Explore the Ballyhoura area
Situated in the southwest region of Ireland, on the borders of counties Tipperary, Limerick and Cork, Ballyhoura is an area of undulating green pastures, woodlands, hills and mountains.
The ancient and unspoilt landscape, an abundance of significant heritage sites, thrilling outdoor activities and friendly people make it the perfect place to discover rural Ireland.
Discover Ballyhoura’s heritage:
In Ballyhoura you can discover past cultures with every step that you take. Learn how prehistoric man farmed the shores of Lough Gur, the medieval walled town of Kilmallock was fortified or view the magnificent Doneraile Court, listening to its fascinating history.
Lough Gur, near Bruff, Co. Limerick
Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. You will be captivated by the beauty, charm and tranquillity of this ancient place.
The visitor centre tells the story of Pre-Celtic Ireland dating back to 3000 BC. The interpretation includes a slide show, imaginative exhibition models and interpretative panels.
Highlights of a visit include:
- Remains of a small farmstead which was built on this natural platform about 900 AD.
- Replicas of Stone Age Pottery and other artefacts depicting the life-styles of the first inhabitants of the area.
- Replica of the Bronze Age Lough Gur Shield now on exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland.
- Replicas of the Chalice and Paten of the Countess of Bath.
- Historical information on the geology, botany and social history of Lough Gur.
Explore the Shannon Region
In Limerick City
Only 45 minutes away from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes Limerick city deserves a full day of exploration. Its historic stone buildings, boulevards, green open spaces and the magnificent River Shannon, are ideal for walking around. Limerick is the Republic of Ireland’s third largest city and has a beautiful location on one of Ireland’s most picturesque rivers, the Shannon.
Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this bustling modern city in the West of Ireland has a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets.
As well as the internationally renowned Hunt Museum with its exceptional art collection including works from Picasso, da Vinci and Renoir, Limerick also boasts a wonderful medieval precinct with the famous 800-year-old King John’s Castle.
A bustling, vibrant and exciting destination, Limerick is packed with excellent shops, wonderful restaurants.
King John's Castle
Experience 800 years of history on King's Island, Limerick City.
King John’s Castle is a 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful views of Limerick City. Discover history at its best, magnificent views and life in Norman times. Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks.
King John, as “Lord of Ireland” minted his own coins and the Royal moneyer would have struck the coins in the Castle mint. Today you can receive your own special coin as a souvenir of your visit to the Castle. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
A Window on the Past - Bunratty, Co. Clare
At Ireland’s premier visitor attraction you are invited to explore two wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and 19th century Bunratty Folk Park.
The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. Bunratty Castle closes each day at 4pm to prepare for the Medieval Banquet.
Castle Oliver, Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick
After its extensive restoration historic Castle Oliver is still used as a private home but is available on a self catering basis when not occupied by the current owner.
Castle Oliver is a sprawling baronial mansion which has well over one hundred rooms, there are twelve staircases, and five of them stone spirals.