The Glen of Aherlow

The Glen of Aherlow

The Glen of Aherlow is World renowned as a paradise for walkers and cyclists and is now officially the Best Inland Holiday Destination in Ireland thanks to a Ccompetition run by the Irish Times! Check out our video here:

We are happy to provide early breakfast for those heading out for a day’s activity and to provide you with a delicious packed lunch. There are secure storage facilities available for your bikes or clubs and a drying room for your gear.

When you return from a day’s activity, what better way to relax that with a pre dinner drink by a cosy fire or in our beautiful gardens.


The natural beauty of the Glen of Aherlow, nestled between the Galtee mountains on the south and the Slievenamuck Ridge on the North, is justly famous. The area is dotted with corrie lakes and streams that twist and rush down from the mountains through the lush woodlands. It’s a real treasure, and a joy for walkers of all level of ability.

During the annual Glen of Aherlow Walking Festivals, which takes place in January & June each year, there are organised guided walks. But at any time of year walking enthusiasts will enjoy quiet lanes, mountain paths, way marked walks though the woods and by the lakes and of course always that wonderful scenery.

We are happy to suggest suitable routes for your walk or visit for a list of Loop Walks and longer Hikes into the Galtees!


The Glen might have been designed for cyslists, with the two main roads joined by a series of quiet narrow roads, so that you can travel a looping route that will take you to some of the most lovely parts of the area. There are many possible routes, from those that are relatively flat and will suit the occasional cyclist, to one that incorporate mountain tracks for the more dedicated and adventurous.

Again we are happy to suggest suitable routes and can organise bike hire for you.


Tipperary Golf Club, just a mile from Ballyglass House, is a scenic parkland course, overlooked by Cordangan Woods and the Galtee Mountains. It’s a testing 18 hole, par 71 course and one where visitors are always made welcome.

Also close by is the Ballykisteen Ramada Golf and Country Club, which in addition to an excellent championship golf course has a day spa for those less enamoured of a day on the course! Cahir Golf Club is a short drive away, and is in a particularly lovely setting, overlooked by Cahir Castle.

Horse Riding

There are many people who would say that the best way to explore the Glen of Aherlow is on horseback. We can arrange horse riding for our guests at a local riding centre, Hillcrest, who offer treks and trail rides of various lengths to riders of all ability, from absolute beginners.

There is a challenging Cross-Country course which covers over 100 man-made and natural fences available for those with more experience.


Tipperary is the home of Hurling, Ireland’s national game, and there are regular matches in Thurles and at local clubs. Visitors are always welcome, and if you’ve never seen this fast and skilful sport played, we would highly recommend that you take a look!

Photo credit: mapryan