Co. Carlow, South East

Carlow’s character and charm is within easy reach of Dublin, yet the city influence is kept at bay with a lively sense of place.  Although it is Ireland's second smallest county, it confidently incorporates such wonderful varieties of scenery that it has been memorably commented that the Creator was in fine form when He made Carlow.

Whether you're lingering along the gentle meanderings of the waterway of the River Barrow, or enjoying the upper valley of the River Slaney while savouring the soaring outlines of the Blackstairs Mountains as they sweep upwards to the 793 m peak of Mount Leinster, this gallant little area will soon have you in thrall.

There's history a-plenty if you wish to seek it out. But for those who prefer to live in the present, the county town of Carlow itself fairly buzzes with student life and the energetic trade of a market centre which is also home to a micro-brewery that, among other admirable products, is the source of the award-winning O’Hara’s Stout.

With the main roads much improved in recent years, a more leisurely pace can be enjoyed at riverside villages such as Leighlinbridge and Bagenalstown. Leighlinbridge - pronounced "Lochlinbridge" – has for many years been Carlow's most community-conscious riverside village, the holder of a Tidy Towns Gold Medal and an Entente Floriale winner.

There are also welcome improvements taking place to fulfill Bagenalstown's potential as a proper miniature river port, while the hidden hillside village of Borris is an enchantment in itself.



Local Attractions and Information

Carlow - VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre presents the work of a balanced mixture of local, national international artists.

Carlow Eigse – Arts Festival (June) +353 (0)59 9140491

Carlow town Tourist Information +353 (0)59 9131554

Carlow county Carlow Rural Tourism +353 (0)59 9130411/9130446

Carlow Craft Brewery Micro-brewery +353 (0)59 9134356

Tullow Altamont Gardens +353 (0)59 9159444

Gardens

Newtownbarry House Gardens - Bunclody County Wexford Ireland
Newtownbarry House Gardens
Bunclody, Co. Wexford
The restoration of the gardens at Newtownbarry House has all the excitement of memories brought back to life. After 50 years of neglect, sturdy saplings and rampant brambles had to be cleared to reveal the layout of the historic sunken garden.&r ...

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

Enniscorthy Farmers Market - County Wexford - Saturdays
Enniscorthy Farmers Market

The Abbey Square Carpark, Enniscorthy, County Wexford

Every Saturday 9am-2pm

Contact: Pat Roche - 087 794 8830 www.wexfordfarmersmarkets.com

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 ...

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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