Ballon, Co. Carlow

Ballon (Balana in Irish) is a village in County Carlow. It is located in the heart of County Carlow on the N80 road near Carlow Town.

Ballon boasts a rich history of stonemasonry, one of Ireland’s oldest crafts, whilst Ballon Hill provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside.  Historians believe that Ballon Hill was the burial place of the King of Ireland, Cathair Mor, in 177 AD; ancient burial grounds are very common in Ballon.  A guided tour of Malone’s 12 acre fruit farm (+353 (0) 503 59477, open May to October) is well worthwhile.  

Within a short distance of the village is Altamont Gardens, set in a small and uniquely beautiful estate, the gardens at Altamont are one of County Carlow's premier tourist attractions and touted as the 'most romantic gardens in Ireland'.

Ballon Hill is a beautiful place for a walk, and it is where a lot of houses are situated. It is only about 450 feet above sea level, but provides a marvellous view of the countryside, it is said, sight of nine counties.

Gardens

Ducketts Grove Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds - Carlow Ireland
Duckett's Grove Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds
Carlow, Co. Carlow
The towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove rise up like a vision from an Arthurian legend set in a luxuriant sweep of countryside near Carlow. It would be worth a trip for the arresting sight of this ruined 1830 Gothic revival castle alon ...

Golf

Coolattin Golf Club - Coollattin Shillelagh Arklow Co Wicklow Ireland
Coolattin Golf Club
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Coollattin Golf Club is a Peter McEvoy designed par 70 championship parkland golf course that is surrounded by scenic views of the Wicklow countryside. Coollattin is a challenging course that prides itself as an oasis of calm in a truly beaut ...

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

BrookLodge Farmers Market - County Wicklow
Brooklodge Farmers Market

BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin village, County Wicklow

Organic food markets, held on the first Sunday of the month, noon-5pm (April - October).

M ...

Tourist Attractions

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Dwyer McAllister Cottage
Donard, Co. Wicklow
Dwyer McAllister Cottage is is a cottage dedicated to the memory of Michael Dwyer, a celebrated 1798 leader. The cottage nestles in the shade of Kaedeen mountain at the top of a grassy lane off the Donard to Rathdangan road and it was here in win ...

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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14th January 2008
Michael Martin
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