About Ballyhoura

Ballyhoura Map

Situated at the crossroads of Munster, on the borders of counties Limerick, Cork & Tipperary, Ballyhoura Country 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.

Ballyhoura Country will provide you with the opportunity to 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 Park, listening to its fascinating history. Experience local culture at the crossroads dancing, the Kilmallock agricultural mart, a hurling game or an evening of road bowling.

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. Other activities include clay bird shooting, paragliding, kayaking and orienteering plus much much more.

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For adrenaline seekers experience all the thrills of the hills as you go mountain biking on the Ballyhouras, Irelands very first dedicated mountain biking centre, with over 90 km of world-class purpose-built trails, or book in for action-packed activities at Ballyhass Lakes including kayaking, rock climbing, archery or even axe throwing.

Or, if you’d prefer a spot of fishing, the salmon and wild brown trout fishing on the river Awbeg and Funcheon or Ballyhass Lakes will catch the fancy of even the most ardent angler.

One of the best ways to soak up the beauty of this magical country, and the warmth and hospitality of its people, is on foot. There is a wide array of walkways to choose from, Ballyhoura Country has actually 450 km of waymarked walks & loops including the famous Ballyhoura Way.

As the sun goes down why not check out what’s on at the Friar’s Gate Theatre in Kilmallock before you check in to one of the areas family fun hotels, charming farmhouses, bed & breakfasts or self-catering accommodation.

There is something for everyone in Ballyhoura Country..... Come and have a look for yourself!