Relax & Unwind
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs
When you want to relax after your hectic week, you might close your eyes and imagine yourself overlooking beautiful hills in a quiet countryside, listening to sounds of bird's singing and relaxing in one fo the cosy places outside the city life. It’s easy to experience these moments in Ballyhoura!
There is no WIFI in the woods but Yoga Walks Ireland promises you a better connection. The yoga walks are outdoors in nature and are less about doing and more about feeling. You will feel truly immersed, engaging the senses and you will make connections on an emotional, physical, spiritual and social level, creating lasting memories.
The walk will include heightening your 6 senses while walking along the woodland, mountain terrain, rivers and old ancestral features from Galty Castle. You will stop along the 2km route to enjoy traditional standing yoga asana, dance, mantra, breathwork, fun, mindfulness, meditation, mudras – all the while following the theme of the walk. An outdoor picnic will be enjoyed at the end of each walk.
Patrick Mulcahy aka The Mindful Farmer is holding a unique mindfulness and meditation weekend RetrEATs at his Ballinwillin House & Farm.
Pat created a “Thinking Path” on the grounds of Ballinwillin House Farm and in 2018 he added a holistic garden with areas dedicated to mindfulness, meditation and forgiveness. He has a huge interest in health and well being and is an advocate for nourishing the mind and body.
Ballinwillin House and Accommodation is a luxurious accommodation full of character and charm. The 18th-century country house is situated on the edge of Mitchelstown and is set in 80 acres of rich pastureland.
You are welcome to roam free with the deer and enjoy a birds-eye view of the flora and fauna while enjoying true artisan food and a homely atmosphere.
"Visit and fall in love" is a motto of the very special place in Ballyhoura - The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland. It is an Open Farm nestled in the beautiful hillsides, outside Liscarroll village. Take a stroll along beautiful walkways, enjoy a picnic in the secure picnic area or buy a snack at the Visitor Information Centre.
The admission and parking are both free. The farm is a charity dependent on the support of the public, so visitors are able to see their work free of charge but donations are very welcome. It is open 7 days a week!
While you are in the area it's worth to visit Mitchelstown Caves, one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. It was discovered accidentally on the 3rd of May 1833, by Michael Condon who was quarrying limestone when he dropped his crowbar into a crevice. He stooped down to pull out a few boulders to retrieve the bar, next minute he found himself looking down into a vast series of underground chambers, passages and caverns.
Ballyhoura is famous for its nature walks and numerous waymarked looped walks meaning there is something for everyone. To find your trails starting point and detailed information about the loop download our Ballyhoura Trails Guide App available from both Apple & Google Play stores.
The Ballyhoura Nature Trail, located at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails is a 40 minute 5km investigation of over 20 hidden creatures in the woods that you can uncover on the walk.
There are numerous accommodation providers across Ballyhoura and they all provide a warm welcome and excellent facilities for walkers. Deebert House Hotel in Kilmallock, Ballyhoura Hostel in Kilfinane, Park South Self Catering Cottage and B&B and much more! Charleville Park Hotel has also own Leisure Centre with sauna, jacuzzi & steam room.
The Mustard Seed Country House and Restaurant combines country house luxury with award-winning cuisine, perfect for visitors in need of recharging. Nestled in the heart of the Golden Vale, overlooking the rustic village of Ballingarry the restaurant is legendary with superb food and quintessential country house hospitality.
Sitting on twelve acres of manicured lawns, orchard and a working kitchen garden, it is an eclectic, heritage hideaway and the perfect venue for romantic escapes, special occasions or just for recharging holiday.
It is close to Lough Gur Lake, one of Ireland’s finest archaeological and historical gems.
Ballyhoura is lucky to have some of the best retreat centres in the country!
Nano Nagle Birthplace provides tranquillity and spirituality and is the perfect location for those looking for some time out in a natural peaceful setting. The centre’s mission is to promote a vision of eco-spirituality - the natural interconnectedness of everything, which leads to personal transformation and a sense of responsibility to our earth and to all living beings. Their base is a 32 acre certified organic farm with dining facilities and self-catering accommodation that operates to the highest environmental standards.
Tigh Roy, Ionad Cultúrtha is many things to many people, but one thing all visiting groups have in common is the sheer pleasure and gratitude they express having spent time at Tigh Roy. It offers exceptional studio space and accommodation with panoramic views of the Glen of Aherlow and its impressive Galtee Mountains. Over the years, Tigh Roy, Ionad Cultúrtha has hosted a diverse range of events and groups, including yoga, meditation, creative writing & mindfulness retreats.
Grove Wellness Centre B&B is a family run Country home, very centrally situated, outside the tranquil village of Shanballymore in the Ballyhoura Countryside of North Cork.
It boasts of a mature tree-lined avenue, landscaped gardens and acres of rich agricultural farmland. It is the perfect getaway destination along with being an ideal comfortable home for any business person or traveller on the move for short or long term stays.
The property has a wellness centre, built and converted on the original family home. It offers a wide range of holistic and therapeutic packages, wellness programmes, weekends & day retreats.