The Locality

Activities in the Ballyhoura Region


Walking in Ballyhoura Country

The Ballyhouras is an area that is synonymous with outdoor recreation.  Sitting on the bounds between the counties of Limerick and Cork, this area of gentle uplands offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding farmland, old historic estates such as Castleoliver and unique views of towns such as Killmallock.  Views of the neighbouring mountain range of the Galtys and down into the Glen of Aherlow are common, whilst on a good day, the Knockmealdows may be visible from the higher points.

There are a variety of different walks available throughout Ballyhoura Country including; mountain walks, riverbank walks woodland walks, bogland walks, long distance trails, mythological walks and historical walks. Guided walks are also available with our local Walking Club “The Ballyhoura Bears”.


Mountain Biking

The largest trail network of it’s kind in Ireland. 98 km of trails including forest road climbs, tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, board walk, tight turns and technical rocky bits are gauranteed to leave you smiling.

The trails range from the moderate 6 km Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 km in length! Facilities at the trail head include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities.

For more information, click here. Mountain Bikes can be hired at the trail centre from Trail Riders.



Ireland has a long tradition in horse racing and breeding. There are several equestrian centres in the area to visit that offer a great horse riding experience in County Limerick.

Ballyhoura Horse Trails; Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. Tel: 087 2799935

Hill Crest Horse Riding Centre; Galbally, Co.Limeirck. Tel: 062 37915

Limerick Racecourse; Patrickswell. Stages both National Hunt and Flat racing. It is a state of the art venue providing ample car parking, catering and bar facilities for race days.



There are a number of highly regarded golf courses within close proximity of Kilmallock. The closest is Charleville Golf Club (5miles) followed by Limerick County Golf & Country Club Ballyneety (14 miles) and Mitchelstown Golf Club (19 miles)

Charleville Golf Club
Mitchelstown Golf Club
Limerick County Golf & Country Club. Ballyneety

For more information and places of interest, click here.

Local Attractions in the Ballyhoura Region

collegiate church kilmallockCollegiate Church, Kilmallock
kilmallock friaryKilmallock Friary
river walk kilmallockKilmallock River Walk
old irish cottage kilmallockOld Irish Cottage, Kilmallock
knockainey churchKnockainey Church
grange stone circleGrange Stone Circle
doneraile parkDoneraile Park
lough gurLough Gur
the donkey sanctuaryThe Donkey Sanctuary
mass rock killavullenMass Rock, Killavullen
mor abbeyMor Abbey