The Ballyhoura Way, which is a 90km way-marked trail, is part of the O’Sullivan Beara Trail. The Way stretches from John’s Bridge in North Cork to Limerick Junction in County Tipperary, and is essentially a fairly short, easy, low-level route. It’s a varied route which takes you through pastureland of the Golden Vale, along forest trails, driving paths and river bank, across the wooded Ballyhoura Mountains and through the Glen of Aherlow.
Directions to trailhead
The Ballyhoura Way is best accessed at one of seven key trailheads, which provide information map boards and car parking. These are located reasonably close to other services and facilities, such as shops, accommodation, restaurants and public transport. The trailheads are located as follows:
Trailhead 1 – John’s Bridge
John’s Bridge is located on the R576 to Kanturk. A shop and filling station are located at the road junction.
Trailhead 2 – Near Ballyhea
This trailhead is located at Kennedy’s Pub, just off the N20, and is 1km south of Ballyhea.
Trailhead 3 – Green Wood Car Park, Glenosheen
Green Wood car park, Glenosheen is 1km from junction on R512 to Glenanaar.
Trailhead 4 – Kilfinane
Kilfinane is located on the R517 and is 10km from Kilmallock, 15km from Mitchelstown, and 18km from Tipperary. The trailhead is located at Barrack Street, Kilfinane on the R517.
Trailhead 5 – Ballylanders
Ballylanders is on the R513 and is 10km from Mitchelstown. The trailhead is located at the Commemoration Monument, Main Street, Ballylanders on the R513.
Trailhead 6 – Lisvernane
Lisvernane is located on the R663 and is 10km from Tipperary. The trailhead is located at Christ the King Monument on the R663.
Trailhead 7 – Tipperary Town
Tipperary Town is located on the N24, approximately 40 km from Limerick. The trailhead is located at the Esso Filling Station on the Limerick Road.