Type of Trail
What type of bike to use
Good quality mountain bike with front suspension or full suspension.
The facilities at Ballyhoura are good. There is a €5 charge for car parking which would hold about 100 cars. It is a good idea to bring some change with you because there is not always change available at the ticket machine. There are good toilet and shower facilities in a cabin in the car park so bring a towel and a change of clothes. There is a €2 charge for the showers. There is also picnic tables and snack machines in the cabin. There is a bike wash which takes €2 coins. The trail is marked but does not allow for people that may want to return early to the car park. We believe that the posts should be numbered and referenced on a map.
The car park and trailhead for these trails is located 2 kms south of Ardpatrick village in Co. Limerick off the R512 road. From Limerick, take the N20 south through Charleville and continue 2kms further on to Ballyhea. Turn left just after Ballyhea church and drive for 10kms to reach Ardpatrick village. Turn right and continue for 2.5 kms. Take a turn to the right signposted Castle Oliver view and the car park is 1km up this road.
From Cork, take the N20 north to Ballyhea, turn right at the church and follow above instructions. From Dublin, take M7 south to Limerick and join N20. From Shannon, take N18 south to Limerick and join N20.