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Ballyhoura Way
Kanturk, Co. Cork
Free to visit
Paid car parking
Follow in the footsteps of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare, chief of the 17th century O’Sullivan clan, on this easy route through Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. You’ll take in rich pastureland, forest trails, river banks and more as you gently ascend 1,700m.

Part of the longer O’Sullivan Beara Trail, the Ballyhoura Way is a 90km waymarked trail that showcases some seriously lush landscape.

Stretching from John’s Bridge in North Cork to Limerick Junction in County Tipperary, this linear trail is fairly short and pleasantly varied. Follow it across four upland stretches, through the verdant pastureland of the Golden Vale and the wooded Ballyhoura Mountains before overlooking the gorgeous Glen of Aherlow.

Along the way you’ll admire pretty villages like Kilfinane, Ballyorgan, Ballylanders and Galbally.

Moderate underfoot, the Ballyhoura Way’s terrain mainly consists of tarmac roads, forestry tracks, open moorland and field paths. There are plenty of facilities and services near the route’s seven trailheads, should you need a break or a well-earned cup of tea.

Trail details
Linear trail
Moderate trail
Estimated time
4 days
Why we like it
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the ancient Norman castle at Liscarroll, this impressive 13th-century fortress still stands tall.
Contact details
Kanturk, Co. Cork, Ireland
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