Ballyhoura Way

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The Ballyhoura Mountains

The Ballyhoura Way is a long-distance walking route 55 miles long in the south-west of the Republic of Ireland, passing through the Counties of Cork, Limerick and Tipperary.

The route begins at St John’s Bridge, near Kanturk in County Cork and ends at Limerick Junction in County Tipperary. It is typically completed in four days.[1] It is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office and is managed by Ballyhoura Fáilte.

The trail was opened in 1994.[2]

The route

The initial stage starts at St John’s Bridge, a crossroads four miles north of the town of Kanturk, and follows minor roads to Ballyhea by way of Liscarroll. From Ballyhea, the trail crosses the Ballyhoura Mountains to the village of Ballyorgan.

The Way continues through the mountains to Galbally via Kilfinane and Ballylanders.[3] From Galbally, it follows the Glen of Aherlow to Tipperary town before following the road to the end of the trail at Limerick Junction.

The Ballyhoura Way forms one of the stages of the Beara-Breifne Way, a walking and cycling route under development, intended to run from the Beara Peninsula, County Cork to Breifne, County Leitrim, following the line of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare's march in the aftermath of the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.[1] It connects with the Multeen Way in Tipperary town.[4]

Outside links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ballyhoura Way – IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. "Diary". The Irish Independent (Dublin): p. 42. 19 April 1994. 
  3. Fewer 1996, pp. 27-29.
  4. Multeen Way - Irish Trails (Irish Sports Council)
  • Fewer, Michael: 'The Way-marked Trails of Ireland' (Gill & Macmillan, 1996) ISBN 0-7171-2386-3
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen