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Ballyhoura Country in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 153

Ballyhoura Country is an area most visitors to Ireland won't recognize, yet many pass through or skirt the edges of the region as they travel between some of Ireland's well-known locations.

Where is Ballyhoura Country in Ireland?

Named for the Ballyhoura Mountains, which divide the counties of Limerick and Cork, the Ballyhoura Region is known as the ‘Crossroads of Munster'.

The location is central to the counties of Limerick, Kerry, Cork and Tipperary, offering a terrific base for touring those locations.

The boundaries of the Ballyhoura region are only a 30 minute drive from both the Cork Airport and Shannon Airport.

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Cead mile failte at The Old Bank in Bruff

Where to stay in the Ballyhoura Region

Check out my favorite B&B – The Old Bank in Bruff.

Fitzgerald's Woodland's House Hotel near Adare is a wonderful spot, especially with families.

For more terrific options, from camping & glamping and mountain lodges to B&Bs and 4* luxury visit the Ballyhoura website.

Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary, Mallow, County Cork

Things to Do in Ballyhoura Country

Ballyhoura Country is part of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, a tourism brand designed to bring awareness to some of the more rural areas of Ireland. This region really shines for people who enjoy outdoor activities and for those who are searching for a place to get off the ‘tourist trail' and enjoy a more traditional experience.

Ballyhoura bases their messaging to visitors on feelings – how do you want to feel when you visit.

Based on 6 feelings – active, adventurous, calm, creative, curious, and nostalgic – you can choose activities like mountain biking, hiking, delving into 6000 years of history, peaceful walks, and crafty stops.

Learn more about Ballyhoura Country in the Counties of Limerick and Cork

Visit the Ballyhoura website and explore rural Ireland.

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3 Things You Shouldn't Miss in Ballyhoura Country

 Lough Gur – an OPW Heritage site (learn more about the OPW Heritage Pass here)

Doneraile Estate – one of the 5th most visited free attractions in Ireland and also an OPW site

The Donkey Sanctuary – also free

Itinerary Idea: Tour the Ballyhoura Region & southwestern Ireland from Bruff

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