The Knockmealdown Mountains run east and west between Tipperary and Waterford. The highest summit in the whole range, Knockmealdown Mountain (2,609), lies on the boundary. Under the summit of this mountain, on the west side, the range is crossed by a high pass through which runs the mail-coach road from Lismore to Clogheen, one of the grandest mountain roads in Ireland – Situated in the heart of these mountains, Mount Melleray is in an ideal location for many expeditions into the remote wilds of these mountains.
The Galtees and Comeraghs are within 45 min drive of the centre.
Glenshelane consists of a long wooded glen that runs either side of the Glenshelane River and has an extensive network of forest roads, trails and bridges there’s a great variety of walks from short strolls to long distance walks. The walks are graded by coloured arrows according to their difficulty. Walkers can expect to enjoy beautiful riverside walks through the magnificent woodlands. The walk is so refreshing and of course changes from season to season. Walkers can expect to enjoy beautiful riverside walks through magnificent woodlands of conifers and broadleaves. The Glen is rich in Flora and Fauna from the beautiful oak and spruce trees to the red squirrel and deer.
Blue – 2km | Green 3km | Red 10.7km |Purple 2.75km
There is 1:30,000 map available, specially drawn for the centre.
Gaisce – The President’s Award
Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages you to find your passion, get active and make a difference in your community! Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential. There are three levels of Gaisce – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The more time and energy you give, the greater the reward! By taking part in Gaisce, you will take on exciting personal, physical and community challenges and develop new skills and new friendships.
The term “gaisce” is from the Irish Language and can be translated as “achievement”. The award was established by a trust deed under the patronage of the Irish president on 28 March 1985 – the award is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Association of international awards
As Scouting Ireland is one of the Organisation’s that deliver the ‘Gaisce’ – We would be more than happy to plan your ‘Adventure Journey’ for each of your awards and we can organise an experienced Hiker to help you along the way.
St. Declan’s Way Walk – Ardmore to Cashel
This is a modern walking route linking the ancient ecclesiastical centres. It is 56 miles (96 kilometres) long and crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains at Bearna Cloch an Buideal (Bottleneck Pass), an elevation of 537m. Apart from this stretch, the route passes through undulating farmland.
St Declan’s Way Walk utilises the route of a number of ancient and medieval pilgrimage and trading routes such as the Rian Bo Phadraig (Track of St. Patrick’s Cow), Bothar na Naomh (Road of the Saints), Casan na Naomh (Path of the Saints) and St. Declan’s Road. The current route was mapped out and developed by in the mid-1990s and tries to remain faithful to the ancient highways.
It was a fifth century saint who brought Christianity to the southern part of Ireland and was particularly associated with the in Waterford and south Tipperary. He established his monastery in Ardmore and his grave there remains an important place of pilgrimage. Cashel was the in Declan’s lifetime and St. Declan’s Way follows the route he would have taken from Ardmore to Cashel.
Badges for completion of challenge
Experienced Hikers can be arranged for groups on request – Please contact the Administration Office to organise this.