SlÃ Finn Drive
Gentle, winding roads cut through this scenic terrain thats dotted with wonderful archaeological, mythological and historical sights. Amongst the rolling countryside you will be tempted to stop-off at the pretty villages, make time for a way-marked loop walk, amble down a nature trail or try your luck at bird watching.
The signposted drive takes you through Kilfinane, Ardpatrick, Glenosheen, Ballyorgan and Ballylanders.
Nature lovers may want to drive this route in reverse after its completed, such is the abundance of beauty to enjoy! Dont be confused by the many winged creatures you will spot on your drive through this area. Pick up a copy of the Birds & Butterflies booklet at the Ballyhoura Office in Kilfinane and you will have a head start identifying SlÃ Finnâs abundant flora and fauna.
Must see stops along the route Ardpatrick- owes its origin to St. Patrick who established a church on the hillside of Ardpatrick in the 5th century.
Castle Oliver- the estate in the 1650s was 6500 hectares and villages like Kilfinane would have owed much of its present layout to the Olivers. The castle, fashioned from local sandstone is a stunning masterpiece of architecture, lovingly restored in 2006, it is now available to hire as private holiday accommodation. .
Glenosheen- the village derives its name from the famous legend of Tir Na NÃ³g- the glen of Oisin. Glenosheen was home to the Joyce Brothers who made an outstanding contribution to Irish Scholarship, through both written and sung word. Today, a plaque is on display in Glenosheen to mark their birthplace.