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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

Coolaught Gardens - Clonroche County Wexford Ireland
Coolaught Gardens
Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
The replanting of the old orchard at Coolaught provided the perfect excuse for Caroline Deacon – a passionate gardener like her husband Harry - to expand the garden beside the family’s farmhouse, one of the 100 oldest homes in County ...
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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer's course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that ...
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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

Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Kilkenny Castle was built to control a fording-point of the ...
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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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