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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

The Ballon Garden - Ballon County Carlow Ireland
Ballon Garden
Ballon, Co. Carlow
Plants overflowing happily into the laneway signal the garden of an enthusiast. Stasia O’Neill and her husband began gardening 46 years ago, starting with a collection of choice shrubs and trees around the perimeter to provide much needed s ...
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Golf

Kilkenny Golf Club - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Kilkenny is a championship golf course and is set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,917 metres with a par of 71.  The course now boasts 18 sand-based undulating greens and is constructed on free draining soil which means it is playable ...
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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

Kilkenny Farmers Market - Every Thursday
Event Name:    Kilkenny Farmers Market - Every Thursday, 9.30am - 2.30pm

at Mayors Walk, The Parade, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

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Tourist Attractions

Castlecomer Discovery Park - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
This wonderful 80 acre discovery park & visitor centre, located at Castlecomer Demesne and Estate Yard is a place to escape and reconnect with nature, to discover more about local coal mining heritage and contemporary craft, and to explore an ...
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Wedding Venues

The Step House Hotel - Wedding Venue Borris County Carlow Ireland
Step House Hotel
Borris, Co. Carlow
Now in the Coady family for 5 generations, this charming hotel has recently been specifically re-designed to host the most intimate and personal weddings. Although only just over an hour from Dublin, the heritage village of Borris is a magical ot ...
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