Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails, is the largest trail network of it’s kind in Ireland consisting of 98 km of trails including forest road climbs, tight twisty single track with loads of ups and downs, board walk, tight turns and technical rocky bits are guaranteed to leave you smiling. The trails range from the moderate 6 km Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 km in length!
Each of the loops are way marked in one direction and are laid out as ‘stacked loops’ with each loop leading onto the next and rejoining it on the way back. Read the detailed trail information signs at the trailhead to pick the trail suitable for you. The grading system used indicates the minimum level of fitness and competence required for each loop.
Use of the trails is free but there is a 5 euro per day car park charge. Toilets, showers and bike wash facilities are also available at the car park.
Green or Greenwood trail is 6 km long and will take about 30-60mins on your ability and extremely scenic trail.
Brown or Mount Russell trail is 17km long and will take about 1.5 -2.5 hours due to its more technical and physically demanding trail of climbing and descending.
White or Garrane trail is 35km long and will take approx 2.5-4.5 hours with some long, fast demanding climbs and decent, with some of the single tracks too.
Blue or Steamhill trail is 41km long and will take 3.5- 5.5 hours and builds on the Garrane trail with longer trails.
Red or Castlepook trail is 51km long will take approx 5- 6 hours and will take you right through everything these trails have to offer…so be prepared!
Cycling - Ballyhoura's Cycling Hub in Kilmallock
This hub has 5 looped cycle routes consisting of day and half day cycles which will guide you out to the countryside of farmland and forest surrounding the historic walled town of Kilmallock in almost traffic free lanes where you will find magnificent views of the Ballyhoura and Galty Mountains along the way, as well as ancient sites peserved in an unspoilt landscape. Bike hire can be organised from- offer electric bikes from 1, 3 & 7 day hire and is a fun and enjoyable way to see the area with pedal and electric power. (Looks like a normal cycling bike)
Route 1 – 70 kms: 5 hours; Route 1A – 22 kms: 1½ hours
Route 2 – 83 kms: 5½ hours; Route 2A – 16 kms: 1 hour Route; 2B – 41 kms: 3 hours; Route 2C – 64 kms : 4+ hours