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Magic Roads

These will make your mind numb!

Basically this is the deal. You drive to the bottom of a hill and turn off the engine of your car. You slip the car into neutral and let off the brakes and….. your car rolls gently up the hill. Impossible, yet you can feel it happening and see it happening with your own eyes!

Of course it is impossible to roll uphill and the truth is that the upward slope of the road is an optical illusion, albeit a totally convincing one, and you are rolling down a hill. Still, it’s a weird feeling.

Where to find a Magic Road

There are two very well known ones, there may be more and if so I would love to hear about them!

Comeragh Mountains, Co Wateford

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This is a bit tricky to find, but the Comeragh Mountains are incredibly beautiful and you will enjoy the search!

From Clonmel in Tipperary, head for Dungarvan and look out for the village of Rathgormack. From there follow the signs for the Comeragh Drive. Follow signs to Mahon Falls, turning right at Power’s Foodstore. A little further along is another signpost for Mahon Falls, turn right here and soon the road starts to descend. At the bottom of the hill there is a single tree – stop here and let the car roll!

If you get lost ask in Power’s store – they know where it is.

Near Dundalk, Co Louth

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From the town of Dundalk take the R173 towards Carlingford for about 6-7 miles. Just after a Texaco petrol station take a left turn. Continue until you come to a T junction, turn right, then immediately left. You will be going uphill at this point – go to the top of the hill, then down the other side until you reach a hut by the side of the road. Stop here, let off the brakes and back up the hill you will go!

One man’s experience of a magic road is well worth reading for a first hand account of how truly weird the feeling of rolling uphill can be.


What Others Say

  1. mark holt May 22, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    there is also one near aughrim co.wicklow well worth a visit

  2. Jay Aug 23, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    There is also a magic road in the Dublin Mountains 10 minutes from Tallaght/Rathfarnam at a place called view point. On the road towards Johnney Foxes that goes downhill theres a tree on your left stop your car with your front wheels just before the treewith your car in neutral turn off your engine and release your brakes and the car will roll uphill. Enjoy

    • Paula Oct 30, 2011 at 12:26 am

      Please can you give me directions to this? Been trying to find this ‘magic road’ for years!

  3. rachael May 26, 2008 at 2:27 am

    The first one I ever seen was at Silent Valley in Northern Ireland (County Down). It’s in the Mourne Mountains so it is an illusion but that one in Omeath (near Dundalk – the one you mentioned) is great. That’s in no mountains. Someone said it has to do with water. Silent Valley is the resevoir that provides water to Belfast and the one in Omeath is next to a massive water tank. Either way the Omeath one is the best thing ever.

  4. Mel Jun 18, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I also hear there is one in Cypress. Not sure where but saw it on You Tube.

  5. john p Aug 11, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    exit the n11 for bray Co. Wicklow at the kilcrony exit and your car will seem to roll too far up the slip road-water also flows “up”this piece of road weird!!

  6. Caroline Sep 15, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    The magic road that Rachael talks about is actually at Spelga Dam which is another reservoir close to SilentValley reservoir.Yes, there’s two! It’s great fun though wherever it is!

  7. Alan Murphy Sep 23, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I was on the magic road in Louth over 10 years ago. CREEPY!

  8. Crea Crosbie Jan 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Magic Tree in Comeragh Mountains Cut Down !
    Wlrfm (Official) The Magic Tree on Mahon Falls has been cut down by vandals. This is mindless blackguarding. If you have any info about who is responsible for this please pass it on to Tramore Gardai. Thanks to Sean Murphy from Mahon Bridge for these pictures http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/album.php?fbid=179265818780820&id=139214626119273&aid=36191

  9. Martha Aug 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    There is one in Moncton, NB Canada….we call it Magnetic Hill.

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