Ballyhoura - Walking Trails


The trails are located in the Ballyhoura mountains which cover south Limerick and north Cork. They are accessed from a trailhead near Ardpatrick in County Limerick. GPS - 52.3183266414704, -8.504946825388515

Site Description

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 with its prominent house and folly, and unique views of towns such as Charleville and 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. 

The car park at Greenwood is the main trailhead for the mountainbiking trails but there are a number of walking trails that also begin and finish here.  The trailhead for these walking trails is close to the pay barrier.



Ballyhoura - Walking Trails Features

Walking Trails, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Picnic Site, Forest Park, Archaeological, Watchable Wildlife, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

The car park and trailhead for these trails is located 2 kms south of Ardpatrick village in Co. Limerick off the R512 road. From Limerick: take the N20 south through Charleville and continue 2kms further on to Ballyhea. Turn left just after Ballyhea church and drive for 10kms to reach Ardpatrick village. Turn right and continue for 2.5 kms. Take the turn to the right, signposted Ballyhoura Forest, the car park is 1km up this road. From Dublin: take the M7 south to Limerick and join N20. From Shannon: take the N18 south to Limerick and join N20. From Cork: take the N20 to Mallow, follow the N72, signposted Waterford through the town, shortly outside the town rake a left onto the N73 signposted Mitchelstown, travel for approx. 13 km, turn left onto a minor road, signposted Ardpatrick. The car park is approx. 10km up this road. Alternatively, from Cork, take the M8 as far as exit 13, signposted Mitchelstown. Continue onto the Mitchelstown bypass, take the 2nd exit at the 3rd roundabout, signposted Kildorrery, in Kildorrery village take a right onto the R512, continue on approx. 11.5km, the turnoff for the carpark will be on your left.  

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No of car spaces:60
Car park opens:8:00 AM
Car park closes:9:00 PM
Parking fee price:EUR5 or EUR35 for an annual pass
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Galvin