[The Galtee Mountains]

Artist(s) : Arthur Young (Draughtsman)

Sketch of part of the Galtee mountain range, in the area of Galtymore, on the border between counties Limerick and Tipperary. The view is taken from the south side of the road from Mitchelstown to Cahir. Fields extend only part of the way up the lower slopes. Places identified by numbers on the sketch and an attached key include: Galtymore, Galtybeg, Sefang [Sceichín an Rince, Skeheenarinky?] and Wolf’s track.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text within boundaries of image – 1 Galty More / 2 Galty Beg / 3 Sefang / 4 [blank] / 5 Round Hill / 6 Bull hill / 7 Wolf’s track / 8 Road from M.T. to Cahir
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – 1 Galty More / 2 Galty Beg / 3 Sefang / 4 [blank] / 5 Round Hill / 6 Bull hill / 7 Wolf’s track / 8 Road from M.T. to Cahir
  • Instructions to binder – 380

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pencil works
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Galtymore - Mountain
  • Galtee Mountains - Mountain
  • Tipperary - County
  • Limerick - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Lands, Mountains
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 29.7 cm x 26 cm
Published / created 1780

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A Tour in Ireland [Young; copy with unique drawings]
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 380
Source copy National Library of Ireland LO 10203
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

[Preceded by a description of visit to cave at Skeheenrinky.]
But the commanding region of the Galties deserves more attention. Those who are fond of scenes in which nature reigns in all her wild magnificence, should visit this stupendous chain. It consists of many vast mountains, thrown together in an assemblage of the most interesting features, from boldness and height of the declivities, freedom of outline, and variety of parts; filling a space of about six miles by three or four. [p. 381] Galtymore is the highest point, and rises like the lord and father of the surrounding progeny. From the top you look down, upon a great extent of mountain, which shelves away from him to the south, east, and west; but to the north, the ridge is almost a perpendicular declivity. On that side the famous golden vale of Limerick and Tipperary spreads a rich level to the eye, bounded by the mountains of Clare, King's and Queen's counties, with the course of the Shannon, for many miles below Limerick. To the south you look over alternate ridges of mountains, which rise one beyond another, till in a clear day the eye meets the ocean near Dungarvon. The mountains of Waterford and Knockmaldown fill up the space to the south-east. The western is the most extensive view; for nothing stops the eye till Mangerton and Macgilly Cuddy's Reeks point out the spot where Killarney's lake calls for a farther excursion. The prospect extends into eight counties, Corke, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Queen's, Tipperary, King's. A little to the west of this proud summit, below it in a very extraordinary hollow, is a circular lake of two acres, reported to be unfathomable. The descriptions which I have read of the craters of exhausted volcanoes, leave very little doubt of this being one; and the conical regularity of the summit of Galty more speaks the same language. East of this respectable hill, to use Sir William Hamilton's language, is a declivity of about one quarter of a mile, and there Galty beg rises in a yet more regular cone, and between the two hills is another lake, which from position seems to have been once the crater which threw up Galty beg, as the first mentioned was the origin of Galty more. Beyond the former hill is a third lake, and east of that another hill; I was told of a fourth, with another corresponding mountain. It is only the mere summit of these mountains which rise above the lakes. Speaking of them below, they may be said to be on the tops of the hills; they are all of them at the bottom of an almost regularly circular hollow. On the side, next the mountain top, are walls of perpendicular rocks, in regular strata, and some, of them piled on each other, with an appearance of art rather than nature. In these rocks the eagles, which are seen in numbers on the Galties, have their nests. Supposing the mountains to be of volcanic origin, and these lakes the craters, of which I have not a doubt; they are objects of the greatest curiosity, for there is an unusual regularity in every considerable summit, having its corresponding crater; but without this circumstance the scenery is interesting in a very great degree. The mountain summits, which are often wrapped in the clouds, at other times exhibit the freest outline; the immense scoop’d hollows which sink at your feet, declivities of so vast a depth as to give one terror to look down; with the unusual forms of the lower region of hills, parti- [p. 382] cularly Bull hill, and Round hill, each a mile over, yet rising out of circular vales, with the regularity or semi-globes unite upon the whole, to exhibit a scenery to the eye, in which the parts are of a magnitude so commanding; a character so interesting, and a variety so striking, that they well deserve to be examined by every curious traveller. [pp. 380-382]
[Continues with recommendations regarding most scenic routes, including Wolf’s Track through the Galtees.]
The Galtee Mountains