Looking out on the sweep of green of the
it’s easy to see how this spot got its Irish name –eathralach; between two highlands.
Nestled between Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains, the beauty here is breathtaking with a fringe of woods, a softly flowing river and a patchwork of green fields, all of which makes it harder to imagine the Vikings stalking these languid lands. They may have walked, but you can drive all the way to the Rock of Cashel. This collection of monumental medieval buildings perched on a 30ft rock is most famous for its associations with St Patrick, but it was also where Brian Boru, enemy of the Vikings, was crowned King of Munster in 977. Boru may have gone to north Dublin for the Battle of Clontarf, but follow the road south to Fethard, a small village surrounded by thick 15th century walls. Walk the 2km historic town trail and keep an eye out for the rather explicit Sheela-na-Gigs carved into stone along the way. Back on the road, drive through the riverside Carrick-on-Suir towards the Viking big-hitter: Waterford city.
If you have more time:
Winner of the Irish Times’s Best Inland Holiday Destination in Ireland, the Glen of Aherlow is well known for its wonderful walking trails. Follow one of the eight looped walking trails through the glen. Afterwards, treat yourself to afternoon tea at by the fire at Aherlow House.