Bed and Breakfasts in Ballyhoura Region, Co Limeri
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Ballyhoura, County Limerick Region
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Situated in the southwest region of Ireland, on the borders of counties Tipperary, Limerick and Cork, Ballyhoura Country is an area of undulating green pastures, woodlands, hills and mountains. The ancient and unspoilt landscape, an abundance of significant heritage sites, thrilling outdoor activities and friendly people make it the perfect place to discover rural Ireland, you can discover past cultures with every step that you take. Learn how prehistoric man farmed the shores of Lough Gur, the medieval walled town of Kilmallock was fortified or view the magnificent Doneraile Park, listening to its fascinating history. Discover De Valera and the magical Annesgrove Gardens or experience local culture at the crossroads dancing, the Kilmallock agricultural mart,or a hurling game. There is a great variety of outdoor activities in Ballyhoura region. Join with the local walking club(Ballyhoura Bears) as you walk the woodlands or hike the mountains. Try out mountain biking, or meander through the road lopped networks, enjoy fishing or horse riding. Other activities include clay bird shooting, paragliding, kayaking and orienteering or wake board water skiing.
Kilmallock is a walled town of ecclesiastical origin, a monastery having been founded here by St. Maloch in the 6th century, of which the original round tower still remains. It is said to have been a walled town even before the arrival of the Anglo Normans. Many of the castles, the gates, and the surrounding walls, are however connected with the Geraldine power. Around the walled town which was one of the principal towns of the province of Munster in medieval times, are the earliest known roots of man in the south-west of Ireland. Excavations at Tankardstown uncovered a complex of houses and early farming activity dating from shortly after 4000 B.C. Scale models of the Stone Age houses and a large model of the medieval town are featured in Kilmallock Museum. Substantial portions of the old town walls survive as well as town gates – Blossom Gate and John’s Gate a landmark in the centre of the town. Church and abbey ruins testify to the importance of the area from the 13th to 15th centuries. Kilmallock is one of 6 looped road cycling hubs of Ireland and with in 6 km at the foot of the Ballyhoura mountains Europe's Largest mountain bike park with 96km of track can be found.
Kilmallock walled Town Museum
Kilmallock Cycling Hub. (6 loops)
Ballyhoura Mountain bike park; 96km of mixed tracks.
Friars Gate Theatre
Kilmallock Live stock Mart ( & Food Fair Bank Holiday Mondays)
Bruff (Irish: An Brú) is a small town in east County Limerick, Republic of Ireland, located on the old Limerick–Cork road (R512 in the midwest of Ireland. The town lies on the Morning Star River, with two bridges at the town itself. The area around Bruff is quite scenic, and the horse-shoe lake of Lough Gur is nearby. Historical artifacts around the area date back to the Stone Age,famed for waterfowl, wildlife and important ancient archaeological sites with various buildings up to the early Christian period dotted about as well. The formidable building serving as the Garda station in the town is a listed building.
Named after the Bruff Line a road built in the 1830s from Newcastle West to Kilmallock, it had a population of almost 2,000 in 1837. It had a successful linen industry operating at the end of the 18th century, devastated in the first decades of the 19th century due to the importation of English machine-made cottons. The nuns of the FCJ Order established a convent here in the early 1850s – a very impressive building which still remains. The village has an impressive memorial commemorating locals who died in the War of Independence. Its Catholic parish church is a particularly interesting feature of the village. The old Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks is preserved as a listed building. The surroundings are also well worth exploring, with forts, dolmens and crannógs nearby. The ruins of the Lacy Castle are just outside the village.
Lough Gur Lake & Heritage Centre
Kilmallock Cycling Hub
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park
Dev Valera Museum & Heritage Centre
Situated almost in the centre of Co. Limerick, 19kms southwest of Limerick City on the N20 route, on the River Maigue – part of the famous Golden Vale region of Munster. Croom had an original 13th century castle, which was replaced by a Geraldine stronghold around 1340, and destroyed in 1689. Other interesting historical buildings include the church, a round tower, approx. 65 feet high, 54 feet in circumference, with walls four and a half feet thick and divided into 5 storey's. The 15th century Glenogra Castle, with its octagonal tower is another historical building near Croom, as is Ballycahane House. The main claim to fame of this house is that it was the home of “Colleen Bawn” and her husband John Scanlon, who was executed in 1819 for her murder.
Dev Valera Museum & Heritage Centre
Try Hill & Lake
Village in the wooded Slieve Felim mountains area which was build by the landlord Barrington family, whose Windsor Castle-style residence built in the 1930s became the Glenstal Abbey monastery and boarding school from 1926. Founder of the Muintir na Tire rural community development organization, Canon Hayes was born in Murroe which is close to the deep-hearted Clare Glens gorge and woodland walks.It is possible to go for walks in the Clare Glens wooded area along the banks of the Clare River and in the gardens and lands of the monastery. Moroe is also situated near an older monastic settlement in Abbey Owney and is home to a number of historical houses and buildings, such as Brittas Castle and Thomond Scout centre.
Glen stall Loop Walk
Clare Glens Loop Walk