Why Munster Vales is the perfect summer retreat
Looking for a place to visit this summer? Well, it’s nothing but Münster Veil. An incredible 1,100km old route and ancient trail through the counties of Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, and Limerick.
Whether you’re looking for adventure activities or exploring the great outdoors, Munster Vales has plenty of activities and sites for everyone. There is also a unique “Taste the Bales” food trail that connects providers with the wonderful variety of local food producers in Münster Vales. So no matter what kind of food we have, we will cover you!
You should plan your visit for a few days or more so that you can fully experience everything the area offers. First, we selected six highlights to find out what you can experience when visiting the area.
So let’s get started!
1. Incredible mountains
If you are a couple or solo traveler who loves hiking and exploring the great outdoors, Münster Vales should be on your bucket list. You can hike to the five highest points of Münstervale, including the Komelag, Knockmealdown, Garty, Barry Hora, and Neagle Mountains. The Ballyhoura Mountains are Ireland’s adventure center, home to 52 km of the country’s largest mountain bike trail. Located north of Koch County, Nagles has everything from nature trails and heritage to breathtaking views. ..
2. St. Declan’s Way
The St. Declansway is a 115km pilgrim walking route from St. Declan Monastery in Ardmore, Waterford to the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. It follows the route Declan took when he went to Cashel to meet St. Patrick in the 5th century. The route ends at the location of the early Christian monastery in Ardmore, where there is a magnificent round tower where St. Declan built the monastery. With over 50 heritage sites along or near the trail route, it’s an ideal activity to learn about the history of the region.
3. Liscarol Donkey Sanctuary
You will definitely love your visit to Cork’s Liscarroll Dunkey Sanctuary. Here you can book time at the open farm and see how the foal’s lockdown rocky is progressing. Since the establishment of the sanctuary, more than 5,200 donkeys have been cared for from all over Ireland. On the other hand, there are more than 100 donkeys on Noccard Bain Farm. There is also a visitor center and picnic area on site so you can relax and enjoy your meal during your stay.
4. Donna Rail Wildlife Park
Cork also has the magnificent Donalail Wildlife Park north of Mallow. This beautifully walled park spans more than 400 acres and is bisected by the Aubegg River. Explore stunning gardens, vast green spaces, orchards of ancient trees, rivers and lakes. There is almost no doubt that you will find plenty of wildlife and plants, not just deer and cow herds. This is definitely a must-see for nature lovers and a great place to travel the Barry Hora region.
5. Lough Gur
Limerick’s Lough Gur is a shallow lake with a depth of 3.5 meters. Visiting iconic sites will take you on a walk to Ireland’s oldest monuments and historic sites. The visitor center exhibition introduces one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites and is the only region in the country where visible evidence of all ages can be seen since the Neolithic era. Visitors will also learn about Lough Gur’s rich heritage through interactive multimedia exhibits that bring to life more than 6,000 years of archeology and history.
6. Ormond Castle
Those who want to learn about history will want to visit Ormond Castle in Tipperary, one of the best examples of the Elizabethan Manor House in Ireland. Earl of Ormond’s 10th Thomas was built in 1565 in honor of his distant cousin, Queen Elizabeth. The magnificent hall, which stretches almost the entire length of the building, is decorated with the best plastering plasterers in the country. Audiovisual and technical installations bring the castle’s fascinating history to life while exploring the Long Gallery and Earl’s Chamber. Admission is free, but advance reservations are recommended.
These are just a few of the many highlights you can experience on your visit to Münstervale. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of where to start when planning a visit, but we will post again soon with more suggestions for activities and sites.