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Idyllic Retreat - Escape to the countryside

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A private residence nestled in its own grounds of 2 acres, in the heart of the Irish countryside, offering comfortable, peaceful and uplifting surroundings to relax, and recharge. Good for walkers, writers, photographers, nature lovers. The most relaxing place you could ever wish to stay, no noise pollution and no light pollution. Only an hour to Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, 40 minutes to Cork. Fantastic fishing nearby and the most perfect countryside for all outdoor pursuits.

The house is perfect for family groups of up to 4 and has a lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere. You are assured of a very high standard not often found in holiday lets. Designed as our family home and only available for holiday rentals until we return to Ireland.

Park View is a recently updated bungalow, retaining the wonderful old charm of an Irish cottage yet with modern facilities including wi-fi. It is the perfect base to see the numerous attractions of Southern Ireland. Located in a charming farming village, with two pubs and a local shop for all your convenience and a number of great restaurants less than 10 minutes away.

A night in Park View is a wonderful home from home, with no noise, no light pollution and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Ideal for families, couples, anglers, walkers, star gazers, artists and people with interests in water sports.

Suitable for those with mobility problems.

Heating as necessary, hot water on tap, facilities for clothes washing.

Full access to site, free parking for several vehicles.

Важная информация
Travelling to Ballyclough, County Cork

Travelling to Ireland

Airports. - International
Cork Airport (31 miles. 50 mins to BallyClough)
Kerry Airport (39 miles 1 hr to BallyClough)
Shannon Airport (54 miles 1hr 9mins to Ballyclough)
Dublin Airport (158 miles 2hrs 50mins to BallyClough)

Car Rental Facilities available from these airports.
Ferries from U.K.
Fishguard to Rosslare. (125miles 2.45mins to Ballyclough)
Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (156miles 2.53hr to BallyClough)
Internal Flights
Despite its small land area Ireland has many airports. You can travel on internal flights via these airports. Most are very small and serve only Dublin.

Two airlines serve domestic airports for internal flights, Ryanair and AER Aran.

For visiting the SouthWest County of Cork there are internal flights from Dublin.


Local Amenities

There are 2 public houses in Ballyclough, Fitzgerald’s near the Community Centre and Deadys. Both pubs are less than 10 minutes walk from the cottage.

Ballyclough has a Community Centre which often hosts events, there is also a very safe playground with swings, frames, slides etc for younger children. Both again within 10 minutes walk of cottage.

There is a local convenience shop with friendly staff again within short walking distance. They have a good selection of groceries and other commodities for everyday requirements.


Travelling out of Ballyclough

In order to visit more distant events and attractions a car would be desirable, either your own or rental.

However for those without or for nights out to Mallow which is 7 miles away, or to travel to the Mallow train station local taxis can be booked. Phone numbers can be obtained from the House Manual.

Cork City is a 40 minute car drive away


Travelling by Train

The train station in Mallow is located in Annabella, just outside Mallow. It is on the Dublin - Cork Railway line and the Suburban Rail, (Cork Kent, Cobh and Midleton).

Rail Air Lines
Passengers can travel direct from Mallow to Farranfore for Kerry Airport.
Passengers can travel via Limerick junction & Limerick for Bus connection to Shannon Airport.

Travel Times
Dublin (Heuston) to Cork 2hr 50mins
Dublin (Heuston) to Mallow. 2hr 13mins

Mallow to Cork, Kent. 25 mins
Mallow to Cobh 55 mins
Mallow to Tralee (Kerry) 1 hr 38 mins
Mallow to Killarney 60 mins


Counties in Ireland

The Area
Lots to see and do...
Ideally situated for touring Southern Ireland and the Ring of Kerry.  Close to many attractions, warm Irish hospitality,fishing and racing.  See "attractions" for more details.

County Cork
County Cork is the island’s largest county. Sprawling all over the south-west. This is the county that takes in everything from Cork city to some of the island’s most fertile farmland, its wildest peninsulas and its most colourful islands. It even has its own black stuff (or Murphy’s stout, if you prefer).

Touring Cork is a tale of one town running into the next, with each as individual in character as the next. There is the gourmet getaway of Kinsale, the market town of Skibbereen, the bustling hub of Clonakilty.

And then there are long stretches of wilderness, such as the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, bothered by little but the wind whistling through the abandoned Atlantic Copper Mines.

County Kerry
County Kerrys mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas.

Killarney National Park, Nestling between Killarney and Kenmare, these 26,000 acres of woodland, mountains and lakes are a favourite with tourists and locals alike. The area was a particularly popular spot with Queen Victoria in the 19th century and her lodging, Muckross House still stands with all its furnishings intact. Overlooking Lough Leane, Ladies View provides one of the most spectacular displays of Kerry's landscape. The natural beauty of Torc Waterfall, Innisfallen Island and the dramatic MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range are a breath of fresh air for the soul. And then there's the famous Ring of Kerry route that showcases some of the most spectacular sights and quirkiest towns and villages that Kerry has to offer.

County Limerick
County Limerick sits in Ireland’s southwest. Beside the Shannon Estuary, the city of Limerick is home to the 13th-century King John’s Castle, on an island in the river. Nearby, the Hunt Museum displays a vast collection of art and antiquities in the old customs house. Southeast of here, archaeological sites like the Grange Stone Circle dot the countryside around Lough Gur, in the Ballyhoura Mountains.

County Limerick is mostly a land of quaint rural charm and tradition, by contrast the city of Limerick, a vibrant and bustling city of important cultural significance.

Apart from the rolling green mountains bordering County Tipperary, most of the Limerick countryside is low-lying farmland set besides the banks of the River Shannon. Set within this rural landscape is the picturesque village of Adare one of Ireland's prettiest villages with a selection of thatched cottages set beside the River Maigue. A few kilometres away is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites at Lough Gu with remains of a settlement from 5000 years ago.

Contrasting with the sleepy country villages, Limerick City is a busy and well-developed city, straddling the banks of the River Shannon. The city has an interesting history, founded by the Vikings, but taken over by the Irish, Limerick was developed and fortified by the Anglo-Normans during the middle ages. King John's Castle overlooking the river still stands as a reminder of this era.

The River Shannon plays an important role for Limerick, a few kilometres from the city along the estuary is the main port of Foynes, which for many years served as the main transatlantic seaplane base in Ireland.

The Adare, Limerick and Kerry areas are rich in game, coarse and sea angling, it offers a diverse choice of angling locations.

This area is rich in folk-lore, steeped in history and dotted with heritage sites and antiquities. For the angler or non angling companion(s) there are guided heritage and hill walking tours at a relaxed pace to such attractions as Adare, Lough Gur, Knockfierna or to the magical kingdom which is County Kerry.

County Clare
Clare is a county in western Ireland with terrain ranging from rolling countryside to craggy Atlantic coastline. The Burren, a uniquely rocky wilderness area, shelters Stone Age monuments and ancient churches, and atop the 213m-high Cliffs of Moher, O’Brien’s Tower offers sweeping ocean views. Outside the gateway town of Shannon, 15th-century Bunratty Castle and its folk park reenact medieval-era banquets.

Improbable landscapes like The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher hum with rare plants, puffin colonies and dolphins.

No Ireland bucket-list is complete without a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Part of a UNESCO Global Geopark and Special Protection Area, these iconic rock stars soar to heights of 214 metres (702 feet) at their highest and are home to over 20 species of seabirds. Signposted routes and nature trails make walking here a pleasure, as do the panoramic seascapes of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Twelve Bens mountains and the Dingle Peninsula. Insider tip: book online for the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience and you'll get the best rates, best times and guaranteed entry. Avoid the crowds and enjoy reduced rates if you visit before 11am or after 4pm.


Fishing in County Cork

Fishing in County Cork, Ireland?
County Cork is situated in the South West of Ireland and a Fishing Holiday in County Cork, Ireland offers anglers all types of fishing. Choose from fishing the lakes and stillwaters for coarse fish, rivers for sea trout and salmon or deep sea fishing for shark and wreck fishing.

What has County Cork in Ireland got to offer the fisherman?
Stillwater and lake fishing for coarse fishermen. Two popular waters are the Ballyhass Lakes in Mallow, County Cork and Inniscarra Lake at Coachford. Both offer good fishing. Inniscarra Lake is home to bream, rudd, hybrids, pike, perch, tench, carp and eels. Bream go to around 7lb and 100 lb catches of bream are common.

The game angler can cast his fly on the Argideen river for Sea trout and Salmon or try Salmon and trout fishing the Bandon river.

For sea anglers County Cork is a good venue for Deep Sea Fishing for shark and wreck fishing.

Sea fishing species include: sea trout, mullet, mackerel, pollack, whiting, garfish, wrasse, cod, ling, ray, conger eel, blue shark etc.

Even saltwater fly fishing from a boat is available


Walking and Cycling

Ireland is renowned for their excellent walking routes and visitors return year on year to embark upon one of the many i trails. Whether it is a coastal hike with dramatic cliff views and serene beaches, a walk through beautiful meadows and woodlands, or a gentle stroll along quaint country lanes you're looking for, South West Ireland has it all. Also the area is a cyclist’s paradise. Whether you ride for pleasure, convenience or fitness, there are routes to suit riders of all levels. Bring or Hire a bike, grab a picnic and discover the true beauty of this unique island. Pedal along quiet, cycle-friendly routes or established trails, pack your panniers with a picnics, or stop off at inviting coffee shops to refuel.

Walking in County Cork
County Cork covers much of Ireland’s southwest. Its capital, Cork, is known for St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a neo-Gothic structure with tall spires and stained-glass windows. Across the River Lee is the castle-like Cork City Gaol, built in the 19th century. Northwest of Cork is the 15th-century Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, which is said to give the “gift of the gab”, or eloquence, to those who kiss it.

Walking in Cork City
Start at the City Art Gallery, where the merchants lived and traded in times past as the city developed from the confines of its medieval walls. See how this city was built on the trading of Butter, meat and whiskey. The English Market is central to the food history of the city. Enjoy selected food tastings finishing at the Market in the city centre.

Walking in County Cork
There are plenty of family-friendly walks in Cork that cater to those who wish to spend their days outdoors.

The National Trails Office encourages trail users to apply the Leave No Trace principles:
1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Be considerate of others
3. Respect farm animals and wildlife
4. Travel and camp on durable ground 5. Leave what you find
6. Dispose of waste properly
7. Minimise the affects of fire

1. Carrigaline-to-Crosshaven Greenway

Carrigaline-to-Crosshaven is a gorgeous 5km path that runs along the beautiful inlet of Cork Harbour. The estuary, teeming with life, is tidal, so try to plan your walks around the tide! High tide brings an amazing view of the shining water around the lush green banks, whereas low tide drops the water down to expose the muddy ground below. However, low tide is an especially great time for birdwatchers to attend the walk, for everything from herons to wrens come down to feast on the worms in the mud.

Crosshaven is home to dozens of yachts and ships, so you will witness the large masts and hulls bobbing up and down in the harbour. As you continue the hike along the shoreline, you may choose to follow a marked track that leads up to Fort Camden, one of three forts that were built to protect Cork Harbour. This fort is open to the public for the summer months, so take your kids and give them a little taste of history! Fort Camden will also give you a panoramic view of the harbour, which is a stunning sight to behold.

There are also plenty of pubs, cafes, and ice cream parlours in Crosshaven for a post-walk treat with the family.

2. Glengarriff Nature Reserve – Esknamucky Walk

Also known as the High Walk, ascends through the woods of the Glengarriff Nature Reserve to give you amazing views over the brush and trees to see the mountains on the horizon. You will cross a stone bridge over the flowing Canrookska River (which is near a picnic area). Following the path, you will soon come to Glengariff’s Waterfall — a truly spectacular sight when it has just rained!

3. Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Ballycotton is a quaint fishing town that overlooks the Ballycotton Bay in the East of Cork. Their Cliff Walk takes you from their village to Ballyandreen beach along a coastal track where you are surrounded by vast meadows and the stunning cliffs and ocean of Ireland. This walk is about 10km long and you will get to look down at the waves crashing against the rocks as you gaze over the expansive ocean. The sea-breeze will clear your head and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and falcons that reside in this area!

This cliff walk is a spectacular walk for birdwatchers. There have been over 300 species of birds seen here, including waders, ducks, the Skylark, the Short-eared Owl, the Chough and the Peregrine.

Once you end the hike on Ballyandreen beach, have a picnic? This beach is a safe area for children to swim and it has plenty of sand to build sandcastles. And then, once you’re back in the village, stop at one of the many critically acclaimed seafood restaurants for some fish and chips! This hike is a very easy walk suitable for all ages, but, there are some stiles and rocky bits, so it is unfortunately not suited for bikes or buggies.

4. Gougane Barra Forest Park

The Gougane Barra Forest is a magnificent park that covers 339 acres in a gorgeous valley on the outskirts of the Sheehy mountains. This is a fantastic place to take your family to get away from the stresses of everyday life — and a particularly great place to get your kids to unplug from technology. The forest has towering pine trees and panoramic views over the valleys, hills, and lakes. Steeped in history, this park also has some family-friendly hikes to get your group up and active.
There are six walks in this park that are suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.

* The Slí Ghaorthaidh (0.5km, 30mins, multi-access): An easy nature trail that takes you to 10 different historical and natural spots.
* Sli Laoi (1.3km, 1hr, moderate): A walk that takes you along the Coomroe and follows the Lee to the head of the valley.
* Slí Doire Na Coise (1.8km, 45mins, easy): An easy stroll along the river Lee to the lake and then back.
* Slí an Easa (1.8km, 1.5hrs, strenuous): A bit more strenuous, this loop passes several flowing waterfalls to a viewing point under Tuarin Beag overlooking Coomroe Valley and Loch Ghuagan Barra and the amazing red mountain wall.
* Slí Sleibhe (2.5km, 2hrs, strenuous): This is the longest and most difficult of the walks in this park, so you might want to choose one of the more flat, shorter walks around the valley if you have small children with you! This path crosses the River Lee and gives you views of Maolach, the Carraigon an Phreacháin and the old Mass path from the Borlin Valley to St. Finbarr’s Oratory.
* Sli Com Rua (0.5kms, 30mins, moderate): These paths take you along stone steps and over a footbridge crossing a gurgling stream, through the dense forest of pine and spruce trees to reach the view of the whole Coomroe Valley and Gougane Barra lake.

5. Mount Hillary Loop

Peaceful stroll up Mount Hillary on forestry roads and trails. The 10km loop will take you and your family about three hours and will take you up to the mountain’s summit at 290m. At the summit, you will experience enchanting views across the valleys of Duhallow to the Mullaghareirk, Ballyhoura, Galtee and Derrynasaggart Mountains.

6. Beara Peninsula — Dursey Loop Walk

This peninsula is home to some of the most breathtaking lands in Ireland and one particular walk will even have you zooming over the ocean in a cable car!

The Dursey Loop Walk takes you over to the westernmost tip of the peninsula, Dursey Island — a beautiful, remote island surrounded by the shimmering water of the Atlantic Ocean. A cable car (originally intended to transport the people of the island and their animals safely over to the mainland) takes you over to the island where you can pick up the trail.

Amazing views of the sea, cliffs of the island, the peninsula, and Kerry await you on the trail. The loop is about 14km, so it would take the average family about 3.5 to 4 hours to complete. The sense of isolation only adds to the beauty of the island, and the fresh sea air will rejuvenate you and your family. But, be sure to not miss the last cable car home!

For more information on the trail and the cable car schedule, visit Beara Tourism.

7. Kinsale to Charles Fort Coastal Walk

Is an easy 5.5km route along the coast of south Cork, giving you spectacular views of the coastline. The town of Kinsale itself has great activities for families, including deep sea angling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing trips. So, before you start your walk, you could participate in an adventurous morning filled with watersports!

The walk then takes you all the way to Charles Fort, a seventeenth-century Irish fort. Simply take a walk around it or opt for one of their guided tours!

8. Seven Heads Walk: Timoleague to Courtmasherry

The Seven Heads Peninsula encompasses incredible cliffs and extensive shoreline overlooking a magnificent sea. The entire walking path connecting the villages of Timoleague and Courtmacsherry is 42.5km, but, if you’re not up for it all in one go, there are plenty of shorter sections to enjoy.

Many hikers start this trek from the carpark overlooking Courtmasherry village, beginning their journey through dense woodland filled with beautiful varieties of flora and fauna. You will soon make your way to the shoreline connecting Dunworley Bay, Barrryscove, Ardgehane and Ballinglanna, soaking in the crisp sea air and amazing views along the way.

9. Courtmacsherry to Ballinglanna

If you are looking for a walk that encapsulates the West Cork coastline in a manageable distance, then set your sights on the path from Courtmacsherry to Ballinglanna. This 24km route takes on rocky cliffs, serene beaches, lush farmland and quaint villages. A perfect choice for birdwatchers, this path also plays host to some extremely rare birds, such as the choughs and the little egret.

10. South Wild Atlantic

At the southernmost stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Haven Coast offers up endless calming landscapes and dramatic coastlines. From idyllic Bantry Bay to historic Skibbereen and of course lively Kinsale, discover unspoilt territories and hidden coves as you amble through County Cork’s array of charming towns and villages on a number of looped walking routes.

Walks in captivating Cork are like nothing you've experienced before thanks to its rolling vistas, stunning cliffs and remote yet mesmerising peninsulas. 

Among the Haven Coast’s many routes are the delightful Sheep’s Head Loops, which wind around the wild and secluded Sheep’s Head Peninsula, where you’ll manoeuvre through the base of the area’s soaring cliffs, pass gorgeous lakes like Lough Akeen, and even explore the old lighthouse that marks the tip of beautiful Bantry Bay.

Or if you fancy an offshore adventure, be sure to make your way by ferry to Cléire – Clear Island. In this Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region, you’ll not only hear the lilting tones of the Irish language being spoken - you'll also find trails like the Gleann and Cnoicin’s Loops walking routes which showcase the rich history and cultural heritage that this serene island has to offer. The Gleann Loop in particular is one of the Wild Atlantic Way's best spots for watching whales and dolphins too. No doubt glimpsing a fin in these crystalline waters is the icing on the cake after roaming this awe-inspiring terrain. 
These are just some of the many regional Cork walks in the enchanting Haven Coast .
Whatever region you choose to explore, there’s a delightful selection of routes waiting, no matter what your level of fitness.

11. Drimoleague Heritage

Drimoleague, which was once the busiest railway junction in West Cork with no fewer than three platforms, has now become the hub of walking networks in the area. Hence the title The Walker’s Junction of West Cork.

Here the well-acclaimed Sheep’s Head Way converges with the six Drimoleague Heritage Walkways, and then continues northwards to Kealkill. St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Way, a 37km ancient pilgrim path to St Finbarr’s hermitage at Gougane Barra, also starts here.

The Dunmanway network of walks are accessible from Drimoleague and, with a few green road stretches, you can find your way to the walks at Carrigfadda, near Rosscarbery. Skibbereen is just 13km away, with Lough Hyne, Baltimore and other coastal walks within driving distance.

Drimoleague Heritage Loop
An energetic loop walk combining village landscape, hilltop panorama, woodland and riverbank. This walk has a number of Memorial Benches. Take a while to sit, enjoy the peace and reflect on the people of the area whose lives are commemorated. As you walk along the river, note the heronry in the trees, and watch out for dippers and kingfishers.

Starting point: The Railway Yard, Drimoleague
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 3.5km
Difficulty: Easy but the pathway is steep in a few places.
Direction: Anti-clockwise

Moyny Bridge Walk
A pleasant walk along banks of the Ilen River, with some lovely views on your return journey. Money Bridge is a fine double arched bridge. When it was blown up in the troubled times a temporary footbridge was erected west of it and the river was forded by horses and carts bringing butter to the fair. It has always been a meeting place, and the new amenity area brings this custom back. The old weir, up the river from the bridge, carries many a tale of days gone by. Its system of tanks, pipes and filters can still be seen. As you walk notice the fine specimens of ferns along the path and look out for tree-creepers, tiny birds combing the bark for insects and larve.

Starting point: The Railway Yard, Drimoleague
Duration: 1 hour 15 mins
Distance: 2.5km
Difficulty: Easy
Direction: Clockwise

Glanatnaw Walk
A long countryside walk in a beautiful natural environment which features points of historical interest. This walk starts at Moyny Bridge and bears to the left in the direction of Bantry. Along the roadside, the combination of stonewalls and sheltered woodland makes for a great diversity of flowers and foliage from spring to autumn.

Starting point: Moyny Bridge, ending at Glandarta Bridge
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Distance: 6.9km
Difficulty: Easy
Direction: Linear

Trawlebane Walk
Gentle countryside and hill walk with beautiful views and cultural, archaeological and historical points of interest. The riverbank and the little neck of land created by the changed course of the river are a glorious sight in spring when bluebells carpet the ground.

Notice the plaque at Trawlebane Bridge, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Captain Francis O’Neill. Originally from Trawlebane, Francis O’Neill went on to become a Captain in the Chicago Police and was an accomplished fiddler. In 1903 he published ‘O’Neill’s Music of Ireland’ which is still considered to be the most authoritative collection of traditional Irish melodies in a single volume.

Starting point: Glandarta Bridge, finishing at Vaughan’s Pass
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins
Distance: 7km
Difficulty: Easy on roads, footing can be soft on hill.
Direction: Westwards

Schronacarton Walk
This pleasant stroll starts at the Railway Yard and takes you through Drimoleague’s history leading to a restful amenity area at the mall. Along the route you will see the Holy Year Cross (1950) on the Cnocanín, the highest point of the village. Near this cross is a curious phenomenon of which there are very few in the country. It is a ring fort, but rectangular in shape. Word has it that soldiers camped here in connection with events at Castledonovan.

Starting point: The Railway Yard, Drimoleague
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins (there and back)
Distance: 1.5km
Difficulty: Easy
Direction: Eastwards, linear

Deelish Cascades Walk
Leaving Castledonovan Bridge, walk the old path along the banks of the Ilen River, with its cascades, cliffs and patchwork field systems. A beautiful riverside walk following the course of the Ilen river until it emerges at Gurteeniher North to follow a quiet country road to Ahanafunsion bridge. The old village of Gurteeniher ran westwards from the present road. It was depopulated at the time of the famine. Today it is once again a busy place with Glenilen Farm producing award winning dairy mousse, yoghurt, cream and old-fashioned country butter. This artisan dairy business is a good example of local sustainable business in a rural area.

Starting point: Castledonovan Bridge car park
Duration: 2 hours (there and back)
Distance: 3km
Difficulty: Easy, well surfaced, but beware of flash floods
Direction: Linear, southwards and back

Alpaca Walk at Waterfall Farm
A gentle stroll with a chance to meet the alpacas – perfect walk for all the family. Along the route you will pass waterfalls and standing stones but as you start the Alpaca Walk at the school, take a moment to consider that you are walking down what was once the main road to Drimoleague. Imagine the hustle and bustle of market day in times gone by.

Starting point: Castledonovan Bridge car park (Cars or bikes are not allowed on lane)
Duration: Approx 1 hour (but more if you have time)
Distance: 1km
Difficulty: Easy, suitable for children, but care to be taken of them near water.
Direction: Clockwise

Glanaclohy Walk
An invigorating loop walk featuring magnificent hilltop views over Bantry Bay. This walk takes you up an old bog road, beside rushing streams, two lakes and the huge erratic rocks after which Glanaclohy is named. You can visit the old homestead of George the Sky, so called because his house was situated so near the sky, and wonder what it was like for him and his family in days gone by.

Starting point: Castledonovan Bridge car park
Duration: Approx 3 hours (there and back)
Distance: 9.5km
Difficulty: Challenging, but a sound surface
Direction: Clockwise

Mealagh Valley Walk
Starting near Coomanore Lough, the Mullaghmesha to Kealkill walk offers breathtaking views, history and heritage. Along the way, look out for an ancient crab apple tree growing atop a large rock. There is a fine heathland on these old red sandstone hills with the pink and purple flowers of bell heather and ling. You may be lucky enough to see or hear the relatively rare red grouse with its harsh call of ‘go-back go-back go-back’.

Starting point: Near Coomanore Lough
Duration:3 hours 30 mins
Distance: 12km
Difficulty: Challenging, on hills, footing can be soft. Easier on the roadways.
Direction: Northwards

Glanbannoo Walk
An invigorating walk on bog road, valley and ridge with Loch Bofinna near its end. Starting at Coomanore point near the Lough, this walk continues westwards to meet the Bantry-Drimoleague section of the Sheep’s Head Way at Trawlebane Bridge.

Starting point: Coomanore Point
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Distance: 5.5km
Difficulty: Moderate, mostly on track or road.
Direction: Westwards

St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Way
Stretching from the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague, to Gougane Barra, at a distance of 37km, this two day walk follows in the footsteps of St Finbarr who visited Drimoleague in the 6th century. The walk passes through Kealkill, taking in part of the Carriganass walks on the way. The walk is challenging in places.

12. Blackwater Way Walks

The Blackwater Way comprises two sections, Avondhu and Duhallow.

This varied trail includes the lower slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains and it drops through the green lanes and boreens of sparsely populated hill farms to the historic settlements and rich farms and woodlands of the Blackwater Valley.

It rises again on to the slopes of the Nagle Hills, where there are superb views over the Munster plains, then to Shrone, just north of the Paps Mountains, which offers a contrast of wild bog, mountain, forest roadways, glens, lakes, rivers and stretches of beautiful isolation.

The area abounds in wildlife and wild flowers when in their season.

Section 1 – Clogheen to the Hare’s Gap (Monaminane) – Hard
Section 2 - Clogheen to the Hare’s Gap (Monaminane) – Easy
Section 3 – The Hare’s Gap (Monaminane) to Araglin – Moderate
Section 4 – Araglin to Mountain Barracks – Easy
Section 5 – Mountain Barracks to Kilworth – Easy
Section 6 – Kilworth to Fermoy – Easy
Section 7 – Fermoy to Ballyhooly – Easy
Section 8 – Ballyhooly to Killavullen – Easy
Section 9 – Killavullen to Ballynamona – Easy
Section 10 – Ballynamona to Bweeng – Easy
Section 11 – Bweeng to Nad Bog – Easy
Section 12 – Nad Bog to Macroom/Millstreet Road – Moderate
Section 13 – Macroom/Millstreet Road to Millstreet – Moderate
Section 14 – Millstreet to Croohig’s Crossroads (Ballydaly) – Easy
Section 15 – Croohig’s Crossroads (Ballydaly) to Shrone - Hard


The Blackwater Way is a long-distance trail that follows the valley of the River Blackwater in Ireland. It is 168 kilometres (104 miles) long and begins in Clogheen, County Tipperary and ends in Shrone, County Kerry. It is typically completed in ten days or can be undertaken in sections. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council it consists of two trails – the Avondhu Way between Clogheen and Bweeng, County Cork and the Duhallow Way between Bween and Shrone – which have been combined to form the Blackwater Way.

The Avondhu Way section crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains to reach the town of Fermoy and then crosses the northern flanks of the Nagles Mountains to reach Bweeng via Ballyhooly and Ballynamona. The Duhallow Way section crosses the Boggeragh and Derrynasaggart Mountains to reach Shrone via Millstree.

Mallow, Bweeng Loop

Bweeng & Laharn Loop
6.71 miles

Bweeng and Laharn Mountains
6.84 miles

Mallow, Fiddane Wood Loop
4.58 miles

44th Loop Mt. Hillary
Ballymaquirk Bridge
4.37 miles

Mount Hillary
Ballymaquirk Bridge
6.69 miles

Cycling in Cork and Kerry

From short loop routes to multi day scenic tours, Ireland has some of the best cycle routes in the world and is perfect for cycle holidays. With more and more official cycle trails being developed, a variety of off road greenways on offer and approx 99,000km of roads, the choice is endless. Whether it’s a short cycle around a lake, a guided tour, a quick urban loop, a self guided tour, to longer single to multi day cycles along the coast or taking on some of the best scenic cycle routes in Ireland such as the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, the Lake Lands or the many loop routes on Ireland’s coastal peninsula’s, you are spoilt for choice. 

For the size of Ireland, it has more roads than most countries in the world. Ideally it has nearly 80,000km of surfaced local county roads, which in many cases are perfect for cycling with few cars and great scenic views. These local roads in addition to the off-road Greenways currently available and in development can make Ireland into one of the best tourist destinations in the world for cyclists and cycle holidays. 

The temperate climate means Ireland is a perfect year round cycle destination for adventure tourists.

Be prepared!
Safety comes first on a cycle, no matter how easy. Check the weather, leave word of where you’re going and when you’ll be back, and pack smart!
On EASY routes, bring a phone (fully charged), helmet (every time — no excuses), high-viz vests, water and snacks, a mini bike pump and puncture repair kit/two spare tubes, sunscreen, shades and light waterproofs.
On MODERATE routes, bring the above plus padded cycling shorts/bibs, cash for pit-stops along the way, high-energy snacks (banana, nuts, protein bars).
On HARD routes, bring the above, but also consider cycling gloves, a proper jersey (that back pocket comes in handy) and an extra lightweight layer (something small that can fold into that back pocket).

The Cork to Crosshaven Loop. Return route takes in off-road cycling and wonderful scenery

* Route: Cork city to Crosshaven return: Cork - Passage West - Crosshaven - Carrigaline - Cork
* Grade: 2
* Distance: 52km
* Height gain: 472m
* Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
* Verdict: Off-road cycling for 50 per cent of the time. Beside the sea.
* Start/finish: Victoria Road, Cork city centre. There are several public car parks in the city centre. The closest to the start point is City Hall car park. This relatively short route can be knocked out in easily under three hours, or slightly longer if you stop along the way.

Cycling in Killarney National Park
There are many Cycling Trails in Killarney here are some great ones :

1. Cycle Muckross and Dinis Cottage
This route is more or less flat, its 10 miles / 16 km and very scenic. You will pass the Magnificent Abbey that is Muckross Abbey (1448.AD), The Colleen Bawn Rock, Old Copper Mines, Brickeen Bridge, Dinis Cottage and the Meeting of the Waters. You can walk over the Old Weir Bridge its very scenic, Arbutus the Strawberry Tree grows here in abundance, when ripe it’s red otherwise you will find Yellow berries. Back on the bikes and you will arrive at the Main road with cars and buses so be careful. It’s about 500 meters before you arrive at Torc Waterfall. After visiting Torc Waterfall you can pass the toilets and go through the little tunnel under the road and you are back in the Park with no cars or buses.

After 500 meters on the left is Dundag Beach a freshwater beach, popular with locals in hot weather, next on the left is the Muckross Boathouse before you arrive at Muckross House & Gardens. After that, you are going to pass Muckross Abbey once again on the way back to the Muckross road Cycle path.

2. The Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe, starts at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, heading up the gap to the Head of the Gap, on to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, hop on a Boat with Bike travel 22 KM’s to Ross Castle. or alternatively go to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Muckross House by road.

3. Cycle to Ross Castle and the Old Copper Mines
Starting at Saint Mary’s Cathedral enter the National park through the big gates across the road, there is a beautiful Thatched Cottage called Deenagh lodge which is a tea room and serves refreshments. Pass the front door and straight down the hill until you see a small bridge, turn right and stay on the roadway until you eventually meet another turn go right and follow the signs for Ross Castle.

At Ross Castle, you can visit the Castle, take Boat trips on the Lakes, Visit Innisfallen Island, even hire your own boat to row around the Bay of Ross. If you cycle past the Castle you will arrive at the Old Copper Mines, look out for the green water in an old mine shaft. Governors Rock and Library Point are also worth a visit. The pathway becomes a dirt path so care is advised. If you are lucky enough to be here in Springtime you will see an abundance of Wild Garlic and Bluebells all over Ross Island.

Other Cycle Routes

Clonakilty/ Inchydoney
* Location: Co Cork
* Grade: 2/3
* Distance: 22km
* Height: 230m
* Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
* Verdict: Lovely coastal cycle; some tough hills (optional)

In the trendy West Cork town of Clonakilty near the Model railway Village. Cycle along the seafront in the direction of Inchydoney. Clonakilty Bay is a superb site for birdwatching and even if you’re not interested in godwits or egrets you have to marvel at the sight of a gliding grey heron. At the first junction, a spur to the left offers lovely views across the bay.

Going right at that junction brings you immediately to another junction. Go left for Inchydoney and its fabulous beaches and fine hotel. Note: A one-way system is in operation here. It’s a good idea to get off and wheel your bike to the end of the road.

Taking the same road back to the start is a lovely cycle in itself of about 8km and is perfect for youngsters or people a bit pedal-rusty.

For the fitter, press straight on until the next junction. Go left and left again towards Dunmore House Hotel. Pass the hotel with great views out to sea and go right after 1km. There is a short, hard climb here. Go left at the top of the hill and then right which brings you to a crossroads. Go right on a great downhill surge. Follow the signs back to Clonakilty.

Kilworth Circuit
* Location: Co Cork
* Grade: 3 (Average)
* Distance: 38km
* Height: 601m
* Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
* Verdict: Pastoral beaut

If leafy cycling with gurgling rivers is your thing, then try this route. It crosses the Kilworth Mountains which admittedly contains a toughish hill. Begin in the village of Kilworth to the east of Fermoy, Co Cork. Head south-east in the direction of Lismore and branch off to the left after 1km. This is simply a wonderful stretch of wooded road for 10km mostly accompanied by the Araglin river to the hamlet of the same name.

About-turn in the hamlet and take the second right which rises in the direction of Ballyporeen.

This is the aforementioned toughish hill which isn’t too severe but if push comes to shove, walk it. It’s worth it for the fabulous views behind of the Araglin Valley and ahead of the Galtee Mountains.

Once at the 300m summit there is a tremendous downhill blast on a reasonable surface to Ballyporeen — birthplace of former US president Ronald Reagan’s ancestors.

Now go left on the R665 towards Mitchelstown but branch off after 3km. Take the right option of two roads and continue for 4km where the road turns sharp left and an effortless cycle back to base.

Carrigrohane, Coachford Loop
* Location: Co Cork
* Grade: 2 (Quite easy)
* Distance: 39km
* Height: 363m
* Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
* Verdict: Nice rural cycle with unexpected views

Start at the Cork side of Ballincollig at the Angler’s Rest pub. This is a nice 39km cycle with a few hills to contend with but nothing too onerous. Head west and straight away take the left fork in the road, the R618. This road leads to the Inniscarra Dam through a lovely wood. It is popular with cyclists so drivers are well used to riders. Below the road the Lee can be seen meandering.

The village of Dripsey with its lovely old bridge materialises after 15km. Cross the bridge and swing left and a relatively flat section brings up the village of Coachford after another 3km. Take a sharp left here and cross the bridge and another sharp left once across. This quiet road skirts Farran Wood which is popular with walkers.
About 7km after the wood the road dips towards the N22. Take a minor road to the left and climb gently for 1km. There are great views below to the left of the Inniscarra reservoir. Continue downhill and take a left at a T-junction through a small wood before emerging at Ballincollig Park.

Youghal and River Blackwater Circuit
* Location: Counties Cork and Waterford
* Grade: 3 (Avarage)
* Distance: 50km
* Height: 608m
* Duration: 2.5 to hours
* Verdict: Wonderful

This is a glorious cycle through the woodlands at the mouth of the Blackwater — Ireland’s second longest river.

Starting point is on the Dungarvan side of Youghal, Co Cork just prior to the bridge that crosses the river.

Cycle towards the bridge but instead of crossing it go to the left. Straight away you are immersed in native woodland with dappled light dancing all around. Across the river is the 18th century mansion Ballynatray House where Stanley Kubrick filmed the period drama Barry Lyndon in the 1970s about an Irish court philanderer in the 1800s.
Staying on the L2004, the road climbs for a while before leveling off and bringing the rider on a fantastic downhill run through the woods. It emerges at the featureless Camphire Bridge.

Cross the bridge over the River Bride and soon you encounter the mighty Blackwater again with the road running alongside for a few kilometres.

Continue due north where shortly the lovely Cappoquin, Co Waterford looms into view. An old ruined railway bridge stands as a reminder to the way things once were.
Time for a coffee in the town before resuming southwards towards the birthplace of Irish Olympic silver medallist John Treacy. First though, cross the awesome sight of the 19th century Hindu, yes Hindu, bridge at Dromina.

Continue south for 10km to the village of Aglish and then Clashmore.
Continue south and go left at a fork after 2km. After another 2km go left at a crossroads and then on to the busy N25 at the bridge.

Sheep’s Head loop
* Location: Co Cork
* Grade: 3
* Distance: 67km
* Height: 751m Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
* Verdict: Superb cycle; surprisingly hilly.

This is one of the most attractive peninsulas in Munster.
It is very popular with hillwalkers but it is about time more cyclists staked their claim. Start at the West Lodge Hotel, Bantry, Co Cork, on the road to Skibbereen.
Cycle along the N71 and go left after 1.5km in the direction of Durrus. The road climbs briefly before descending into the charming village of Durrus. Take the right hand option at a fork in the road and straight away you are on one of the most gorgeous cycles in the country.

A beautiful coast-hugging road that offers magnificent views of the Mizen Head across Dunmanus Bay. First along the road is the hamlet of Ahakista followed by the village of Kilcrohane — starting point for much of the hillwalking. Push on to the end of the southern part of the peninsula where the road ends at a cafe and simply staggering views of the ocean

A lovely lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula is worth a look but you need to walk across a couple of kilometres of heather and bog to reach it.

Back on the bike and after about 5km take a sharp left towards the northern side of the peninsula. It is much hillier around here.

In summer, the hillsides are purple with heather, and the bockety, but cycleable, road is far from the madding crowd. From here back to the starting point is entirely along the coast, bar the final 2km where you go right at a junction.

Black Valley Loop - 56km
This is a testing route that’ll put the burn on you but the rewards are plenty. Co Kerry is one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of the country and this trail through the Black Valley is a great way to explore some of its finest sites. Using Killarney as your base you’ll see the Lakes of Killarney, Molls Gap, and the Gap of Dunloe. The climb up to Dunloe comes at the end and is fairly tough so keep some energy in the tank. Be sure to take your time to drink in the many great views. This is a fairly popular ride so you’ll likely see plenty of other cyclists along the way.

The Beara Way Cycling Route
In 1995 Beara Way Cycling Route was set up, enabling cyclists to travel the quiet country roads around the Peninsula. The route starts in Glengarriff and links Adrigole, Castletownbere, Allihies, Eyeries, and back to Glengarriff. The Route is challenging but the scenery is spectacular.

The Beara Way Cycling Route is a National Cycling Route and for most parts is on country roads. The route travels along the entire Beara Peninsula passing through all the towns and villages along the way. The entire route is 138 kms. There is no start or finish so you can join the route in any town and village on the peninsula. The route is sign-posted with a logo and a bicycle symbol.

Ballyhoura, Co Limerick & Cork

Level: Moderate
Distance: 35km (height gain: 720m)
The relatively low-lying Ballyhoura Mountains straddle the border between Limerick and Cork and are home to one of the largest mountain-bike trail centres in the country. The extensive network of signposted trails follow a mixture of forest roads and winding singletrack with sections of boardwalk, berms and rock gardens. The trails are organised into five linked loops. As each loop is slightly more difficult than the last, there’ s something for everyone, from beginners trying out mountain biking for the first time to experienced riders looking to test their endurance on the longer loops.
Pit-stop: The nearby town of Kilfinane has a good range of places to eat and an excellent hostel (visitballyhoura.com).

Priest’s Leap and Borlin, Co Cork & Ker
Level: Difficult
Distance: 55km (height gain: 1,170m)
A tough route with a remote feel that takes on two of the hardest mountain passes in the country. The first, Priest's Leap, is a brutally tough climb and while the second, Borlin, is a little easier, you still need to keep plenty of energy in reserve. There isn’t much traffic on either of the passes and the views are excellent. As a variation, you could swap either of the two climbs with the Beara’s Caha or Healy Passes.
Pit-stop: The only facilities on this cycle are at the Kilgarvan Motor Museum (kilgarvanmotormuseum.com), which opens Tuesdays to Saturdays from April to October. Alternatively, you could divert the short distance to the village of Kilgarvan, which has a shop and a few pubs or to the town of Kenmare, which adds about 5km.

Tour of Iveragh, Co Kerry

Level: Difficult
Distance: 207km (height gain: 2,780m)
This loop is through the mountains and along the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula. It combines a number of epic mountain passes with dramatic coastal scenery and quiet backroads. It’s a very worthwhile alternative to the Ring of Kerry, as it takes in many sights that aren’t on the Ring, such as: the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Ballaghbeama Gap, Ballaghisheen Pass, Coomanaspic and Valentia Island.
Pit-stop: Knightstown and Valentia, near the halfway point, are good places to stop but there are plenty of other options.

The Ring of Reeks
The Ring of the Reeks cycling routes is a demanding but beautiful 110km (full day) loop cycle on the rural roads surrounding Ireland's highest mountains, the MacGillicuddy Reeks near Killarney, Co. Kerry in the south west of Ireland and near the Wild Atlantic Way coastal scenic route. The cycle route takes in some of the best scenery, great tourists attractions, rewarding climbs and some of the most remote countryside in Ireland. Much of the route is on rural roads with much less traffic than its busy neighbour, The Ring of Kerry, which makes the cycle journey very enjoyable. The route takes in some of the best scenic tourist routes in Ireland, such as Moll’s Gap and Ballaghbeama Gap but on a bike you get to enjoy the views for longer. 

The Tralee to Dingle
The Tralee to Dingle Cycle route is a moderate to demanding 135km (full day or multiple day) cycle loop and is one of the more spectacular cycle routes in Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can start in either Tralee or Dingle and it takes in the entire Dingle peninsula with a great figure of 8 loop which allows you to break up the route into multiple days or rest areas.

From Tralee you following the canal and then coastal road with the Slieve Mish Mountains on your left and Tralee Bay on your right as well as Irelands longest sandy beach at over 40km. From here you have a choice and can take either the Camp road over the mountain pass (left) and approach Dingle town on the southern side of the Peninsula or continue straight past the Maharee Islands and Brandon Bay all the time looking ahead to the majestic Brandon Mountain range and take the rewarding Conor Pass mountain road (one of the highest in Ireland at over 400m) with breathtaking views at the top and one of the best free wheel descents from the top of Conor Pass all the way to Dingle Town over 7km away!!

From Dingle travel around the Slay Head coastline loop enjoying superb views and the power of the Wild Atlantic Way. From Dingle take the road passing Ventry Blue Flag Beach and onto the cliff top coastal road, passing numerous historical and archaeological sites before arriving at the Slea Head coast with stunning views of the Blasket Islands and beautiful secluded beaches of Coumeenoole and Clogher. From here you are on your return journey passing Ballyferriter and Smerwick Harbour before returning to Dingle Town on your Figure of 8 Loop.
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“Ireland makes sure you remain in the present while soaking up its past. It makes sure you listen to its storytellers with reverence.” Lola Akinmade, Award Winning Travel Writer.

Ireland is a small country with picturesque countryside. It is a land steeped in history and known for its misty green countryside, culture and tradition. Famous for its legends and folklores and it’s warm-hearted and friendly people. It also has plenty of destinations which are off-the-beaten-track If you want to explore.

South West Ireland
The South-West Region of Ireland benefits from a mild climate and a very scenic environment, which includes features such as Macgillycuddy's Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland), the Dingle Peninsula, Mizen Head and the Iveragh Peninsula along with numerous small islands.


Ballyclogh or Ballyclough (Irish: Baile Cloch, meaning "town of the stones") is a small village 8 km outside Mallow, County Cork, Ireland. The name Ballyclogh has its origins in the past abundance of stone quarries in the area. The village today has two public houses, a local grocer, a community centre, playground and Catholic church. The Ballyclough area has a rich history of farming.

With no light pollution and two real Irish pubs in the village only a short stagger away, visitors will always be welcomed with great Irish hospitality

The Area
Lots to see and do...

Ideally situated for touring Southern Ireland and the Ring of Kerry.  Close to many attractions, warm Irish hospitality, fishing and racing.  See "attractions" for more details.

Attractions worth a visit

Ballyhass lakes
Once a limestone Quary now an outdoor playground
Ireland's largest cable Wakeboarding facility and an incredible wipe out style aqua-park

Cable wakeboarding uses an overhead cable which pulls you over the surface of the lakes with a feel just like surfing or snowboarding but on water. This is the most accessible water sport for all ages and most of all fantastic fun. The system is suitable for all levels of riders and is a dream training tool. What really makes a wake park though is the obstacle setup underneath the cable. Think floating skate park! Ballyhass is starting big and has several obstacles that are ideal for beginners who are hitting an obstacle for the first time and amazing fun for an experienced rider at any level.

Mallow Race Course also know as Cork Racecourse.
It stages both National Hunt Racing and Flat Racing. There are 5 public bars in the Racecourse, there is also a Carvery Restaurant, a coffee bar and a fast-food restaurant. It is a wheelchair friendly course with access to all areas for disabled people plus a designated disabled viewing area in both stands

Doneraile Park 
Doneraile village is only 10K from Ballyhass lakes and is a beautiful old estate with looped walks and a new children’s playground for ages 3 to 1. 0 It is open to the public with no entry fee.There are several walks throughout the park. The long walk is all over forest paths and roadways but could easily be completed in 60 – 90 minutes. It would be suited for buggies etc and no special foot ware is required.

Afternoon tea or dinner at Longueville house
Longueville House one of Ireland’s country house treasures. Go wild and book dinner the food is fantastic. Great value mid week as they often have reduced dinner menu prices. Call in an see for yourself it is only minutes away from Ballyhass Lakes on the main road to Mallow. www.longuevillehouse.ie
Longueville has its own Cider and other liquers all made from their own apples and local ingredients.

The Donkey Sanctuary at Liscarroll
What a great way to spend a hour or so. Visit Ireland best Donkey Sanctuary only 25 minutes from Ballyhass Lakes . There is a presentation area and many paddocks where you can stroll around and see all the donkeys close up.
Opening hours: 
Monday-friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm  saturdays, sundays and bank holidays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
telephone: +353 (0) 22 48398

Walking in the Duhallow Region
Take a looped walk on Mount Hillary only 10 Minutes from Ballyhass, this trail head has three different looped walks that will take you from 40 minutes to 2 hours.This walk follows forest park roads for its entire route. There are alternative routes that increase the difficulty of the route. The Blackwater Valley neighbours the walk and beautiful views are afforded over it. There are alternative routes that increase the difficulty of the route. 

The Mitchelstown Caves
The Mitchelstown Cave is about a 40 min drive from Ballyhass and is considered one of the most spectacular caves in Europe. Visitors and group outings are shown daily through almost a half mile of this world famous showcave which includes three caverns, in which visitors are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations stalactites, stalagmites and huge calcite columns.
Check out www.mitchelstowncave.com for more info

Lough Gur Heritage Centre
Find out about the rich heritage of Lough Gur by visiting the interactive multimedia exhibition that brings to life over 8,000 of archaeology and history. The exhibition brings the visitor on a journey through the history of Lough Gur starting during the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) Era, and progressing until the 19th century (1800’s), when the Farm By Lough Gur was written. The exhibition is suitable for all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn about the history and archaeology of Lough Gur. They can find out more about many of the areas archaeological sites, including some that are not publicly accessible.

Ballyhoura Country area of North Cork and East Limerick
Ballyhoura Country is a walkers paradise and has the largest mountain bike trail network of its kind in Ireland and provides many options for off-road cycling.

Whether your interests lie in short, easy walks or long distance walking, guided walks or independent walking, walkers of all abilities will be invigorated by the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the area. Ballyhoura Country offers plenty of choice to walking enthusiasts, there are exciting nature walks, river bank walks, quiet country roads, the Ballyhoura Waymarked Way, rugged mountains, rich bogs, and mythical. The hen harrier is a resident in the Ballyhouras, along with Peregrine falcons, red squirrels, hares, deer, badgers, frogs galore who all enjoy this 6000 hectare block of forest and mountain upland.

For off road cycling Ballyhoura Trails have forest road climbs which lead you into tight twisty single tracks with loads of ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The trails range from the moderate 6 kilometre Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 kilometres in length! Tough forest road climbs are rewarded with sweeping fast descents guaranteed to leave you smiling!

There are also 23 permanent orienteering controls in the Ballyhouras.

Other attractions....... See Guidebook for additional information

Blarney Castle. “Kissing the Blarney Stone”
Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone In Ireland you will be granted with the gift of eloquence. It is said by bending over backwards while holding on to an iron railing and kissing this legendary stone you will never be at a loss for words again. This stone can be found five miles from Cork City at Blarney Castle.

Blarney Castle, is a medieval stronghold, built nearly six hundred years ago. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, dates from 1446.


It is open all year round and costs 12 euros to enter the grounds and climb the castle.

Fota island
An island in Cork Harbour which is host to Irelands only wildlife park as well as the historical Fota House, gardens and golf club. Fota House is Ireland's finest example of Regency period architecture with superb neoclassical interiors. A range of cultural events for all ages and interests take place throughout the season including crafts. When exploring the House, a visit or guided tour of the award winning Victorian Working Garden is a must! Fota House and Victorian Working Garden Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. T: +353 (0) 21 481 5543. It is only 20 minutes from Cork. It is opened Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30 pm. Costs 16 euros admission

Cobh is on an island in Cork city’s harbour. It’s known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912. Titanic Experience Cobh is a themed attraction in the former White Star Line ticket office. More displays on the liner are in the Cobh Heritage Centre, which also explores how Cobh became an embarkation point.

The harbour town located on the south coast of Ireland in County Cork, about 30 minutes drive from the infamous Blarney Castle. It’s also the departure point for over 2.5 million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950.

In the harbour are colourful old fishing boats and Victorian architecture. It’s a pretty seaside town. There is a tourist train that transports visitors around town to a few lookout points. The town is built on a steep hill, so the train is a good idea. Take a peak inside the impressive St. Colman’s Cathedral that dominates the town skyline.

Fota Wildlife Park.
Fota Wildlife Park is set on 100 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour. It is a unique .... No trip to Cobh or the wider Cork area would be complete without a visit to Fota island wildlife Park

A town in county Kerry which is just under an hour’s drive from Ballyclough. It is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in the world. It is a stop on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive and the start and finishing point of the 200 km Kerry Way walking trail. Various attractions in Killarney include Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney boasts a thriving tourist hub of traditional Irish pubs, restaurants and shops. Just 12 miles away is the celebrated Ladies View, a National Park with sweeping green plains, craggy peaks and a rich variety of wildlife. You can hire a horse-drawn cart or explore the region on foot whilst marvelling the fabulous views before you. There are also a wonderful choice of beaches in the area, the most popular being Rossbeigh, Inch, Kells, and Banna Strand.

Traditional Jaunting Car tour and Killarney Race Course which is one of the great attractions. All meetings at the scenic location are incorporated into three summer festivals in the months of May, July and August. Primarily, racing is held in the evening making the racecourse the ideal venue to round off a day of local sightseeing.
It costs 20 euros admission

Kinsale has so much to do on and off the water. From historical walking tours, ghost tours, castles, forts, horse riding, golf as well as arts and crafts. The Kinsale Regatta is one of the longest running in Ireland and as popular as ever. You will be spoilt for choice restaurant wise and there is certainly somewhere to suit all tastes and pockets . It is 20 mins drive from Cork Airport

A small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula known for its rugged scenery trails and sandy beaches. A statue of long time harbour resident Fungi the dolphin is by the waterfront. Fungi, is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin, no one is quite sure of his age but he has been there for nearly 32 years and experts tell us he has a lifespan of between 40 and 50 years.

Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is picturesque Ireland at its peak. Hidden away in the southwest corner of the island, this is a true treasure trove, with dreamlike landscapes awaiting every lucky visitor. It’s not just visitors from abroad that love this place – people travel from across the island to cycle, drive and trek this scene-stealing route on Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. Beginning and ending in Killarney, a trip here takes in all the big hitters: Molls Gap, Torc Waterfall and the Gap of Dunlop are winners – but really, the route itself is so much more than the sum of its parts.

The Ring of Kerry cycling route is one of Ireland’s most famous departing from some of the busier roads to lead you down the winding country boreens of real Kerry.

The soaring, craggy Skellig Islands are one of this area’s most history-laden and spellbinding spots; first discovered by intrepid monks in the 6th century, Hollywood followed many moons later and made these islands world famous when they featured in the 2015 Star Wars comeback. A great day out.

Bantry Bay
A busy market town and fishing port. There is an abundance of award winning restaurants in the town centre. It is perfect for walking (Sheeps Head Peninsula), cycling and fishing.

Bantry House
A spectacularly situated and exuberantly finished. It is one of Irelands most attractive Great Houses, full of treasures collected by various generations of Early of Bantry from all parts of the world.
You never know, you may even bump into Graham Norton while you are visiting the area as this is where he was born and spends many of the summer months there with the locals.

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher - one of the world's greatest natural attractions. These cliffs stand 1/3 the size of the Empire State Building and have large populations of puffins and gannets. You can enjoy a hike or a relaxed walk, while gazing in amazement at this geological and natural beauty. The Cliffs of Moher also have shops and restaurants, anything from snacks and souvenirs available. A great day trip.


Cork city: Cork offers a wide variety of shopping possibilities. Patrick Street in the city centre is the traditional shopping area, with a wide range of department stores. Cork is famous for its food too. Country markets and farmers' markets can be visited throughout the city and county. The English Market is an indoor market on Grand Parade in the city, and has been in operation since 1788. The mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from afar alongwith long standing family run stalls contribute to the unique appeal of this market.

Kildare outlet 50 mins drive from Dublin perfect outdoor shopping if you like designer brands at reduced prices.

Blarney Wollen Mills for traditional handmade jumpers.

Mallow town centre for all the basic food and clothes you may need.

The train station is also very easy to get to, you can get to Cork City by train in 25 mins.

Live Music

Cork City (Oliver Plunkett St) live music in most of the pubs there.
Killarney more traditional live music venues with traditional Irish Dancing.p

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