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Cafes, Pubs and Restaurant
Carlow Attractions

Café Thyme at Delta Sensory Gardens

After strolling through the Delta Sensory Gardens I went for lunch at the on-site cafe and restaurant Café Thyme. The Delta Sensory Gardens are part of the Delta Centre which is a center for adults with intellectual disabilities. The sensory theatre building in the Gardens houses a reception, toilet facilities, a colorful indoor musical fountain, […]

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Historic Houses

Lisnavagh House

Lisnavagh House is located in Lisnavagh Estate. The estate of 800 acres of parkland, woods, and farmland lies outside the village of Rathvilly in County Carlow. Situated on the County Carlow and County Wicklow border about an hour or so from Dublin. Moreover, Lisnavagh Estate is striking panoramic views of the Wicklow Hills, Blackstairs Mountains, […]

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Castles

Clonmore Castle

Not far from Hacketstown, in the east of County Carlow, the outskirts of Clonmore village, can be found the ruin of Clonmore Castle. What`s more, of all the castles of County Carlow (and in the fifteenth century, there were at least one hundred and fifty) none has more impressive remains than that of the castle […]

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Dolmens and Rocks

Haroldstown Dolmen

Dolmens are megalithic structures of the cultural heritage of Ireland. Scattered all over the country and there is no shortage of them in County Carlow as well. Thus, the first and most famous one is the Brownshill Dolmen. And, the second one I got to is Haroldstown Dolmen. Situated on the banks of the Derren […]

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Castles

Tinnahinch Castle

During my visit to Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny I discovered by chance the ruins of Tinnahinch Castle. So, the ruins of the castle are behind a modern house on the east bank of River Barrow, the County Carlow side of the river. Unfortunately, it is not possible to enter. An old ruin, located beside the Lock […]

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Borris Viaduct

22nd of July was the official opening of the revamped Borris Viaduct. Impressive sixteen arch Viaduct, with spectacular views to the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster, has recently received work by Carlow County Council to make it safer and more accessible. They called the Viaduct “A bridge to the past and a link to the […]

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Must visit place in Carlow
Towns and Village

Borris

Borris is a Georgian, granite village, full of charm and heritage. Nestling in the fertile valley of the River Barrow, below the curve of the Blackstairs Mountains. With its traditional Irish street front and spectacular mountain setting. Borris village is a popular stop for those boating or walking in the area. The name denotes a […]

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Cottages

Ivy Cottage at Borris

Ivy Cottage at Borris is the most beautiful cottage I’ve seen in County Carlow. It is located just at the entrance to Borris village. Beautiful Borris village is full of charm and looks like time stopped here. The cottage is called Ivy Cottage and it`s all ivy-covered. Ivy symbolizes fidelity (it won’t easily let go […]

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Graveyards

Dunleckney Parish Churchyard

I recently discovered a beautiful old churchyard called Dunleckney Parish Churchyard. Dunleckney – Dun Leicne – Fort of the Flagstones – also known as – Fort of the Hillside. So, it is a parish in the barony of Idrone East, County Carlow. Besides, this place which is situated near the River Barrow was anciently the […]

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Castles
Must visit place in Carlow
National Monument

Ballymoon Castle

Out of hundreds of ruined castles across Ireland, Ballymoon Castle is one of the more unique and mysterious. Situated in the Barrow Valley, approximately 2 miles (3 km) east of Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown), County Carlow, Ireland. Ballymoon Castle is located only 3,8 km from Ballyloughan Castle. Like many other Irish castles, Ballymoon has no recorded […]

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Castles
National Monument

Ballyloughan Castle

Ballyloughan Castle is a ruined castle and National Monument of Ireland. Located in County Carlow near Bagenalstown. Today, a twin-towered gatehouse, the hall, and the foundations of one of the corner towers, dating to about 1300 remain. What`s more, Ballyloughan`s gatehouse, which protected the entrance to the castle, is one of the finest examples of […]

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Carlow Sugar Factory

The story of Carlow Sugar Factory begins in 1925. County Carlow was selected as the best county for the sugar factory because it is situated in a rich tillage area, and, sugar beet was a crop well suited to the local growing conditions. Besides, Carlow had good rail and waterway connections. So, its produce could […]

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5km from Carlow Town
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Parks and Forests

Clogrennane Wood

Clogrennane Wood is a marvelous County Carlow woodland, one of the popular places listed under the National Park in Carlow. It is an old woodland and has had forestry since the 1800s. The predominant tree species include Beech, Spruce, Larch, and Oak with vegetation consistent with that of an old woodland. Depending on the season, […]

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Shopping

Fairgreen Shopping Centre

Fairgreen Shopping Centre commenced trading in October 2003 at a cost of €50 million. It is the largest and most modern shopping center in Carlow County. It includes over 40 shops as well as restaurants, bars, and a cinema. With a fantastic range of shops, food outlets, and a state-of-the-art IMC cinema. Fairgreen is the […]

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Around Carlow
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County Kildare

The Barrow Way (Carlow – Athy)

The Barrow Way is a long-distance walking trail in Ireland. It follows the original towpath of the River Barrow. Therefore it is considered one of the most scenic and picturized inland waterways. Also, the trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. It is 113 kilometers (70 miles) long and begins in Robertstown, County […]

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