Whether you are visiting or living in Mitchelstown, there are plenty of things that can keep you entertained. There is a fine selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from where you can enjoy the native hospitality.
There are outdoor activities such as:
Walking and Hiking
The Ballyhoura region which Mitchelstown is part of, is renowned for its beauty and provides a range of walks to suit all abilities. The region offers spectacular scenery and can afford both the dedicated hill walker and the ‘Sunday stroller’ a huge variety of walks. The drive along the Blackwater Valley and around by ‘The Vee’ is one of the most beautiful drives in the country and lies at the town’s doorstep.You can find a selection of walks and trails on the links below. Doneraile Forest Park 20 monists from Mitchelstown and Ballyhoura Mountain Park both offer marked walks, nature trails and orienteering combined with plenty of fresh air and splendid scenery.There are many beautiful walks in the Mitchelstown area.
Every Tuesday a local walking group meet in Tesco car park at 7pm and walk different routes in the town led by trained walk leaders.
Below is a map of Mitchelstown Historic Town Walk, outlining all the points of interest in the area
Every Year in August The Ballyhoura Walking Festival is rolled out across the area. Guided walks are organised across all communities for all abilities.
Located in the Ballyhoura Mountains, 20 minutes from Mitchelstown is the largest mountain biking trail network of it’s kind in Ireland. 98 km of trails including forest road climbs, tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, board walk, tight turns and technical rocky bits are gauranteed to leave you smiling. The trails range from the moderate 6 km Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 km in length! Facilities at the trail head include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities. On arrival there is a secure car park with monitored CCTV cameras. There is also snacks and tea and coffee also available for a reasonable price. Trail accomodation, bike rental and good food are available locally. Facilities at the trail head include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities. There is also state of the art changing rooms and picnic tables. On arrival there is a secure car park (€5 in coins charge or annual pass from Coillte available) with monitored CCTV cameras. There is also snacks and tea and coffee also available for a reasonable price. Trail accommodation, bike rental and good food are available locally.
Situated off the main Cork to Dublin road, Mitchelstown Cave is a must on your itinerary. Although the name can be deceptive Mitchelstown cave is located in Co. Tipperary at the foothills of the Galty Mountains. Tours by informative guides will take you though three massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, graceful calcite curtains hang from sloping roofs, calcite crystals glisten like diamonds in the distance. Huge calcite columns and one of Europe’s finest columns the inspiring “Tower of Babel”.The Mitchelstown Caves are limestone caves located on the R639 between Mitchelstown and Cahir. One cave, Mitchelstown Cave itself, is privately owned and has been developed as a show cave , with a number of caverns open to the public through a guided tour. Some of the speleothems are noteworthy including the Tower of Babel formation. Various other stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations are also named and famous for their unique and impressive structure.
The extensive local river network offers a wide choice of game and coarse fishing. Ask any fisherman and they’ll tell you the best place for salmon fishing is right there on the River Blackwater running though Fermoy and Mitchelstown. National competitions are held on this river in Kildorrery.
In the rich and fertile land of North Cork in the shadow of the Galtee Mountains you will find Mitchelstown Golf Club. Founded in 1910 the course has matured into one of Munster’s finest parkland courses. Built on top quality land the course remains playable all year round. Nominated by Kevin Markham (well known Irish golf writer, photographer and author of “Hooked”) as one of the top ten Irish golf courses
Gardens & Wildlife Areas
Horse Riding Tuition, Trail Riding and Pony Trekking are available at local equestrian centres