Activities & things to do
Ballyhoura Outdoor Activities: There is a great variety of outdoor activities in Ballyhoura. Join with the local walking club as you walk the woodlands or hike the mountains. Try out mountain biking, fishing or horse riding.
Explore Ireland’s Shannon Region on foot, there’s no better way!
Walking is truly the best way to explore and fully absorb the beauty of Ireland's Shannon Region. See www.shannonregiontrails.ie.
Directions to the Ballyhoura Trailheads
The Ballyhoura Way is best accessed at one of seven key trailheads, which
provide information map boards and car parking. These are located reasonably
close to other services and facilities, such as shops, accommodation, restaurants
and public transport. The trailheads are located as follows:
Trailhead 1 - John's Bridge
John's Bridge is located on the R576 to Kanturk. A shop and filling station
are located at the road junction.
Trailhead 2 - Near Ballyhea
This trailhead is located at Kennedy's Pub, just off the N20, and is 1km south
Trailhead 3 - Green Wood Car Park, Glenosheen
Green Wood car park, Glenosheen is 1km from junction on R512 to
Trailhead 4 - Kilfinane
Kilfinane is located on the R517 and is 10km from Kilmallock, 15km from
Mitchelstown, and 18km from Tipperary. The trailhead is located at Barrack
Street, Kilfinane on the R517.
Trailhead 5 - Ballylanders
Ballylanders is on the R513 and is 10km from Mitchelstown. The trailhead is
located at the Commeration Monument, Main Street, Ballylanders on the R513.
Trailhead 6 - Lisvernane
Lisvernane is located on the R663 and is 10km from Tipperary. The trailhead
is located at Christ the King Monument on the R663.
Trailhead 7 - Tipperary Town
Tipperary Town is located on the N24, approximately 40 km from Limerick.
The trailhead is located at the Esso Filling Station on the Limerick Road.
Distance/Duration - 44km / 2 days approximately. Each section represents
approximately half a day's walking.
Degree of Difficulty - Moderate to difficult. The Way follows a mix of
forest road, pathway, and field, with some short steep climbs from near Ballyhea Trailhead to Green Wood Car Park.Ballyhoura
Mountain Biking in Ballyhoura
Why not hire a bike and explore one of the many Shannon Region cycleways, or the action-packed Ballyhoura mountain biking trail in Co. Limerick which are located just 2km from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.
Ireland’s first mountain bike centre is fast becoming the dream destination for mountain bikers. The centre is located on the borders of counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork in the heart of the region known as Ballyhoura.
Cyclists will enjoy a true wilderness riding experience, soaking in the beauty of natural woodland, peaceful valleys and the rugged Galtee Mountains. There’s a whole world of fun and adventure to be had at Ireland’s Mountain Bike Centre, details of which can be found below.
Ballyhoura Mountain Biking Trail
- Get Your Fix!
Boasting a grand total of 90km of purpose-built single-track, this is the largest mountain biking area of its kind in Western Europe. What makes Ireland’s Mountain Bike Centre so special is that its trails – suitable for everyone from the novice to the gnarly – weave through some of the most stunning landscape that Europe has to offer. Visitors will enjoy a true wilderness riding experience, soaking in the beauty of natural woodland, grouse moor, peat bog, peaceful valleys and the rugged Galtee Mountains.
The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails are the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland and provides many options for off-road cycling in the mountains. Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty single-track with loads of ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The trails range from a moderate 6 kilometre Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 kilometres in length!
The trails are laid out as ‘stacked loops’ - this means that each loop leads onto the next and rejoins it on the way back. The loops are way marked in one direction – just pick the colour of the loop.
The trail system, designed by one of the world leaders in the sport, is a challenging, one-way system constructed to give a challenging and rewarding ride. Please ensure you are equipped fully to undertake this adventure sport and respect other trail users at all times.
To Suit: Suitable for people of medium levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluids, snacks, waterproofs and a rucksack.
Fishing and Horse Riding
There are a number of good angling rivers in and around Ballyhoura Country including the Blackwater,the Awbeg,the Funcheon,the Aherlow,the Maigue,the Loobagh,the Morning Star and the Camogue. Here Salmon, and Brown Trout and Coarse fishing may be enjoyed. Fish include rudd, bream, perch, roach, pike and eel. Lough Gur is also a popular place for fishing. The visitor may also fish for rainbow trout at Griston Bog, Ballyanders.
Ballyhoura/Glen of Aherlow Trail
Hillcrest Riding Centre, located in Galbally Co. Limerick, offers a week long Ballyhoura/Glen of Aherlow trail. This trail takes you through one of Ireland’s most spectacular and scenic areas situated in Counties Limerick, Cork and Tipperary.
As you ride the south of Ireland you will enjoy some of the worlds most beautiful and breathtaking scenery, mountains, rivers, lakes, farmlands and forestry. Ballyhoura/Glen of Aherlow and Galtee Mountains are steeped in history which will be related by your friendly guide.
The Limerick/Cork area is home to some excellent golf courses. Golfing nearby is available in the golf clubs of Mitchelstown and Charleville in County Cork , Limerick County Golf and Country Club in Ballyneety and Adare Manor Golf Club in the beautiful village of Adare just outside Limerick city. We can also recommend Ballykisteen Golf Ciub in Monard near Tipperary Town just over the border from County Limerick.
The Limerick Garden trail contains 6 of the best gardens in the region, many have won National Awards and have featured in gardening magazines. www.limerickgardentrail.com.
You can also visit Annes Grove Gardens in Co. Cork.
The Great Outdoors
For the outdoor-minded Ballyhoura offers the widest range of leisure and sporting amenities imaginable. Go Quad Biking, Abseiling or Rock-climbing and get that rush of adrenalin as spirits soar. Drift lazily downstream, or shout with excitement as your canoe shoots the playful rapids. Experience walkers will enjoy the invigorating challenge of The Galtys or Ballyhoura Mountain treks, whilst novices will find peace and tranquillity on quiet country walks.
EDUCATION CENTRE, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick
Hill-walking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and orienteering. Residential and non-residential courses. Equipment, tuition, transport and insurance provided.
Tel: +353 (0)63 91161 Fax: +353 (0)63 91201 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLEN QUADS, Kilworth, Co. Cork
When it's time for a break from the ordinary. Experience the excitement of Quad Trekking. All weather, safety clothing and equipment provided. Qualified instructor. Courses to suit all abilities.
Bookings - Tel: +353 (0)25 27674 or +353 (0)86 887 1544
No visit to the Shannon region is complete without a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Co.Clare. This experience is shortlisted for inclusion in the Seven Wonders of the World.
Events, Sights & Activities Nearby
Ballyorgan village has a very welcoming pub 5 minutes walk from our Homes. For further information on activities,restaurants,etc please check the Ballyhoura Heritage Guide which has been included on the Explore section of this website. Ardpatrick’s pub enjoys live bands every weekend also set dancing once a week. An hour’s drive away is county Tipperary’s Rock of Cashel, this historic castle towers over the small town of Cashel, home of the famous Cashel blue cheese.
Cork city is one hours drive with its excellent shops, concerts and nightlife, something for everyone here. County Corks Fota House and Wildlife Park is a great trip for the whole family. Visit the Blarney Estate and kiss the Blarney Stone at the castle then visit Blarney House where portraits of the Oliver Family from Castle Oliver hang. Make a day of it and visit Killarney’s National Park, take a trip on a horse and cart to Muckross House, then visit the tradional farms.
www.ardpatrick.net information on festival and events in local area.
www.ballyhouramtb.com information on local mountain bike trails.
www.mtbireland.com articles and discussions on mountain bike trails.
www.kilfinaneoec.com local outdoor adventure sport courses.
www.ballyhourabears.com local walking club.
www.munster4x4.com off road challenges on the ballyhoura mountains.
www.outsider.ie magazine on Irelands adventure sports.
www.midlandparagliding.com paragliding in local area.
www.shannonheritage.com information regarding Bunratty Castle & folk park.
www.blarneycastle.ie home of the famous Blarney Stone.
www.adaremanor.com golf course near Limerick.
www.limerickraces.ie local race course 40 mins from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.
www.cliffsofmoher.ie information on the cliffs of moher.
www.cashel.ie information on the famous Rock of Cashel.
www.heritageireland.ie introduction to Irelands varied heritage attractions.
www.gaelichelicopters.com local helicopter hire company.
www.fotahouse.com homepage of regency styled building.
www.visitireland.com attractions and activities for visitors.
www.killarneyonline.com guide for visitors to killarney.
www.golf.ireland.ie irelands official golf website.
www.limerickcounty.com golf course 30 mins from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.
www.charlevillegolf.com popular golf course 20 mins from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.
www.mitchelstown-golf.com golf course 10 mins from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.
www.gofishingireland.com information on fishing locally in Ireland.
www.shannon-fishing-board.ie guide to fishing in local Shannon region.
www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net salmon fishing on Blackwater river.
www.corkairport.com guide to cork airport.
www.shannonairport.com guide to shannon airport.
www.corkracecourse.ie local race course 30 mins from Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.