The Galtee Mountains

Glen of Aherlow Cycle Loop

Distance: 51km
Climbing: 395m

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This tour takes in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow before going east to Athassel Abbey and then returning to Limerick Junction on the back roads. The highlight is the view of The Galtees and the Glen of Aherlow from the famous viewpoint at Christ The King Statue.

The area is a popular spot for walkers and outdoor activities.

There are no road passes in The Galtees so this is your best option to see them. This route is reasonably flat, and at just 46km is a reasonably easy prospect.

Attractions

The Glen of Aherlow is a beautiful valley with spectacular views of the Galtee Mountains.

Athassel Abbey is an extensive ruin on a riverbank. Underrated, you will probably be the only person there.

Grantstown Castle is a newly-renovated 16th Century castle situated next to the road. It is not open to the public.

Glen of Aherlow Cycle Loop Useful Info

Most of this route is on quiet backroads. The only hill of any note is not too difficult and occurs right at the start of the route.

Irish Rail runs trains from Dublin to Cork every hour, and from Limerick to Waterford several times a day – most stop at Limerick Junction, just a couple of kilometres north of Tipperary Town. If travelling on the Dublin to Cork line, it is not as vital to book your bike on it ahead of time – there is a wagon that takes several bikes.

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