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. 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.
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. 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. It connects with the Multeen Way in Tipperary town.
- Ballyhoura Way – Irish Trails
- 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 Way • Barrow Way • Bealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGall • Beara Way • Blackwater Way • Bluestack Way • Burren Way • Cavan Way • Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail • Dingle Way • Dublin Mountains Way • East Clare Way • East Munster Way • Grand Canal Way • Hymany Way • Kerry Way • Lough Derg Way • Mid Clare Way • Miners Way and Historical Trail • Monaghan Way • Multeen Way • Nore Valley Way • North Kerry Way • Offaly Way • Royal Canal Way • Sheep's Head Way • Slieve Bloom Way • Slieve Felim Way • Sligo Way • South Leinster Way • Suck Valley Way • Táin Way • Tipperary Heritage Way • Western Way • Westmeath Way • Wicklow Way