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.