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

The Cottage Garden - The Bay Garden, Camolin, Enniscorthy County Wexford
Bay Garden, The
Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Patience has paid off for Frances and Iain MacDonald. When they first bought their pretty Georgian farmhouse in 1989 the surrounding couple of acres was waist high with weeds and full of ash saplings. They cleared the site and grassed it to contr ...

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

Athy Farmers Market - County Kildare - Sundays
Athy Farmers Market - Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare

Sunday, 10am - 3pm

Contact: 087 215 3332; www.kildare.ie/athyfarmersmarket

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

Wedding
The BrookLodge Hotel & Wells Spa
Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow
Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of County Wicklow, yet only 50 minutes drive from South Dublin, this hotel is spacious and welcoming, with elegant country house furnishings, open fires and plenty of places for guests to mill around comforta ...
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14th January 2008
Michael Martin
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