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Blackwater Valley Attractions

The Boreen Twist

Visit our local pub – the Boreen Twist, Cecilstown, Mallow

The local Irish pub is a tradition where you will meet locals after their days work or when they are out for a nights entertainment. The Boreen Twist is one such pub in the village of Cecilstown just up the road from Ballyhass.  There is a traditional session ( where locals play for their own enjoyment) every Thursday evenings and often again on Saturday nights. All are welcome. Call Landlord if you wish to make arrangements for a group visit.
 

 

Go racing at Cork Race Course Mallow

Family Fun..

A great Day out at the races in this superb race track with excellent facilities Only 10 minutes from Ballyhass lakes and 5 minutes from Mallow town. Do not miss an event if you are in this area. They have over 20 meets a year including some evening meetings.Residents at Ballyhass Holiday Homes can get reduced entry rates and enjoy the corporate box area.

Check out their meeting calendar for this year.

 

Visit Doneraile Park for a walk or the Kids Playground

Doneraile village is only 10K from Ballyhass lakes and is a beautiful old estate with looped walks and a new children’s playground for ages 3 to 1. 0 It is open to the public with no entry fee.

There are several walks throughout the park. The long walk is all over forest paths and roadways but could easily be completed in 60 – 90 minutes. It would be suited for buggies etc and no special foot ware is required.

Check out the History of Doneraile park

 

Ballyhoura Mountain Biking

Try mountain biking at Ballyhoura Mountains trials

Over 35,000 people cycled these trails last year – do they know something that we don’t? This is a superb activity on over 57 k of mountain tracks- Don’t worry you do not have to do them all, there are marked routes of various lengths and degrees of difficulty. Established as Ireland’s best mountain bike location you are only 30 minutes away from the thrill of a lifetime: Bike can be hired on location,

Boasting a grand total of 90km of purpose-built single-track, this is the largest mountain biking area of its kind in Western Europe. What makes Ireland’s Mountain Bike Centre so special is that its trails – suitable for everyone from the novice to the gnarly – weave through some of the most stunning landscape that Europe has to offer. Visitors will enjoy a true wilderness riding experience, soaking in the beauty of natural woodland, grouse moor, peat bog, peaceful valleys and the rugged Galtee Mountains.

The Ballyhoura Mountain bike trials largest trail network of its kind in Ireland and provides many options for off-road cycling in the mountains. Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty single-track with loads of ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The trails range from a moderate 6 kilometer Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 kilometers in length!
The trails are laid out as ‘stacked loops’ – this means that each loop leads onto the next and rejoins it on the way back. The loops are way marked in one direction – just pick the colour of the loop.
The trail system, designed by one of the world leaders in the sport, is a challenging, one-way system constructed to give a challenging and rewarding ride. Please ensure you are equipped fully to undertake this adventure sport and respect other trail users at all times.

To Suit: Suitable for people of medium levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluids, snacks, waterproofs and a rucksack.

Check the web site here

For the Summer Months try Open air set dancing at Larhran

Situated on the foot of Baelic Mountain in the heart of North Cork, Laharn Cross is the location where people gather each and every Sunday night throughout the summer months from 8pm to 10pm.
Large crowds will step it out on the raised timber platform to dance the night away to live music to bands such as Peter Lane and Blackwater Sound, Mattie Weldon, Charlie & Mike, Southern Pride plus many many more.

Waltzes, quicksteps, foxtrots, not to mention polkas, shoe the donkey and the Siege of Ennis, are the order of the evening for the hundreds of enthusiastic dancers who gather for two hours to dance the night at this historic crossroads whose name is rapidly becoming a household word throughout Munster.

“The tradition of dancing at the crossroads is alive and well here at Laharn Cross and it is marvelous to see both young and old taking part,” said John Paul O’Shea, vice-chairman of Laharn Community Action Group Ltd.

“We are celebrating 13 years in existence this year and we look forward to a great summer of entertainment. Everyone is invited; the fun is free, though we do ask people to contribute a few euros in the donation boxes which go towards the cost of the live bands,” added Mr. O’Shea.

“Don’t be feared about wet summer evenings — it’s only a stones throw to Laharn Heritage Centre where the dancing can continue if the weather isn’t favorable. The centre is located about one kilometer away from Laharn Cross.”

 

Treat yourself to afternoon tea or dinner at Longueville house

Longueville House one of Ireland’s country house treasures. Go wild and book dinner the food is fantastic. Great value mid week as they often have reduced dinner menu prices Call in an see for yourself it is only minutes away on the main road to Mallow. www.longuevillehouse.ie

Longueville has its own Cider and other liquers all made from their own apples and local ingredients.

 

Visit the Donkey Sanctuary at Liscarroll

What a great way to spend a hour or so. Visit Ireland best Donkey Sanctuary only 25 minutes from Ballyhass Lakes . There is a presentation area and many paddocks where you can stroll around and see all the donkeys close up.

Opening hours: 
Monday-friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm  saturdays, sundays and bank holidays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
telephone: +353 (0) 22 48398

This is a visit suitable for all the family. While there you may like to visit Liscarroll Castle and ground close by.

 Go walking in the Duhallow region

Take a looped walk on Mount Hillary only 10 Minutes from Ballyhass, this trail head has three different looped walks that will take you from 40 minutes to 2 hours

This walk follows forest park roads for its entire route. There are alternative routes that increase the difficulty of the route. The Blackwater Valley neighbors the walk and beautiful views are afforded over it.

There are wonderful looped walks in all of the region, maps and descriptions and all available at reception for the residents of the holiday homes at Ballyhass Lakes.

Take a looped walk on Mount Hillary only 10 Minutes from Ballyhass, this trail head has three different looped walks that will take you from 40 minutes to 2 hours

This walk follows forest park roads for its entire route. There are alternative routes that increase the difficulty of the route. 

There are wonderful looped walks in all of the region, maps and descriptions and all available at reception for the residents of the holiday homes at Ballyhass Lakes.

See the list of walks and downloads here

 Playgrounds

There is a playground in Ballyclough just two miles from Ballyhass. There is an playground in Doneraile Park both of which are free and open at all times.  There is an indoor playground in Mallow - Little Rascals  - just 10 minute drive from Ballyhass lakes.

Kanturk Cookery School

Our close neighbours Barbara Lucy and Susanne McCauley Bourke operate a very innovative cookery school.  They have regular demonstrations and can arrange for a special session for you and your group be that a family, hen party or other.

Check out their web site  www.kanturkcookeryschool.com

Visit Millstreet Country Park

This 500 acre privately owned country park is just 30 minute drive from Ballyhass Lakes and is open to visitors Seasonally.  It has walks, gardens, cafe, and a mini bus trip around the estate. It is very well maintained and has audio assisted self guided trails they featured in the TV prgramme hosted by the Brennan Brothers and as a result they opened a new forest cycle path and many other improvements.  Check out their web site  www.millstreetcountrypark.com