An Unforgettable 18-Day Road Trip That’s Packed With The Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Day 3 –Long Walks, Magnificent Mountains and More Road Trippin’

Today is going to include a nice physical challenge that’ll immerse you in some of the county’s most splendid scenery.

Get a good breakfast into you in Faha Lodge and pack for a hike (you’ll need plenty of water, snacks and the appropriate walking gear).

Get up for 8 and on the road for 8:45.

Here’s everything you need to know about day 3!

What we'll be doingWhere we'll be sleepingWhat you'll need
    • One of the best places to visit in Ireland if you enjoy a peach of a view
    • A magic (yes, magic) road
    • Mahon falls
    • A savage little drive through the mountains
    • More foooooooood and a few pints (see a trend emerging??)
The Park Hotel, Dungarvan
  • A packed lunch as we won’t be eating out until this evening
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Some snacks for the hike
  • Water

Day 3 Stop #1 – the Coumshingaun Lake Walk

Faha Lodge to Kilclooney bridge – 10-minute drive (arrive at 9:05 – the coordinates for the bridge on Google Maps are 52.255038, -7.489252)

For this road trip, we’re going to recommend (fitness and weather dependent) that you give the Lake Walk a crack.

The lads at Dungarvan Tourism have prepared a fantastic guide on walks in the area – their website is a cracking resource.

You can embark on a short walk or a long walk. Here’s how to navigate the short (2.5 hours) walk according to Dungarvan Tourism;

‘The walk commences at Kilclooney Bridge on the R676 Dungarvan/Carrick-on-Suir road. It is possible to park on a side road to the right just before the bridge. Cross the road to Comeraghs side, go through a gate, and negotiate a wet patch near the river to get onto a grassy path which will bring you all the way up to the lake.’

For those of you that fancy trying the longer (5 hours) walk, here’s what to do (it’s a continuation of the short walk);

‘Walk to the steep spur going up the left (South) side of the corrie, where you will observe a clear ridge path. This becomes narrow and weaves up between large boulders in parts and involved some scrambling now and again-great care is needed. Observe the wonderful views down to the lake and behind is a wide sweep of West Waterford.

Coumshinaun Horseshoe
Photo by Muddy Boots

Above the boulders the path is still clear and there is a final very steep ascent on a heathery section where great care is again required, before you reach the plateau.

Detour a few hundred metres to the left, if you wish, to the cairn, which is the highest point of the Comeraghs, Fascoum (789m) and now resume your clockwise circuit around the corrie. You next ascend a grassy local top called Staicin (704m), and from here, your descent route is down Eastward along the obvious spur.’

Make sure to be vigilant on your descent.

Day 3 Stop #2 – The Magic Road

Kilclooney bridge to the Magic Road – 10-minute drive (I’m going to slot in 5 hours for the long lake walk, which would mean that you’d arrive to the Magic Road at about 14:20)

I heard about the Magic Road in Waterford on my old school bus.

One of the lads had been in Waterford and his dad had taken them to it. When he told us what happened, we didn’t believe him.

It didn’t make sense then, and it definitely doesn’t make sense now.

You’ll find the Magic Road in the Comeragh Mountains as you make your way to Mahon Falls.

When you reach the cattle grid in the road, keep a look out for two stones inscribed with ‘Magic Road’.

If it’s safe to do so, stop your car and stick it in neutral.

Your car will then, magically, start to roll backwards up the hill.

Watch the video above and have your mind blooooown!

Day 3 Stop #3 – Mahon Falls

Magic Road to Mahon Falls – 4-minute drive (Spend 20 minutes at the Magic Road and arrive at the waterfall for 14:50)

Hop back into the car and head straight for the car park at Mahon Falls where you’ll be treated to your first glimpse of the waterfall.

Your legs are probably screaming at this stage, but bear with me, this’ll be worth it!

The walk from the car park up to the waterfall is facilitated by a gravel path and takes around 20 minutes.

As you move higher up the path, the roar of the water gets louder and louder, willing weary walkers to keep going.

When you reach a point that you’re happy with, kick-back, soak up the natural beauty in front of you and let the melody of water crashing against rock ring in your ears.

Day 3 Stop #4 – the Comeragh Drive

Mahon Falls to Dungarvan – 25-minute drive (allow yourself an hour at Mahon Falls. This would mean you’d arrive in Dungarvan at about 16:15)

At this point you’re probably pretty wrecked – fear not, however, we’re going to finish off the day with a drive that boasts views that’ll knock you sideways, before heading to Dungarvan for the evening.

the comeragh drive
Via Google Maps

We’re going to do part of the Comeragh Drive. If you didn’t do the hike earlier in the day, definitely look at doing the full Comeragh route.

When you leave the car park, turn right and continue up the hill until you reach the top.

the comeragh drive in waterford
Photo via Google Maps

Park the car and enjoy the spectacular views from the Comeragh Heights overlooking the Mahon River Valley to the east and the Tay Valley to the west.

When you’ve had your fill, hop back into the car and continue on the same road as it winds down the hill.

waterford comeragh drive
Photo via Google Maps

We’re heading for Dungarvan, so pop it into the sat nav/Google Maps and head off on your merry way.

Day 3 Stop #5 – Dungarvan for the night

Dungarvan harbour wexford
Photo by Chris Hill

If you’ve gotten this far, fair play!

It’s time to check into your accommodation, grab a nap and the head for food and a couple of drinks.

I’m going to recommend that you stay in the Park Hotel, but where you sleep is completely up to you.

Grab a few hours rest and head on down to The Moornings for a bite to eat and a few well-earned pints.

Where the road trip will take us on day #4 (adventure and Ireland’s Alcatraz)

We’ve only scratched the surface of our 18-day road trip.

Day 4 takes us to a place commonly referred to as ‘Ireland’s Alcatraz’ along with a part of Cork that’s arguably the most instagrammed place in Ireland.

Move onto page 5 below to check it out!