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Go wet and wild in the county’s premier adventure park and trek through the ancient lake-lands and forest covered mountains of north Cork. This route will take you from Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre to the walking trails of the Ballyhoura Mountains

Day 1

Morning

Start your day at Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre – just outside Mallow (and 46kms from Cork City). 

This state-of-the-art outdoor adventure centre has a café, guest accommodation and everything from trout fishing and wake-boarding to zip-lines, rock-climbing, kayaking and archery. It’s perfect for families and groups.

OR 

visit The Donkey Sanctuary just outside the village of Liscarroll and just 14km from Ballyhass. This charming farm-turned-sanctuary has scores of rescued donkeys and warmly welcomes visitors.

Lunch

It’s well worth the 40 minute, 30km drive to the little Thatch and Thyme café on the main street of of Kildorrery - a picturesque , hilltop village close to the Ballyhoura mountains.

This beautiful, old thatched cottage has received glowing reviews online and in national newspapers and is ideal for for delicious, hearty lunches made from locally-sourced ingredients. 


 

Afternoon

It’s a 20 minute, 19km drive to the starting point of the walking trails of the Ballyhoura Mountains from Kildorrery. There you will find a spectacular landscape of mountains, rushing rivers, woods and marked trails for all ages and abilities.

Related Activities –  Castles, manor houses and forests stretch along Blackwater river. Check out a section of the Avondhu-Blackwater Way walking route, from Ballyhooly to the town of Fermoy completed by singer and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy.

 

Nearby Highlights

Walkers and trekkers in need of some rest and relaxation might want to check in at The Charleville Park Hotel, a four-star hotel with a range of leisure facilities or Springfort Hall Country House Hotel, tucked away amid tranquil woodlands. 

The gardens and lawns at this 4-star hotel Cork are a delight during the summer, while in the winter months, there's no better place to relax than in the Baltydaniel Bar.

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