Coumshingaun Lough
Coumshingaun Lough
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LoveTravelVentures
Cork, Ireland2,508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Ok first things first this mountain climb is not easy (I've done quite a few in Ireland incl Mount Brandon, Carrountwohill, Benbulbin etc). This is not to put anyone off however it's best to know this in advance so you can plan accordingly and enjoy. It starts very steep then you go over quite a rocky (sometimes very narrow /right on the edge) path to keep progressing- need proper hiking boots (when you start off this part looks like the top haha like most mountain climbs a little deception doesn't hurt). We did the full loop & we had a stunning day at the end of Oct. views were incredible as you'll see from the pics 😍 took us 3.5 hours (7.5 km round trip). I don't recommend in wet or windy weather, I'd say it can be quite dangerous. Most of all enjoy if you do this😎
Ps. Carry a small picnic to enjoy at the top overlooking the Lough, you'll thank me later
Written 11 November 2021
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Regina F
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Yesterday we decided to make the trip from Carlow as we had seen and heard alot about it. We had 2 adults and 6 children ranging from 4 to 12 years. On arrival we found the very small carpark to be full. Like many others we parked across the road and failed to notice the double yellow lines.( In our defense there were many cars parked in a row) when we returned to our cars all cars had parking fines on them! PLEASE BE WARE! had We decided to have our picnic on arrival which was a good idea (less to carry) . Do bring lots of water and a back pack. Our 4 year old found it a little difficult. We reached the lake and the kids very bravely dipped their toes in. On our way back down we met 3 very uneducated people (1 female 2 males ) in their middle twenties with a dog off the lead (despite signs saying dogs must be kept on the lead). The dog very enthusiastically went right up to the face of our youngest child knocking us both . Whilst apologetic this unfortunate event could have been prevented. I sustained a foot injury and the child was very distressed making our decent very difficult. Aside from this incident ( and our parking ticket)we did have a lovely day out. The views were breathtaking so do pack your camera.
Written 22 July 2020
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riverhouse_foto
Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
It's a beautiful lake, and the walk up to it relatively easy the kids had no problem with the climb. It's takes about an hour to get up.
The views over Waterford and out to the sea are fantastic.

You can also do the much more challenging loop walk around the top of the lake. The views are spectacular. (This is around a 5 hour hike and not suitable for young children.)
Written 21 June 2021
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Maura O
Cork, Ireland10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Great hike up to the lake, and then up the ridge to be able to view the lake from above. Good hiking boots needed as there is a lot of loose stone so a good grip is needed. Do in good weather only, would not be pleasant, and would possibly be dangerous in wet or foggy conditions.
The only downside is there were no signposts/markings from the moment you leave the carpark. A few would not go astray (to stop you going astray :-) )
Written 7 July 2021
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JosephF151
Waterford, Ireland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
What an experience for an over 60's male walker, of reasonable fitness.
The lake walk fine, 45 minutes from the car park.
The loop was a challenge, I decided to ascend from the Eastern side, as the path was visible from the lake.it was tough, up and up. Regular rest periods and I got to the top, or did I ! Another peak to climb ahead of me. I got there after about 90 minutes. Great achievement.
I walked along the northern rim. as the fog was descending. Enjoy about 45 minutes rest and lunch.
I commenced my decent on the western side of this amazing horse shoe like mountain. It was dangerous in places, a lot of loose shale/gravel. I think it would have been more difficult to climb up on this side, as the steps up or down were severe.
I got to the end safely, met lot's of lovely people on route. Total time six hours.
Written 16 June 2021
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Paulapeac
Cork, Ireland84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Go early to get parking, bring lunch & water & allow plenty time to take in the views. Full loop walk is very enjoyable & the views are stunning along the way. Steep near top so not for small children.
Written 26 July 2020
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Alan
Dublin, Ireland1,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Firstly, this is not an easy walk, if you're planning on walking the ridge above the lake but, it's absolutely worth the effort.

Just a few points:

1. Get to Kilclooney car park early as space is limited. Many cars park along the road if it's full.

2. Bring layers as it can get breezy in exposed areas. Bring drinks and snacks as you're looking at around 4hr from start to finish.

3. From the car park, walk along the worn path through the forest until we .wet the gravel road. Turn right. Walk a few minutes more...you'll notice a 50ft fake tree and green railings on your left, so keep walking as you're on the correct path. Cross the fence of the style & look immediately left and look up towards the peak. To the right you'll notice a rock formation that looms like a 'mouse'...it'll be obvious. Hike towards it. Look along the ridge of the spine going up towards the top of the hill (right of the fence going to the top) and you'll see a track. Follow it and you will work your way to the top...

From the carpark to the top of the ridge at the back wall of the cliff takes about 2hrs.

Be really careful as you scramble to the top of the ridge near the back wall as it's steep and dangerous!

Talk in the scenery and enjoy the stunning views!!!
Written 7 May 2017
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Eoghan H
Waterford, Ireland52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
If any one fancies a steady stroll to the lake or test your abilities going up around the coum, look no further than Coumshigaun lake in the Comeragh mountains. Fantastic scenery and only 40 minutes away by car. A gem of a lake, right on our doorstep in County Waterford.
Wear appropriate walking shoes, bring spare clothing, check the weather forecast, add in a picnic and away you go.
Directions, turn right at the Mahon Falls road in the direction of Carrick. Approx 4 kilometers on the LHS, there is a wooded car park. Kilcooney Woods. Follow the pathway through the wood until you come to the turnstile. Turn left there and make your way up through the gorse. Look up to your right and you will see a very large Rock on the ridge line. Head for that. Go under or right for the lake or keep left and walk up the pathway for the loop around.
Note, the loop can be scary in places up top as there is no dedicated pathway only a walkers route through the rocks.
Be prepared to do a bit of crawling on your knees uphill particularly, in one spot on the south west corner. Best avoided if you are nervous of heights, not recommended for young children or dogs as there are a few places that are a bit tricky with sheer drops to the lake. A small dog off leash attacked our German Shepherd Pup - I had to jump on my dog, literally pinning him on the ground to stop him bolting, while the small dog was biting him)
But overall a fantastic experience. Well worth 3 hours of your day.

If you go to the lake, be adventurous and continue your walk up the RHS. Keep high on the heather to avoid a trek over huge boulders. There are a few nice picnic spots on the waters edge as u walk along.
Keep following the lake around until you come to huge rocks preventing your way forward. Go up the hill (steep incline), in a north west heading and you will come to a small cave directly under the cliff face.
Turn around. The view from here is absolutely breathtaking. Looking, from the widest point of the lake to the narrowest point.

Time from woods to lake - approx 45mins, distance 3 Kilometers. 10 mins extra to back of the lake.
Number of journeys to lake and loop. Over 50.

Enjoy.

Written 25 June 2019
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Rosemary404
New Providence, NJ11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We just got back from Ireland and my memories will last a lifetime......but nothing could compare to the absolute beauty and serenity of hiking up this mountain alongside the sheep amidst the beautiful yellow gorse bushes. I could only wish that heaven is just as beautiful. I have traveled all over the world and this by far is one of the most magical locations I have ever had the honor and privilege of being.....I feel blessed to have been here.
Written 29 May 2018
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Frank H
Naas, Ireland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Day 2 of our 3 day break & it was into the Comeragh mountains & a hike up to Coumshingaun Lough. 20m drive from Dungarvan had us into a small car park at the bottom of your climb. Not signposted in any way but just keep right on trail through woods until you go over a metal stile & bear slightly left & centre of climb up to lough or right or left will bring you above lough on a horse shoe loop. Spectacular view after tough climb but well worth it. 3 lads actually swimming in lough but wasn’t going to be me. Good boots & rain wear needed !!
Written 22 August 2018
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