Ballyhoura International Walking Festival

Ballyhoura International Walking Festival

Ballyhoura International Walking Festival

It’s time to get your walking boots out! Ballyhoura International Walking festival is here again. With 23 years experience, they know how to run a walking festival.

The bank holiday weekend from Friday 4th May until Monday 7th May in Ballyhoura will be action packed and thought provoking. Following a short nature trail walk, the festival will kick off in the Deebert Hotel in Kilmallock at 7.30 p.m. with a talk by Irish writer, traveller and TV documentary maker Manchán Magan. He will tell wild and interesting stories about his 20 years travelling in Africa, India and South America, talk about sustainable eco-tourism in Ireland and give a global perspective on eco-tourism.

Then the walking festival will heat up, providing opportunities to explore some of Ballyhoura Country’s stunning countryside guided by experts in local flora and fauna, archaeology and history.

Saturday morning will see walkers take to the Galtee Mountains, a grade A walk for experienced and fit walkers. This will be a charity event, the proceeds of which will go to support a reputable local charity Liam’s Lifts which helps people in need of transport for oncology appointments in Cork city. Meanwhile lesser mortals will take to the tracks and trails for more moderate walks on a learning curve informed by local guides. For the more romantically minded there will be a singles walk along the Keale River from Darragh to Ballyorgan for people over 18, followed by guided night walks and a blue grass music session in Kilfinane, music to be provided by Pilgrim St and the Bootleggers.

Having listened to Manchán Magan talk about his adventures and about eco-tourism on Friday night, on Sunday, people will be enthused at the prospect of a strenuous walk in the Galtee mountains guided by members of The Earth’s Edge, Ireland’s only fully licenced adventure travel company. This walk will incorporate workshops/discussions on navigation, steep ground, multi-day trekking, high altitude trekking and wilderness camping and cooking.

The Earth’s Edge specialise in organising adventure holidays and trekking, biking, river and tri-adventure expeditions in 40 countries throughout the world. They organise expeditions to Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, Everest base camp and so on. For those interested in hearing more, on Sunday evening in Coote Hall in Kilmallock the Earth’s Edge guides will give an information talk. Free tickets for that information session can be booked at

On Sunday night the Church of Ireland will host a ‘Hikers’ Hooley’ ball with traditional music provided by Kilfinane Comhaltas.

On Monday if you can still stand up you can go on one of several moderate grade walks to finish up a great weekend.

To be sure not to miss any walk or event that would be of special interest to you, go to and check out the brochure. There you will see the timetable and details of all the walks and events that will take place over the bank holiday weekend. Alternatively, there are a limited number of brochures for Ballyhoura International Walking Festival available in local shops. Tickets are available for purchase on the above website and we would urge you to book ahead so you are not disappointed as some events are selling fast and there are limited spaces!!

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