Ballon, Co. Carlow

Ballon (Balana in Irish) is a village in County Carlow. It is located in the heart of County Carlow on the N80 road near Carlow Town.

Ballon boasts a rich history of stonemasonry, one of Ireland’s oldest crafts, whilst Ballon Hill provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside.  Historians believe that Ballon Hill was the burial place of the King of Ireland, Cathair Mor, in 177 AD; ancient burial grounds are very common in Ballon.  A guided tour of Malone’s 12 acre fruit farm (+353 (0) 503 59477, open May to October) is well worthwhile.  

Within a short distance of the village is Altamont Gardens, set in a small and uniquely beautiful estate, the gardens at Altamont are one of County Carlow's premier tourist attractions and touted as the 'most romantic gardens in Ireland'.

Ballon Hill is a beautiful place for a walk, and it is where a lot of houses are situated. It is only about 450 feet above sea level, but provides a marvellous view of the countryside, it is said, sight of nine counties.

Gardens

Altamont Gardens - Tullow County Carlow Ireland
Altamont
Tullow, Co. Carlow
There are places that have a special indefinable magic about them and Altamont is abundantly one of them. It could be attributed to the glorious setting, with views from the appealing 300 year old house across an ornamental lake to woods with Lug ...

Golf

Gowran Park Golf Club - Gowran County Kilkenny Ireland
Gowran Park Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
In 2001 Gowran Park, in County Kilkenny, developed this unique 18 hole golf course to compliment its renowned race meetings. Incorporating a mixture of established woodland and lakes, this Jeff Howes designed par 71, 18 hole golf course provid ...

Self Catering

Blanchville House - Self Catering - Maddoxtown County Kilkenny Ireland
The Coachyard & Gardener's Cottage at Blanchville House
Maddoxtown, Co. Kilkenny
The delightful Victorian Coach House in the grounds of Blanchville House has been sensitively converted to provide three very comfortable self-catering units. Situated five miles (8km), 10 minute's drive from the Medieval City of Kilkenny and ...

What's On

Athy Farmers Market - County Kildare - Sundays
Athy Farmers Market - Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare

Sunday, 10am - 3pm

Contact: 087 215 3332; www.kildare.ie/athyfarmersmarket

Tourist Attractions

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre - Carlow Town County Carlow Ireland
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Carlow, Co. Carlow
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a state of the art multi-disciplinary facility that comprises a 294-seater performing arts theatre, four principal gallery spaces (Main Gallery, Studio Gallery, Link Gall ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ballykealey Manor Hotel
Ballon, Co. Carlow
This pleasing country house hotel designed by Thomas A Cobden (designer of Carlow cathedral) was built in the 1830s and, with gothic arches and Tudor chimney stacks among its architectural oddities, it has plenty of character. This wedding ve ...
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14th January 2008
Michael Martin
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