Go walk: Devils bit loop, Templemore, Co. Tipperary

The Devil’s Bit walk offers a charming outing, writes John G Dwyer

What is it with the Irish highlands and the Devil? Among an abundance of demonic upland appellations is the Devil’s Coachroad in the Mourne Mountains, the Devil’s Glen in Wicklow, the Devil’s Ladder on Carauntoohil and the Devil’s Punchbowl on Mangerton Mountain. And then there is the proudly individualistic hill standing sentinel above Templemore, Co Tipperary.

A charming legend holds that a fleeing demon, being pursued over Devil’s Bit Mountain by (you’re right) St Patrick, created the unmistakeable notch in this otherwise flat topped eminence by taking an angry bite from its summit and later dropping it to form the Rock of Cashel. Unfortunately, for mythology buffs, the Devil's Bit is entirely sandstone while the Rock of Cashel is a limestone outcrop. Nevertheless, a new loop walk on Devil’s Bit Mountain offers a moderate and charming outing with inspiring views and abundant other genuine historic resonances.

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