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.
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.
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 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.