Climbing Co. Waterford

When son, Harry (now 20), suggests an impromtu excursion, I’m never able to resist. There’s always that little voice inside me that says: Make the most of the time that we can share.  I also know, from experience, that these outings bring me to wild and wonderful places.

Yesterday, it was a trip up the glaciated Comeragh Mountains here in Co. Waterford to see one of the many lakes that shimmer majestically up there. Our destination, I was informed, was Coumshingaun Lake.

Heathery Climb with the Co. Waterford Coastline in the Distance
Heathery Climb with the Co. Waterford Coastline in the Distance

The air grew purer and purer as we climbed and, as my heart pounded, I envied the sure-footed fitness and balance of the curious sheep:

Natural Habitat!
Natural Habitat!

Just as we seemed to be reaching some kind of summit, dark clouds came sweeping round the mountains followed by ‘relief rain’ that hopped out of the mists of boring geography classes in the early 1970s.

There was sublime compensation for the total knicker-through drenching with the magical appearance of a rainbow bridging what seemed like the whole of Co. Waterford:

The Perfect Rainbow
The Perfect Rainbow

As we made our way up the mountain, I couldn’t but think of the song ‘The Climb,’ sung by Joe McElderry, which Harry and I often play in the car and which both of us have long found inspirational:

We stood in awe as Coumshingaun Lake came into sight beneath us and, yes, we agreed that  we would  come back soon and climb higher and higher so that we would get to see its wonder from all angles.

Counmshingaun Lake, Co. Waterford
Coumshingaun Lake, Co. Waterford

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I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

33 thoughts on “Climbing Co. Waterford”

  1. Wow that is some gorgeous scenery Jean. Amazing. How long a hike was it and how high were the mountains that you climbed?

    1. Hi Paul, the hike was about 4 hours. One could go for days as the mountain range stretches for miles and miles. The part we did wasn’t very high in overall terms but there are some very steep, rocky climbs for advanced types.

  2. Beautiful that you went out for a lovely outing with your boy!! I love the Joe McElderry’s The Climb a lovely song , here is my inspiring The climb music and video by my favourite Imogen Heap…. a beautiful story from her travels

  3. What fantastic photos Jean, and proof that the sunny south-east can rival the west of Ireland for scenery. You’ll look back back on that day with happy memories.

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