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Ballyhoura is an area in southern Co. Limerick close to the county’s boarders with Co. Cork and Co. Tipperary. Trident Holiday Homes offers Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges in Ballyorgan, deep in the heart of this wooded countryside and yet only an hour from Limerick City. This fertile part of Ireland is known as 'The Golden Vale' and is comprised of rolling green pastures, woodlands, hills and mountains.
The Ballyhoura Food Fair takes place (May - Aug) each Bank Holiday Monday in Kilmallock, 10am - 3pm. The fair features up to thirty artisan food producers from the Ballyhoura Counrty Area and further afield.
Ballyhoura Forest is a real haven for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. It is home to Ireland’s largest mountain biking trail network which has a variety of interconnecting, looped trails which are suitable for all level of cyclist. The nearby Kilfinane Outdoor Adventure Education Centre offers MTB skill lessons to get complete beginners started however these are subject to availability so please call well in advance to book.
The centre offers a wide variety of other outdoor activities including kayaking, raft building, rock climbing and abseiling. Both the Ballyhoura Mountains and the nearby Galtee Mountains are ideal for hiking and orienteering. There is a good choice of marked walkways and tracks such as the Ballyhoura Way. For those looking to grow their confidence on the mountains, Kilfinane Outdoor Adventure Education Centre runs courses in mountain skills.
Other outdoor activities on offer locally include clay bird shooting at the Lazy Dog Clay Bird Shooting Centre, off roading at Munster 4x4, quad biking at Glen Quads, karting at Limerick Karting, paintballing at Combat Zone and horse riding at a variety of local equestrian centers. There is good angling available in the Rivers Funcheon, Shannon, Awbeg, Mulcair, Maigue and Deel.
Equestrian activities are particularly popular in this part of Ireland and there is a strong hunting tradition in the area. The Limerick Harriers, Scarteen, Duhallow and Tipperary Hunts all operate locally during the hunting season between October and March. Racing enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice by all the race courses in the area which include Limerick Racecourse, Clonmel Racecourse, Cork Racecourse, Thurles Racecourse and Tipperary Racecourse.
The area is also the birth place of the steeplechase race when in 1752, two friends who wanted to settle a bet organised a race from the steeple of the church at Buttevant to that of St. Mary’s in Doneraile, hence the name. There are also a number of greyhound tracks including the Limerick, Thurles, Clonmel and Cork Track.
There is a strong cultural scene in Ballyhoura with traditional Irish set dancing classes and dance nights available at a variety of locations such as The Green Wood Inn, Ardpatrick. There are also ‘Rambling Nights’ held in Ballinvreena, Colmanswell, Ballyclough, Lough Gur and The Village Inn, Churchtown. These are a great night’s entertainment and comprise of story telling and poetry readings.
Ballyhoura has an extremely rich heritage and a wealth of historical visitor attractions on offer. The medieval walled town of Kilmallock, just 25 minutes drive from our Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges, was founded in the 6th century and its original round tower remains together with the town gates while many of the main street buildings date back to Elizabeth I and James I. The town’s museum is housed within the 19th century workhouse and famine memorial park. Other heritage sites of interest in the area include the Hilltop Fort on Carron Mountain in Ballyorgan, Rathcannon Castle in Athlacca, Rockstown Castle in Fedamore and Liscarroll Castle to name but a few.
Our self catering accommodation in Ballyhoura is the ideal base from which to explore this diverse part of Ireland and enjoy the many activities on offer in the surrounding area.
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