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Carlow: A Tranquil Journey through Nature's Splendour

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.

Carlow Gardens

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.

Millford

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 Portal Tomb Dolmen

Dolmen

Brownshill Portal Tomb Dolmen is situated 3km east from Carlow town . It is a large megalithic portal tomb. with one of the largest capstones on top and weighs approximately 150 tons.

It dates back between 4000 BC and 3000 BC when religious ceremonies were performed here.

Blackstairs Eco Trails

Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Blackstairs Mountains and explore the well-preserved wilderness. Take guided walks, hike along scenic trails, and learn about the local flora and fauna.

Black Castle

Castles to Visit in Carlow

History enthusiasts will be captivated by the grandeur of Carlow's castles. Step back in time at places like Carlow Castle, Huntington Castle, and Leighlinbridge Castle, where ancient stories come to life amidst magnificent architecture.

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Borris House

This splendid Tudor-style mansion boasts a rich history and offers guided tours that delve into the lives of the previous inhabitants. Marvel at the impressive collection of artwork and explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the estate.

O'Shea's in Borris

Sample the Best Carlow Pubs

Enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere of County Carlow's traditional pubs. Places like M O'Shea's in Borris where you can buy anything from a paint brush to a pint of Guinness, Dinn Ri, Teach Dolmain, and The Red Setter Pub offer a friendly environment where you can savour a pint of Guinness and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Our Favourite Carlow Restaurants

Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure in County Carlow. Sample exquisite dishes made from locally sourced ingredients at establishments like The Cellar Restaurant, Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, and The Forge Restaurant.

Water Adventure

Embrace the thrill of water sports at the Barrow River. Try kayaking, paddle boarding, or take a leisurely boat trip along the tranquil waters. It's a fantastic way to explore the region's natural beauty from a different perspective.

Carlow County Museum

Carlow County Museum

Dive into the history of County Carlow at the Carlow County Museum. Discover fascinating artifacts, learn about the county's heritage, and gain insights into its cultural significance. The Carlow County Museum offers a captivating journey through time and is a must visit for those interested in County Carlow's history.

The Carlow Greenway

Explore the stunning landscapes of County Carlow by taking a leisurely bike ride or stroll along the county's greenways. The Barrow Way and the South Leinster Way provide scenic routes that showcase the region's natural beauty. The Carlow Greenway, nestled in the heart of County Carlow, Ireland, is a picturesque and enchanting trail that offers visitors a tranquil journey through the region's natural splendour. This 24-kilometer stretch of converted railway line provides a perfect escape from the bustling city life, immersing travellers in the serene beauty of the Irish countryside.

The Carlow Greenway is not just a scenic route; it also provides an opportunity to discover the rich history and heritage of the region. Along the trail, you'll encounter remnants of the area's industrial past, including old railway stations and bridges that once played a crucial role in the transportation of goods and people. These remnants serve as a reminder of Carlow's fascinating history.

Whether you're seeking an invigorating cycling adventure or a peaceful walk immersed in nature, the Carlow Greenway is an ideal destination. The trail offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing you to reconnect with nature and find inner peace.

Bagenalstown Train Station

Bagenalstown, a captivating town in County Carlow, Ireland, where history, nature, and the allure of a quaint railway station converge to create an unforgettable experience. Prepare to be enchanted as we embark on a journey to unravel the secrets of Bagenalstown, where every corner tells a tale of its timeless allure.

Railway station. A beacon of nostalgia, the station stands as a testament to a bygone era of travel. As trains glide in and out, the platform echoes with the whispers of countless journeys embarked upon and cherished memories made.
Carlow Park Plaground

Family Days Out in Carlow

The Greenways: Explore the stunning landscapes of County Carlow by taking a leisurely bike ride or stroll along the county's greenways. The Barrow Way and the South Leinster Way provide scenic routes that showcase the region's natural beauty.

Blackstairs Eco Trails: Embark on a guided nature walk along the Blackstairs Mountains, suitable for the whole family. Learn about the unique ecosystem, spot wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

The Big Blue Barn: A perfect family day out awaits at The Big Blue Barn. Engage in fun activities like petting farm animals, exploring the playground, and enjoying delicious homemade treats at the café.

Brownshill Dolmen: Discover the ancient wonders of County Carlow at Brownshill Dolmen, the largest megalithic portal tomb in Ireland. Witness the impressive structure and marvel at the historical significance of this ancient monument.

County Carlow Military Museum

County Carlow Military Museum Step into the past and explore the military history of County Carlow at the County Carlow Military Museum. Discover a vast collection of artifacts, uniforms, and weaponry that showcases the region's military heritage.

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See & Do in Carlow

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