Walkers paradise in Limerick this Bank Holiday weekend

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Rain or shine, thousands will take part in the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival
BALLYHOURA is all set the celebrate its 21st international walking festival in style this Bank Holiday weekend.

BALLYHOURA is all set the celebrate its 21st international walking festival in style this Bank Holiday weekend.

The event brings over a thousand hikers, ramblers and nature lovers to Ballyhoura country from all over Ireland and the UK, said Ballyhoura’s Amanda Slattery.

“There are walks available to suit all ages and abilities - from the Galtee Mountains to the Ballyhoura Mountains and every area in between. Guides from the Ballyhoura Bears Walking club will lead a packed programme.

“Another highlight of the weekend is the sheer amount of community walks available from the heritage of Lough Gur and Doneraile to the flora and fauna of Glenbrohane and Kilfinane. There are over 30. These are real gems of shorter walks. They will be accompanied by experts who will pass on their local knowledge” said Amanda.

Other areas to feature in their extensive list of events is Ballylanders, Castleconnell, Kilmallock, Caherconlish, Galbally, Bruff and across the Cork border in Kildorrery. A new addition this year is dog walks in Limerick Animal Welfare’s sanctuary in Kilfinane.

There are still a couple of remaining brochures available from Ballyhoura Failte on 063-91300 but it is also available to download from www.visitballyhoura.com

“Registration is at all points specified on the brochure and come rain or shine it promises to be a weekend full of activity!” said Amanda.

There are still beds available in the locality “but hurry as they are going fast” she says.

After burning all those calories they can deservedly be replenished at a food fair in Kilmallock on Bank Holiday Monday.

And if that isn’t enough to be getting on with Ballyhoura Active, in association with the Munster Mountain Running Association, is hosting the Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon on Saturday morning, May 2.

It starts in Kilfinane village at 9.30am. While the Marathon isn’t on the walking festival calendar there will is a 38km lead walk on the day over the six peaks. There are events for all walkers - from 1 hour to 7 hours plus.

To see all the different walks and trails and what dates they are taking place please log onto www.visitballyhoura.com