The Knockmealdowns

by Wayne Brown August. 03, 2020 110 views
A ruined cottage high up on the roof of County Waterford in the middle of the Knockmealdown Moutains

A ruined cottage high up on the roof of County Waterford in the middle of the Knockmealdown Moutains

The Knockmealdown Mountains is a mountain range located on the border of counties Tipperary and Waterford in Ireland, running east and west between the two counties. The highest peak of the range is Knockmealdown, in County Waterford. On the western side of the summit, the range is crossed by a high pass through which runs the old mail coach road from Lismore to Clogheen.

The famous hairpin bend on the precarious mountain road over the Knockmealdown Mountains

The famous hairpin bend on the precarious mountain road over the Knockmealdown Mountains

It is this road that I like to visit once a year to take in the view and get some mountain air. Mind you - the road itself is a bit treacherous at times with hairpin bends and a road barely wide enough to take a car, not to mention the tractor that will inevitably come in the opposite direction to you at some point on your journey.

Two sheep enjoying the view up in the Knockmealdowns

Two sheep enjoying the view up in the Knockmealdowns

High up in the mountains you will find 'Bay Lough' - which you can see in the background of the picture above. It is supposedly bottomless and the spirit of 'Petticoat Loose' is supposed to haunt the lake. She has been banished for eternity and ordered to empty the lake with a thimble according to legend.

The beautiful view from the Vee Gap - one of the highest if not the highest roads in County Waterford.

The beautiful view from the Vee Gap - one of the highest if not the highest roads in County Waterford.

The mountain pass has glorious views with steep mountains climbing on either side of the valley. It is accessible from Lismore or Cappoquinn in County Waterford or from Clogheen in County Tipperary. There are also beautiful walking trails in the area suitable for every level of walker.

A statue keeps an eye on the mountain road over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

A statue keeps an eye on the mountain road over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

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