A Walk to Mahon Falls
The point where the narrow Mahon River reaches the top of the Comeragh Mountains makes for a beautiful, rugged view, as it tumbles hundreds of feet down the rocky slopes in a spray of silvery white. The walk to the falls is popular with hikers, both for the sheer stony loveliness of it (you can see all the way from the falls to the sea), and because it’s a fairly short distance—about a 15-minute walk in each direction. The 80m (262 1/2 ft.) waterfalls are on the R676 between Carrick-on-Suir and Dungarvan. At the tiny village of Mahon Bridge, 26km (16 miles) south of Carrick-on-Suir, turn west on the road marked for Mahon Falls, then follow signs for the falls and the Comeragh Drive. In about 5km (3 miles), you reach a parking lot along the Mahon River (in fact, just a tiny stream). The trail begins across the road. Follow the stream along the floor of the valley to the base of the falls. From here you can see the fields of Waterford spread out below you, and the sea a glittering mirror beyond. Walking time is about 30 minutes round-trip.
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In the southeast, the top spots are Cahore and Rosslare in County Wexford, and Dunmore East and Dungarvan in County Waterford. Beyond the southeast, check out Cobh in County Cork, Brandon Bay on the Dingle Peninsula, Roundstone in Galway, Achill Island in Mayo, and in Donegal, Magheroarty and Rossnowlagh.
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