13km (8 miles)
1020m (3345 ft)
Height gain
Galty Mountains
Mountain range


The Cushnabinnia Horseshoe – day hike (Hard/Strenuous)

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The superb mountain range known as the Galty’s has at its heart the imposing peak of Galtymore, one of the thirteen 3,000 ft mountains in Ireland. 

Please note this hike is graded as ‘Strenuous’ and requires a good level of fitness, it is not suitable for beginners.

About Galtymore and the Cushnabinnia Horseshoe.

The Cushnabinnia Horseshoe is at the heart of the Galty Mountains, and takes in its highest peak, Galtymore (919 metres), as well as Cush, Galtybeg and Slieve Cushnabinnia.

We start our hike at the small forest car park at Clydach Bridge in the north of the range, and from here head south and east to climb the lovely Cush, a delightful hill at 639 metres and a great viewpoint to see the steep north face of Galtymore.

We then drop down to overlook Borhean Lough before reascending to Galtybeg, where we follow a short but steep ridge to climb up to Galtymore, the highest mountain in the range and one of the thirteen Irish Furths (mountains over 3000 ft.)

There is time to take in the superb views before descending towards the subsidiary peak of Slieve Cushnabinnia. Finally, we descend via Knocknanuss to the forest and return to our start point. This hike is approx. 14km and has a height gain of 1020 metres.

This hike is on rough mountain path which will be rocky and slippery in places. Please ensure you wear suitable mountain footwear, you may be turned away by the guide if you arrive in runners.

MEETING POINT Clydach Bridge car park ( R 875 279) at 10.30
HIKE TIME Approx. 6 hours
TERRAIN Forest track and mountain path, some open hillside, possibly wet in places.
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – without these items you will regrettably be excluded from participating; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
Transport is not available from Dublin for this hike.
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, flora and fauna of the Galty Mountains.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.

Further reading on our blog:

The Slieve Blooms and The Galtees – Two brief encounters


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Galtymore and the Cushnabinnia horseshoe