Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Vee

The Vee Gap in the Knockmealdown Mountains offers panoramic views, rocky paths and rugged mountain scenery to sightseeers, walkers and pinickers absolutely free of charge.

The Vee stretches between west Waterford and south Tipperary and is just a short drive from Lismore. With a number of car parks and lay-bys near popular spots the Vee is a convenient spot for families and day-trippers to enjoy the hills that rise on the Lismore horizon.

Local tradition holds that the Vee road with its dramatic hairpin bend was constructed as a famine relief work scheme 1846-7. The old stone hut near the Gap provided shade for sweating horses after the steep ascent while their owners alighted to take the air at Bay Lough.

Bay Lough is the Vee's corrie lake. As any child from the region will tell you, the lake boasts not only of being bottomless but is also home to the fantastically titled witch Petticoats Loose.

The weeks ahead are a particularly good time to visit the Vee. The rhododendrons that will transform the hills into a blaze of purple in June have begun to emerge but have not yet reached their peak.

To view photographs of our trip to the Vee please visit the Heitage Centre's Facebook page:!/album.php?aid=23532&id=100000122755760&ref=mf

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