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Borris, Co. Carlow

Borris (an Bhuiríos in Irish) is a small town nestled in a sleepy nook along the River Barrow, which meanders through the undulating valleys of County Carlow. Borris is 13 km (8 miles) downriver from Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown). There is a graceful 16-arch viaduct, situated at the lower end of the town, which was intended to carry the now defunct Great Southern and Western Railway Line between Bagenalstown and Wexford.

This captivating village is located in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountains and offers beautiful scenery, excellent for either walking and scenic drives, or perhaps a visit to one of the many local craft workers. 

Interesting local sites include the fine old Borris House (+353 (0) 59 977 1884).  Anglers are well catered for on both the River Barrow and the Brandon lake and for those who are looking for a more active pursuit Borris offers cycling, canoeing, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, or for the really adventurous Mount Leinster is a great spot for hang gliding.  

It has golf (9) and is a good point from which to explore the Blackstairs Mountains to the east (highest point Mount Leinster 2610 feet).

The beautiful Borris House demesne lies between the town and the river. 

Gardens

Hardymount Garden - Tullow County Carlow Ireland
Hardymount
Tullow, Co. Carlow
 “Welcome to my garden,” says the notice hanging on the gate, and indeed it is a welcoming place. The sight of Hardymount - a 1730s former road house with Regency bow ends added a century later - is enough to raise expectations. ...
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Golf

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Mount Juliet Golf Club
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus, the beautiful and challenging Nicklaus designed Mount Juliet course located 19km (12 miles) south of Kilkenny City has established itself as one of Ire ...
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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 ...
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What's On

Carlow Market - Carlow - Saturdays
Bridewell Lane, Carlow Town, Saturdays - 9am to 2pm

Stalls include:

Home Bakery, Organic Food and Vegetables, Meat, Flowers, Cheese, Apples, Juices, Hot Food.

E ...
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Tourist Attractions

St Marys Church - Gowran County Kilkenny Ireland
St Marys Church
Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
In the centre of Gowran village is the historic St Marys Collegiate Church which contains monuments from the 14th to 17th centuries. This collegiate church was built in the late 13th century on the site of an earlier monastery and was served by a ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Sha Roe Bistro
Clonegal, Co. Carlow
Henry Stone - well known for his years as head chef at nearby Marlfield House - and his partner, Stephanie Barrillier, hit the ground running when they opened this restaurant on the ground floor of a 1690 house on the main street of Clonegal, in ...
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