Welcome to Carlow where the layers of Ireland's
ancient history live today.
South East of Ireland is fittingly described as 'River Valleys in an Ancient Land',
in acknowledgement of the fact that this most ancient corner of Ireland has a
pleasing concentration of historical attractions which are very often set deep
in tranquil, scenic river valleys. This is especially true of County Carlow. No
other county can boast the same density of early field monuments, Celtic settlements,
druidic places of interest and locations of renown.
Carlow town lies in
the heartland of this rich, vibrant, farming county. It is a modern town, its
progressive community rightly pride themselves on the range of facilities and
attractions they now offer to their growing numbers of visitors. Bright, well
stocked stores vie with small, specialised shops and studios for your attention.
All collectively convey a busy buzz of activity while extending a welcoming message
to both the visitor and native Carlovian alike.
Wherever you roam in Carlow
- and the county lends itself to unhurried exploration by motor car, bicycle or
on foot you will discover a fascinating history, set in an untouched landscape
of culture and heritage.
A popular destination for the touring motorist
is Altamount House & Gardens which date from the 17th Century. The gardens, which
are open to the public on Sunday afternoons and bank holidays from April to October,
are a delightful blend of formal and informal vistas. A large, man-made lake provides
a perimeter walk with ever-changing views and perspectives, rare trees, shrubs
and bountiful wildlife.
The Ridge Drive brings contact with Killeshin Church's
Romanesque doorway, one of the delights of this area, and provides spectacular
Visit Milford surely Ireland's most picturesque "aquatic
junction complex" - and on to Leighlinbridge, a classic example of canal era settlement.
Nearby Old Leighlin Village boasts the oldest pub in Ireland - the Cleary family
have run it since 1543!
Bagenalstown, Borris, Graignamanagh and the Barrow
River Valley are also popular touring routes - and a walking route second to none,
sure to appeal to the Carlow town based visitor.
In the east of the county,
Tullow and Hacketstown were important centres of the 1798 rebellion, as was Rathvilly
- today more famous for its great record in the National Tidy Towns Competition.
it has been National Champion on no less than three occasions. Clonmore is an
ancient site with castle and church and an unrivalled collection of early Christian
Carlow Deerpark (par 70) 3km
Killerig (par 72) 6km
tel: 059 9163000
Wolseley (par 72 ) 20km
tel: 059 9151674
Juliet (par 72 ) 45km
tel: 059 7773000
Kilkea Castle (par 72 ) 18km
tel: 059 9145555
(par 72 ) 35km
tel: 045 403316
other good 18 hole local clubs who welcome Green Fees.
are several restaurants within walking distance of Barrowville House. We are happy
to make recommendations to you. Restaurant cuisines include:
A living Celtic tradition where the presence of Celts, Druids and Early Christians
The Browns Hill Dolmen is a sombre, silent yet eloquent testament
to our remote ancestors. Carlow Castle dates to the 13th centuiry. Oak Park Estate
and House is now a major research centre. The extensive grounds include a wild
life sanctuary and a large artificial lake with eight small and wooded islands.
The Town Hall building is the location for a well presented museum. The
fine Court House, designed by Morrison, is based on the classic Ilissus in Athens.
Much admired is the tall and splendid Cathedral of the Assumption completed in
George Bernard Shaw has many associations with the town,
for example the old County Library is part of the Shaw bequest to Carlow.
Leighlinbridge, standing sentinel over perhaps the oldest bridge on the Barrow
navigation, on the site of the 12th century Black Castle is Bellingham Castle.
Today's sportsman is very well catered for in Carlow. The town's
golf course offers a championship standard challenge to visitors, while located
near Tullow is the fine new Mount Wolseley Golf Course. Attractive Borris offers
a scenic setting for its delightful nine hole course.
The River Barrow
is itself a centre of sporting activities. It offers superb game angling, while
coarse angling is well catered for in both Carlow town and near Graignamanagh
and Saint Mullins. The Slaney River near Tullow is a famous salmon river.
waterway is much beloved of boating enthusiasts, while for the walker, nature-lover
and those with an interest in industrial archaeology, the towns and surrounding
countryside provide much to see and do and are themselves a living repository
Equestrian activities are also easy to come by in Carlow with
AIRA centres to be enjoyed in both Carlow town and Bagenalstown.
tel: 059 9159444
Emo Court, Portlaoise (N7)
Russborough House near Blessington (N81)
Kilfane near Thomastown off the N80
and National Stud N7
tel: 045 521617
There are many other smaller
gardens in the surrounding area.
The following areas are
more than suitable for touring from Carlow: Dublin, Powerscourt, Glendalough,
Avoca, Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Dunmore Caves, Cashel, Birr Castle. Touring
assistance and directions are always available.
tel/fax: (059) 9130850
tel/fax: (059) 9170776
tel: (059) 9130411
Eigse Arts Festival, every year
Miles of towpaths along the river Barrow for those
that like serious walking. Higher up, the lovely Mount Leinster Way offers a challenging
adventure, while not so challenging are the rural Kilkenny hills overlooking Carlow
and its surrounds.