Ballyhoura Way

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Ballyhoura Way
Length 89 kilometres (55 miles)[1]
Location Ireland
Designation National Waymarked Trail[1]
Trailheads St John’s Bridge, County Cork
Limerick Junction, County Tipperary[1]
Use Hiking
Elevation gain/loss 1,560 m (5,118 ft)[1]
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Moderate[1]
Season Any

The Ballyhoura Way (Irish: Slí Bhealach Eabhra) is a long-distance trail in Ireland. It is 89 kilometres (55 miles) long and begins at St John’s Bridge, near Kanturk, County Cork and ends at Limerick Junction, County Tipperary. It is typically completed in four days.[1] It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Ballyhoura Fáilte.[2] The trail was opened in April 1994 by President Mary Robinson.[3]

The initial stage starts at St John’s Bridge, a crossroads 6.5 kilometres (4.0 miles) north of the town of Kanturk, and follows minor roads to Ballyhea via Liscarroll.[4] From Ballyhea, the trail crosses the Ballyhoura Mountains to the village of Ballyorgan.[5] The Way continues through the mountains to Galbally via Kilfinane and Ballylanders.[6] From Galbally, it follows the Glen of Aherlow to Tipperary town before following the road to the end of the trail at Limerick Junction.[7]

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.[1] It connects with the Multeen Way in Tipperary town.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ballyhoura Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ National Trails Office 2010, p. 30.
  3. ^ "Diary". The Irish Independent. Dublin. 19 April 1994. p. 42. 
  4. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 22.
  5. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 24.
  6. ^ Fewer 1996, pp. 27-29.
  7. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 30.
  8. ^ "Multeen Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 


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