The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival attracted close to 400 walkers from around the country who participated in the seven advertised walks over two days on the Galtee Mountains.
There was a mixed bag of weather conditions from icy showers, high winds and stormy weather but everyone was well prepared for the inclement weather and returned safely.
“We were delighted this year to welcome a group of international students from IT Carlow, many of whom had never experienced snow and they actually built a small snowman at Lake Muskry,” said Helen Morrissey, Aherlow Failte Society. “Our new attraction, ‘Discover the Ancient Glen bus tour’ was enjoyed by both visitors and locals. We have built up a great base of people who come to our Winter and June walking festivals and it’s always great to see newcomers and visitors enjoying the walks.
Over 100 attended the festival dinner in Aherlow House Hotel on Saturday night with much singing and dancing late into the night.
“We have found that since we started the walking festivals there are more walking visitors to the Glen during the year. This is exactly what we want in regards to tourism and how it impacts local accommodation providers in a good way,” added Helen.
The Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society wish to thank their partners, the Galtee Walking Club; especially to each walk leader who put many hours in to planning and walking the routes ahead of time.
Thank you to the Hill Walking Radio club who provided communications all weekend between base and walks, the Aherlow Fáilte volunteers who manage the registration and the meet and greet visitors and Aherlow House Hotel for the high level of service given to our visitors.
There’s a full complement of club walks on Sunday next in three different locations around South Tipperary.
The ‘A’ walk is in the Galtees, meeting with Willie Delahunty at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel at 10am.
Liam and Shane Doheny’s ‘B’ walk will take place on Slievenamon with the meeting point of Kilcash Village, also at 10am.
Back on the Slievenamuck Ridge, Pat Kinane will bring the ‘C’ walkers on a forest track loop, starting from the Rock an Thorabh car park at 11am.