The Ballyhoura Mountains span across south-east Limerick and north-east Cork. The area of mountains situated in Cork is mainly afforested with commercial conifers, while large areas within Limerick’s borders consist of blanket bog and heathland. The landscape is in general very rich in wildlife and geology.

Patchwork areas of blanket bog, dry and wet heath occur across the Seefin and Coolfree Mountains of the Ballyhoura range. A variety of mosses and heathers dominate the wet heath vegetation as well as bilberry bushes. The interspersed areas of dry heath are characterised by Bell Heather, Tormentil, and different varieties of sedges such as Green-ribbed Sedge. The remaining blanket bog areas support vegetation typical of the habitat, for example Common Bog Cotton, Deergrass and heather. Also of significance is the area of the rare and protected Killarney Fern found on the slopes of Carrigeenamrontrty Hill at the outer edges of the Ballyhoura Mountain Range.

The diverse habitats of the Ballyhoura Mountains, including the afforested areas within Cork’s borders, provide an important nesting ground for a variety of birds. Hen harriers and Peregrines are of particular interest in the area as they are both listed on the EU Birds Directive. The heath areas are ideal, and vital, foraging ground for the Hen Harriers.

The Ballyhoura Mountains are also home to the largest designated single bike trails in Ireland at 98km. The area also hosts the annual Ballyhoura International Walking Festival in May.

The Ballyhoura Mountains are a great way to experience the beautiful landscape Ireland has to offer. Come and stay at Ballyhoura Luxury Hostel to enjoy this fantastic Irish Gem

Lorem ipsum dolor amet laboris consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit.

Read more

Lorem ipsum dolor amet laboris consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit.

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt.

Read more