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Golden Vale Drive
Start: Kilmallock
Finish: Ballylanders
Distance: 112km

This sweeping drive will introduce you to the natural features that gave The Golden Vale its evocative name. From the level pasturelands to the north, to the foot of the highest inland mountain, Galtymore (3015ft) by Griston Bog, you will pass from picturesque countryside through the medieval town of Kilmallock and around Lough Gur, famous for its many archaeological sites. The signposted driving route weaves through the villages and towns of Kilmallock, Bruree, Bruff, Croom, Lough Gur, Ballyneety, Pallas Grean, Emly, Galbally, Kilfinane and Ballylanders.

Every twist in the road reveals a landscape rich in history, lore and legend.

The Living land audio CD, available from the Ballyhoura Office in Kilfinane is your personal guide unravelling the mysteries and tales of these ancient lands.

Lough Gur- one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe renowned for its continuous habitation spanning over 3000 years
Kilmallock- medieval town fortified in 1375 with five impressive towers hints at the wealth of this once thriving town. Buildings of note include the Dominican Priory established in 1291, Johns Castle a 15th century Peel Tower and the 16th century Stone Mansion.
Galbally- the quaint market square has been the focus of village life since the early 1800s, when horses from the Bianconi company pulled mail coaches to stables on the northern side of the square. Darbys Bed and Moor Abbey are two historical sites of importance.
• Bruree- Home to former President of Ireland Eamonn De Valera, the former school house he attended as a young boy houses an interesting collection of his personal belongings alongside items recording early 20th century life.