Carlow a jewel of a county with a wealth of scenery and history from rich pasture land and colourful mountains to the deep and historical Barrow River Valley. The River Barrow flows right through Carlow all the way down to County Wexford. Everywhere in the landscape is the resonance of her ancient pre-Celtic past.
A county of green, vibrant colours, whose welcoming people are much given to outdoor and sporting activities, such as gentle river cruising on the Barrow, golf or even hand gliding on Mount Leinster or touring the many gardens on the Carlow Garden Trail.
Carlow county offers some great walks such as 'The Barrow Way', the longer 'South Leinster Way' or a great forest walks at Oak Park, Kilbrannish or Clogrennane Wood. Carlows famous people include the scientist John Tyndall, born in the 1800's in Carlow, and who discovered the effects of global warming and light pipe prior to the fibre optic.
Carlow Town marks the meeting of the Barrow and Burrin rivers, a point which was believed to be once made up of four lakes, hence the Gaelic name, Ceathar Loch, or Four Lakes.
The main towns in Carlow county are Bagenalstown, Sir Walter Bagenal's 18th century attempt at replicating Versailles, Borris, a handsome estate town, full of charm and heritage and home to the MacMurrough Kavanagh family, ancestors of the Celtic Kings of Leinster living in Borris House Carlow town.
Leighlinbridge, gold medal winner in Europe's Entente Florale in 2001, an attractive town with a beautiful arch bridge, said to be one of the oldest functioning bridges in Europe, Tullow, ancestral home of the famous Wolseley family - of motor car fame - and the picturesque and historic village of St. Mullins, where St. Moling founded a monastery there in the 7th century and where you can see the ruins of this monastic site including a round tower, small granite High Cross and several old churches, old graveyard, moate and St Mullins Holy Well (St Moling's Holly Well). St. Mullins is home to a varied range of wild life ranging from mallard's, heron, kingfisher and more. Brownshill Dolmen near Carlow town has the largest of capstones on top in Ireland of 100 ton weight, which attracts a lot of attention.
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