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

Mount Juliet Conrad & Garden - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Mount Juliet & Garden
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lying amidst 1500 acres of unspoilt woodland, pasture and formal gardens beside the River Nore, Mount Juliet House is one of Ireland’s finest Georgian houses, and one of Europe’s greatest country estates. Even today it retains an ...

Golf

The 4th Green
Carlow Golf Club
Carlow, Co. Carlow
Course Type: Parkland
Long acknowledged as one of the country's finest parkland courses, Carlow Golf Club was founded in 1899. The 6,570 yard par 70 course is naturally free draining and the sandy sub-soil has always made this a highly attractive venue to play at any ...

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

Rothe House & Garden - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Rothe House & Garden
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Built between 1594 and 1610, Rothe House & Garden is steeped in rich local and national history and is an important element of Kilkenny’s & indeed Ireland's heritage as it is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’ ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ballyduff House
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Set in fine rolling countryside in its own farmland and grounds, Breda Thomas’s lovely 18th century house overlooking the River Nore is blessed with an utterly restful location. Ballyduff House offers exceptionally spacious and comfortable ...
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