Rock an Thoraibh

Trail description


This loop begins and ends at the trailhead located at Christ the King car park.  The red waymarkers will guide you past the statue of Christ the King and into the forest.  Christ the King is a landmark that is synonymous with the Glen, it is a 16 foot statue that was erected in 1950 to commemorate the Holy Year.  The species mix within the forest at this point of Slievenamuck is largely young coniferous  The age profile of the trees means that the walker is afforded many superb viewpoints along this trail to admire the vistas into the valley of Aherlow or across to the Galty mountains.  This trail also takes in the Millennium Stone in Ballagh, this is a stone sculpture that was commissioned locally to mark the transition into the new millennium.  Follow on the forest roads and tracks along the brow of the ridge of Slievenamuck, the walker will come to the Rock an Thorabh (the flagstone of the bull), which is a protruding rock.  From here, one gets the most incredible views in a northerly direction.  On a clear day, landmarks and features that may be seen from this point include; Tipperary town, farmlands of East Limerick, South and North Tipperary, Slieve Felim Mountains and beyond to the Silvermine Mountains.  Continue on along the track back to the tarred county road which you will cross back into Coillte forestry again.  The red trail markers will lead you back to Christ  the King car park via the Nature Park whose main species is the native Scots' Pine, a favourite of the red squirrel - so keep your eyes peeled!

Trail Name: Rock an Thoraibh
Recreation Site: Gortavoher  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Christ the King Car Park
Time: 2h 15m
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 120m
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Christ the King Car Park
Trail Way marking:Red

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