weekend’s  two mile long round trip, some climbing, and magic 🙂

inesemjphotography Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Inese, this is one of my favorite posts from you!! I loved the walk, including the old farm. How nice that you included photos of the area you had taken in years past, which makes for such a spectacular post! Loved it all. And the animals too!

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  2. Very nice impression from your hike, Inese. Great atmosphere in your captures as always. I can understand you wanting to see people around you when go our on your own. But like Jo said, it’s good to be able to offer a choice of lengths. Wishing you a great Sunday. x

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  3. After a rough week and the promise of more rough days to come, this walk through the Nire Valley was just what I needed. I could feel the sun and breathe in the wildflowers, damp grass, sheep, woodsmoke–all of it. Thanks, Dear Friend. 🙂 xxxxx

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  4. The beauty of Ireland is something I would enjoy seeing one day, Inese. I liked the sheep walking right up to you. This looked like a young one!
    I enjoy the pop of yellow in the countryside photo.
    The last photo of the stone wall with vines was stunning with the sepia brown and cream. It was perfectly framed. 🙂

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  5. Again so very beautiful landscapes – oh, and the b/w photos are just magnificent and give the landscapes such a different mood! And – as you know – you couldn’t make me happier with all those lovely sheep!!! 🙂 Have a very beautiful Sunday and a wonderful week, Inese! xxxxxxxxxx

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  6. Good morning…Like the sap rising in the spring time, I can feel stirrings in my blood and soul to get my hiking boots back on….come to Ireland and start walking…This is what your blog has done for me. Superb photographs…I thank you so much and hope you are enjoying a glorious weekend….janet. xx

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    1. Good morning, Janet, thank you for joining the hike. This is a lovely corner of Comeragh mountains, and I am glad you can stand there and look around, and feel a joy of living on Earth. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! xx

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    1. Jean, I don’t have a hiking companion anymore, and I am afraid to hike alone. I only hike in the places where I can see other people in the distance, and they can see me 🙂 I went to the Nire car park three times, and every time it was empty. I guess that majority of hikers come here only for the Nire Walk once a year. I am planning to go to the Coumshingaun lake because I see that there are always cars in the car park 🙂 I went to the lake in 2013 but lost all my pictures in a horrible hard drive crash. xx

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  7. I like the beautiful photos, Inese. You’ve captured the area very well. I want to climb into the picture and begin walking about. Incidentally, I lhe place names in your part of the world. I don’t know what a naffrin is, but now I can’t help wondering why someone would want to knock one.

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    1. Bun, I just love all these names – they sound like music to me. There are many Knock names in Ireland because Knock means Hill 🙂 Soon I will do a blog about Knockmealdown mountains that are standing right next to the Comeraghs. As to Naffrin, I am not sure, but I know that another name for Knockanaffrin is A Hill of the Mass – Cnoc an Aifrinn 😉

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  8. I’d love to hike in this stunning area, although 4-5 hours of it would probably be more than my knees could tolerate. They’d undoubtedly rebel after the first two. The old farm buildings and stone walls must hold such history, as does the land itself. We’ll make a point of getting into the Nire Valley when we come over there. The black and white images are wonderful and portray the ageless atmosphere of the area perfectly. 🙂

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    1. Millie, when you are ready to visit the Nire Valley, I will give you directions. If you stay in Cashel or Fethard, you will have to go to Clonmel first, and there is also a lot to see, so plan for a day trip. 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Inese! We do plan to be in the Cashel area, but we haven’t booked yet. We’re thinking it will be September, not August as we originally thought. Too many other things have turned up for August. It was early September last time we came and the weather was lovely – no rain all week!

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  9. I will eat my spinach so I could be ready for our 2 mile hiking trip next weekend! If my bones appear a bit green, then you’ll know that I’ve eaten my vegetables. Breathtaking shots, Lady Inese. I love how you ended your post with black and white photos which added to the antiquity of the ruins. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Derrick. I have never left the road for this one. May be in the future. They have those annual festivals and I would walk in a group with a guide. The mountains may look close, but in fact this is a two hour trip just to reach the lakes.

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  10. Very joyful views from your guide. I do like a little surprise from wide view scenes and then a sudden see that close up cute sheep looking right at you. A lovely surprise. I think the whole place attracts photographers. Looking to the next trip and magic.

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  11. Another delightful trip. You sure know how to take photographs. The young sheep adorable and the ruins always hearken me with its calling of yesteryear almost like I have been there before. I liked the tree that looked wind bent which added character to the landscape.

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    1. Thank you Joseph! That tree does look peculiar. I wonder if it was broken once, or it is wind bent. It does add drama. And can you believe – most of my Comeragh photographs were taken in complete serenity without a soul in sight.

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  12. Your post are akin to a fine magazine…they really should be a magazine available within the waiting room, or for purchase in newsagents and railway stations, and in this instance to take a toothache suffer to a better place. I look forward to then that much (true).

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    1. Wow, what a great comment from Mike Steeden. A magazine with your words and photographs would certainly make waiting at the dentist or doctors less painful. Even 15 minutes of reading medical magazines seems like an hour! Love the black and white photographs, the rock wall looks more intense in black and white. Gorgeous. P.S. Please send lamb…I need her for a pet, she is the sweetest.

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  13. Dear Inese, thank you for this lovely, relaxing drive through the country. The photos, of course, are gorgeous. That happy little lamb is a treasure. Who could see that face and not smile? And the rich yellows and greens… you know how I love colors. Such a treat. Wishing you a wonder-filled, hug-filled weekend. ❤ 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Teagan! Green and yellow are the colors of early spring in Ireland. In February – March the hills are yellow, in May they are pink, and in the middle of summer purple.
      Have a wonderful weekend, hope all is well ❤

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  14. It’s nice to be able to offer a choice of lengths, isn’t it? Not everyone can hike longer distances but might still want to share the joy of being outdoors.
    Another lovely post, Inese. 🙂 If you’re walking next week I’d like to include it in my Monday walks, if that’s ok with you?

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Next friday I will post another Comeragh story. I didn’t hike the Nire Valley. I am not familiar with the trail, and it is too difficult for me, but my next blog is about a more accessible place.

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