The Unnamed Road from Lismore met up with R668, the road that runs along the Knockmealdown mountains. The road climbed and climbed with beautiful views. The Vee is the steep switchback as the road descends. The Golden Vale, or Golden Vane is panoramic pastureland visible from the mountains.
There was very little traffic and occasional pull offs along the way. This is the first pull off, just as you cross from County Waterford to County Tipperary. From the map, it seems to overlook the area around Bohernagore West Townland. In Ireland a “townland” is the name for the smallest administrative division of land.
The road starts back down out of the Knockmealdown mountains, through a gap at Sugar Loaf. The road makes a very sharp switchback, called the Vee.
The drive had climbed so gently, I had not noticed how high I had gotten. But, the drive from here down was much steeper.
The view is absolutely breathtaking. You are looking across the Golden Vale, or Golden Vein from the Knockmealdown Mountains to the Galtee Mountains.
It is almost always called the Golden Vale now, but originally it was called the Golden Vein. Vale means valley, and it is kinda a valley. But, originally they called it a vein, like finding a vein of gold when mining. It may be the best land in Ireland.
There is a parking place at the Vee. You can walk back and up to Grubb’s Grave on Sugarloaf Hill.