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Rhododendron Walking Festival 2019

This coming weekend (the June Bank Holiday Weekend) the Rhododendron Walking Festival will take to the south Tipperary hills and mountains from May 31st to June 3rd 2019. The rhododendron plants on the Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains are now fully blooming to welcome all to this event and the weather forecast is perfect for outdoor activities.

The second year of the 'Rhododendron Walking Festival' will include walks for all abilities and for adults and children alike.

Please read through the itinerary below the weather forecast for further information.

If you wish to book you can do so at www.Vee.ie. Some of the events are booking very swiftly, so don't be disappointed, don't delay if you are interested in attending any of them.

Unfortunately, no dogs or pets are allowed at any of the events, the Rhododendron Walking Festival is not insured to cater for them.

Friday May 31st:

Dinner Theatre Event - FULLY BOOKED

Saturday June 1st:

A, B & C grade walks along the 25km Knockshanahullion & Clogheen Loop Trails above Clogheen village. All walks check-in at Clogheen Community Hall - (Eircode E21 T264).

Walk 1 - 25km Knockshanahullion Loop

A Grade Walk - Suitable for fit, experienced walkers

Check in at Clogheen Community Hall - 09.00

Walk begins at 09.30 - bring walking boots, this is a hike.

Hot meal in Clogheen Hall on return

Price for this event is €25

Book A Walk Now

Walk 2 - 14km Knockshanahullion Half Loop

B Grade Walk -

Check in at Clogheen Community Hall - 11.30

Bus to the Sheep Pens on Araglin Road at 12.00

Walking shoes/boots required

Hot meal in Clogheen Hall on return

Price for this event is €25

Book B Walk Now

Walk 3 - 8km Clogheen Loop -

C Grade Walk - suitable for casual walkers

Check in at Clogheen Community Hall - 13.00

Walk departs at 13.30 - runners or walking shoes should suffice

Walk travels behind Clogheen along foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains

Hot meal in Clogheen Hall on return

Price for this event is €15

Book C Walk Now

Car Parking will be available along the street in Clogheen with buses from there to walk starting points where applicable

Saturday - Non Walking Event

For those who do not wish to participate in walking events, there will be a 'Wellness Event' in the afternoon at The Sallows in Lower Main St., Clogheen. Registration for event is at 14.00 with event beginning at 14.30.

Linda from Lavender Lane will be available with a selection of products from the Lavender Lane line.

The event will last for approximately 2 hours and refreshments will be available at the Sallows afterwards.

Tickets limited to just 30 places.

Entry fee is €5.

Book Your Ticket Now.

Sunday June 2nd:

12km and 8km Rhododendron walking trail loops from St. Paul's Community Centre, Clogheen - (Eircode E21 T264). Also, a 6km downhill walk from Baylough car park to Clogheen.

All walks pass Baylough and offer beautiful views of Rhododendron plants in bloom.

Walk 4 - 12km Rhododendron Loop is a path re-opened in 2018, climbing over the back of Baylough and walking down to Loughglenbridge. It takes in some of the most breathtaking views of Rhododendrons in bloom in the country.

Grade B Walk - Moderate level of fitness required.

10.30 - walkers sign in at Clogheen Community Centre.

11.00 - walk begins. It will take 3-4 hours depending on fitness levels.

Price for this event is €20

- Book Knockmealdown Loop Now

Walk 5 - 8km Rhododendron Low Loop will take in some of the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains, climbing to Baylough and on to Loughglenbridge, including areas with swathes of Rhododendrons in bloom.

Shorter Grade B Walk - Moderate level of fitness required.

11.30 - walkers sign in at Clogheen Community Centre.

Bus to Kilballyboy Wood Car Park at 12.00.

Walk should take 1.5-3 hours depending on fitness levels.

Suitable for children over 10 - not suitable for buggies.

Price for this event is €20

- Book Rhododendron Low Loop Now

The 6km Baylough Descent linear walk will take in the entire gamut of views from the car-park above Baylough. Participants will be bused to the car-park. From here they will walk downhill, admiring all the beautiful views, all the way back to Clogheen Community Centre.

12.30 - walkers sign in at Clogheen Community Centre.

13.00 - walk begins. It will take about an hour, but there's no great hurry, it's all downhill.

Suitable for children over 7 - not suitable for buggies.

Price for this event is €10

- Book Baylough Descent Now

On Return to Clogheen Community Centre:

Refreshments for all participants.

The Fogues will provide entertainment for the afternoon.

Monday June 3rd

Walk 7 & Family Fun Day at Glengarra Wood.

Registration at Glengarra Car Park, Burncourt from 10.30 (Google Maps Reference)

11.00 - 5km Walk to Hostel and back - event suitable for over 7's

11.15 - 2km walk suitable for under 7's & outdoor buggies.

Both are C Grade walks suitable for casual walkers with a moderate level of fitness.

Followed by:

Fun day at Glengarra Car Park - all gather for a teddy bears' picnic (bring your own teddy bear, prize for best dressed bear), Teepee Making Demo, make an insect hotel, squirrel hunt, fairy door making, face painting and much more. Ice cream, bbq, tea & coffee for sale.

Cost: €5 per family