Championship golf is nearby with some of the finest golf courses in Ireland within driving distance of Ballyfin.
The K Club (81 kms)
Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course is ranked regularly in the top three parkland golf courses in Ireland. This Palmer designed golf haven is a must-play 'badge of honour' that has hosted the top golf players in the world. The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens testify to the importance of The Palmer Ryder Cup Course to European Golf.
Mount Juliet (78 kms)
The beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet golf course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for professionals and leisure golfers worldwide. Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland, the par 72, 7,300 yard layout boasts rolling fairways, many featuring water hazards and contoured greens, all superbly blended into the spectacular setting of this famous old Irish estate.
The Heritage (30 kms)
A 72 par Championship golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes is located nearby in County Laois, with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop. Five lakes and a stream meander through the course and bring water into play on ten holes. 98 beautifully shaped bunkers and 7,000 trees adorn the landscape, which is very gently undulating without any climbing involved.
Hiking and exploring in the Slieve Bloom Mountains
The gentle rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, very near Ballyfin.
The area is made up of forests, blanket bog of a type unique to Ireland, interspersed with hidden valleys of great character, and interest to the nature lover. The natural colours of the landscape are remarkable in any season. Much of the higher reaches of the mountains have been designated as an Environmentally Protected Area for special preservation, as an amenity for generations to come. The mountains also provide a paradise for walkers of all levels.
Guides can be arranged for walks of a couple of hours to a full day with a picnic lunch or a stop in a friendly pub, or visitors to Birr can enjoy a spectacular drive over the mountains.