Ballyhoura Re-opening

To help visitors to plan ahead, Ballyhoura created a list of local attractions, activities, accommodation & hospitality providers that have reopened since the Covid-19 closure. The list is updated regularly and newly reopened businesses are added daily.

Tourist Attractions & Visitors Centres

Lough Gur & Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Lough Gur Museum and Interpretative Centre is open:

✔️ Weekdays 10am to 5pm

✔️ Weekends 12pm to 6pm

Lough Gur Tours are available from 20th July 2020 and available to BOOK ONLINE NOW.

There is a core team of approximately 10 trained guides who can show the most historical sites in the area and who will pass on their knowledge in a friendly and informative manner.

Doneraile Wildlife Park & Doneraile Court & Pleasure Garden

Doneraile Court Tours re-opened to the public from 10am with the following restrictions:

✔️ Queuing system outside at the Cafe area (Cafe not yet open).

✔️ Strictly 4 people per tour.

✔️ Please arrive 10 minutes before tour time.

✔️ Public toilets are situated at the main car park beside the playground.

✔️ Guided tour only on the hour from 10am to 5pm.

✔️ Tours will take 30 minutes approx of the refurbished ground floor.

✔️ Ticketed visitors can also now visit the 18th and 19th-century walled gardens.

✔️ Contactless payment preferred.

✔️ Queries donerailecourt@opw.ie 022 24771.


Doneraile Wildlife Park is free to enter the attraction and is open to the public as per official opening hours.

FREE Guided Tours Of Doneraile Historic Gardens

Here are the dates of the upcoming dates for Guided Tours of The historic gardens of The Doneraile Estate.

✔️ Sunday 12th & 26th July

✔️ Sunday 9th & 23rd August

✔️ Sunday 13th & 27th September

Please assemble at the playground Carpark 2.30 where you will meet with the tour guide of the day and hear the interesting story of how the Gardens Of The Doneraile Estate were formed over 400years ago and hear how they are being restored today.

Tours can be also arranged for groups and visitors, contact Doneraile Online Facebook Page.

Mitchelstown Caves

Mitchelstown Cave will reopen on the 29th of June from 10 am to 4.45 pm. Entry to the cave will be by bookings only.

Booking office hours 10:30 am to 5 pm.

Say Hello To Ireland Tours -Local guided tours of Medieval Kilmallock and Bruff .

Old Irish Ways - Museum of an impressive collection of antique, historical and novel items dating from Pre-Famine times to more nostalgic items from our more recent past. Open for bookings.

Lazy Dog Shooting Ground - pre-bookings required.

The Donkey Sanctuary - is currently closed !! for the public.

Ballyhoura Gardens & Garden Centres

Coolwater Garden - Strictly advance booking only, for tours at 11 am & 2.30 pm. Visits last for two hours.

Terra Nova Garden & Fairy Gift Shop -Open daily in July & August from 11am - 5pm (last entry at 4pm). All visits must be pre-booked, call 089 4028591 anytime between 10am and 4pm.

Ahern Nurseries & Plant Centre - Open 9.30am to 6pm Mon to Sat. Closed Sunday.

Rockbarton Garden Centre - Open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. It's all outdoors so easy for keeping our social distance.

Just Roses - Open 7 days a week 10 am till dusk

Hennessy's Nurseries - Open 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6pm on Sundays.

Walking, Biking & Other Outdoor Activities

Ballyhoura Forest & Mountain Bike Trails

Coillte's forest parks are all open including all waymarked walking trails and mountain bike trails.

Download Ballyhoura Trails Guide App to guide you through the loop walks of Ballyhoura.

Ballyhoura Trailriders Mountain Bike Hire & Sales - Trailriders Shop is open, bike sales, routine servicing and rentals are available.

Britton Outdoors - book your guided walk of Ballyhoura and Galtee mountains.

Yoga Walks Ireland - Caroline from Yoga Walks Ireland has the following events coming up and available to book:

- Canon Sheehan Yoga Walk 16th August 2020

- Full Corn Moon Yoga Walk 2nd September 2020

Ballyhass Lakes Adventure Centre

Learn to Kayak mornings
Every Sunday from 10am - designed for all, family groups, kids only and adult groups each morning. Prebookings are necessary!

Kids Summer Camps available to book ONLINE: Learn Kayaking or Rock Climbing Kids Courses

Open Axe Throwing Nights - every Friday night. The Axexpert coaches are on-site every Friday ready to teach any would-be axe thrower.

Wakepark and Aquapark open for booking.

Other Adventures

Horse Riding in Ballyhoura:

Ballyhoura Horse Trekking

Boskill Equestrian Centre & Trekking

Hillcrest Equestrian Centre

Introduction to Mountain Biking in Ballyhoura with Ballyhoura Beo - a beginner-friendly Mountain Bike Introduction sessions where new skills are introduced in a fun learning environment.

Kilmallock Cycling Hub - The cycling hub in Kilmallock offers quiet country roads along some of the most scenic and beautiful countryside in Ireland

Golf Courses

All golf clubs in the Ballyhoura region are open. Please, make sure you book your tee time in advance!

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