Golden Vale Drive

  • Golden Vale Drive

This sweeping drive will introduce you to the natural features that gives The Golden Vale its evocative name.

The Golden Vale Drive will take you from the level pasturelands of the north, to the foot of the highest inland mountain, Galtymore (3,015ft) by Griston Bog, you’ll pass from picturesque countryside, through the medieval town of Kilmallock, and around Lough Gur, famous for its many archaeological sites. The signposted driving route weaves through the villages and towns of Kilmallock, Bruree, Bruff, Croom, Lough Gur, Ballyneety, Pallas Grean, Emly, Galbally, Kilfinane and Ballylanders.

Every twist in the road reveals a landscape rich in history, folklore and legend. Pick up the Living Land Golden Vale Drive audio CD from Kilfinane Tourist Office, pop it in the stereo, and listen to your personal guide unravel the mysteries and tales of these ancient lands.

Plan to stop at Lough Gur, to explore this mysterious area and lose yourself in the past. Local folklore hints at Lough Gur’s importance to the ancient people who came to this magical lake to worship and make offerings. The arrival of Christianity in Ireland during the 5th-century AD may have changed local practices forever, but tales of its enchanted past have never been forgotten.

Distance: 112km

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Starting in Kilmallock, finish in Ballylanders

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