Among the outdoor activities offered at Ballyfin are coarse fishing on the lake, which has a large stock of roach and pike, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, archery and falconry.

Within the demesne there are several miles of hard surfaced paths as well as miles of mown grass paths offering a gentle stroll or the exhilaration of mountain biking. The gardens and park lands are a delight to explore and picnics are offered to enjoy in the grounds.

Ballyfin Demesne is full of wildlife, so much to look out for while exploring the demesne. Wild birds to name a few that can be seen are Kestrels, Sparrow hawks, Hen Harriers, Buzzards, long eared Owl, Cuckoo, Pheasants, Kingfishers, Swans, Cootes and Moorhens.

Catch a glimpse of a Fox, Deer, Red Squirrel, Mink and Pine Marten.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon fishing on the lake, Pike, Roach, Tench and Eel (catch and return).

Some of the activities available

(see our activities brochure for the full list of activities)


Boating on the Lake

Enjoy a leisurely boat trip on the 28 acre lake or why not let our Butler take you out while you relax and enjoy the scenery. Arrange a Ballyfin picnic and this will be ready for you at a beautiful private location close to the lake.

Coarse fishing on the lake

A morning or afternoon of fishing on the lake for Pike and Roach. We can arrange a ghillie and lessons if required (see the activities brochure for cost).

Ballyfin Picnic Experience

Arrange a Ballyfin picnic in a place of your choice on the demesne. You are spoilt for choice with some excellent locations to choose from, the grotto, temple, by the water cascade, top of the tower, by the lake. The Picnic House can also be pre-booked and cost applies.

Horse Riding*

With 614 acres to explore, horse riding around the demesne is a wonderful experience. Our experienced instructors will guide you around the demesne, trekking by the tower and lake, deep into the demesne. Horse riding lessons in the paddock can also be arranged with our experienced instructors. (pre-booking in advance required)

Pony & Carriage*

Step back in time and take a guided tour on a pony & carriage which awaits you at the front door. The tour will take you around the pathways of the demesne with your guide highlighting the history of the demesne. (pre-booking in advance required)

Clay Pigeon Shooting*

Clay Pigeon shooting is a thrilling experience. Whether you are a beginner or expert you will enjoy this sport. Perfect your aim, time your shots and let the competitive streak in you shine.

Air Rifle Target Shooting*

Using the most advanced pre-charged air rifles on our 50m range, your instructor will guide you in the skill of precision shooting.


Despite its medieval origins, archery has now been developed into a high-tech and highly competitive sport. Using the very latest equipment guests are taught the skills required to strike gold on the competition shoot.


Experience the beauty and elegance of these majestic birds of prey, get close and be captivated by eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. (pre-booking in advance of arrival required)

* extra charge applies