Mahon Falls

Mahon Falls

The Comeragh Mountains are a remarkable and varied range, stretching from the coast near Dungarvan inland as far as Clonmel. The central part of the Comeragh Mountains features a boggy plateau, while the fringe features phenomenally rocky coums filled with a wonderful assortment of little Loughs. Here you will find the rock-walled Coumshingaun and Coum Iarthair, as well as Crotty's Lough, which was named after the outlaw who lay low in these remote fastnesses. Other deep hollows include Coumstillogue, Coumalocha, Coumfea, and Coumtay. Searching for them all can make for some interesting explorations. (O.S. Discovery Series Map no. 75 covers the area with great detail) A network of forest tracks offer easier walking.

The falls may be reached by turning west off the R676 (Dungarvan/Carrick-on-Suir road) at Mahon Bridge. Take a right turn immediately by a shop following the signs for 'Comeragh Drive'. Continue on for about 1 ½ km turn right and travel inwards having the Mahon river on your right. There is parking on your left close by the pathway to the falls. The base of the falls is an ideal picnic area and having enjoyed the scenery you may return to the parking area by the same pathway.

The more adventures walker may wish to continue to Coumtay. Cross the river above the falls and head up-hill in a south-westerly direction over a wide plateau with the Mahon tributaries draining down from the marshes. The area offers some fine views- Knockaunapeebra is behind with the Waterford coastline and Dungarvan bay to the south. Further along the route you will approach the narrow neck where the cliffs of Coumfea to the north and Coumtay to the south are only a few hundred metres apart. Turn in the direction of Coumtay. Circle around the edge of the cliffs and only begin to lose height when you reach the far end of the southern encircling spur. When you drop down to the end of the spur turn left and cross the valley by the ruins of an isolated house. Walk uphill along the forest edge and back along the road to rejoin your car.

"Mahon Falls is a great trip to get some air in your lungs. Don't expect Victoria Falls, its not like that. But there is a waterfall coming from a ridge high above the moorland. It's a trip out to the countryside - not unlike the Lake District or Derbyshire Dales (for our UK guests). We have taken our children there from a very early age, although kids in buggies will limit you to the footpath to the base of the falls. Older children will love to scramble around the grassy moorland and climb beside the falls. Don't do this when the ground is wet, unless you are prepared to get muddy and damp. The falls are great to see, but the view from on high, down towards the coast is stunning. And take an indirect route back in your car, enjoy the countryside." - Martin

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  • Addresses
    • Mahon Falls, County Waterford
  • Price
    free
  • Driving time (mins)
    35

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