Around Carlow
County Laois

Stradbally, Co. Laois

Stradbally is a town in County Laois and it is known for its Steam Rally and the Electric Picnic. Stradbally is located on the N80 National Secondary Route, approximately 12km east of Portlaoise and 7km from Junction 16 on the M7 Motorway. The history of Stradbally dates to the 6th century when a monastery was […]

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Around Carlow
County Laois

Oughaval Church, Co. Laois

Driving from Carlow to Stradbally you will find this impressive ruins of Oughaval Church stand on a hill overlooking the flat surrounding lands of County Laois. It’s a quite unusually shaped church. It is so unlike many of the church ruins that we normally find scattered around the countryside. Looking rather taller in height. The […]

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Carlow Attractions
Must visit place in Carlow

Milford Mills

A lovely place just outside Carlow Town – Milford Mills is well worth a visit. Milford Mills is an 18th-century watermill which sits on the banks of the River Barrow at Milford, County Carlow. Originally built as a flour mill and malting house, it was later employed as a hydroelectric power station. The first mill […]

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Carlow Attractions
Carlow Culture

Top 10 Haunted Places in County Carlow

Almost every town and village in Ireland has its ghosts stories. There are places where you can feel the thrill of emotions and with a bit of luck and … belief in paranormal phenomena to meet ghosts. Irish enthusiasts and paranormal researchers Cormac Strain and Danny Carthy described the results of their many years of […]

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Around Carlow
County Tipperary

Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

One of the most spectacular and the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland is the Rock of Cashel. It is sometimes mistakenly called “Castle on the Rock” and meanwhile it is not a castle but a “cashel”. This word is an anglicized version of the Irish word “caiseal”, meaning a fortress. It was originally a […]

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Around Carlow
County Kildare

Kilkea Castle, Co. Kildare

Only twenty minutes drive from Carlow Town is located a stunning 12th Century Castle. Kilkea Castle is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland. It was a medieval stronghold of the Fitzgeralds, earls of Kildare. Kilkea Castle is located in the small village of Kilkea, in County Kildare, 5 km northwest of Castledermot, the […]

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Carlow Attractions

The Forge Restaurant

Less than 1 kilometer from the majestic Altamont Gardens was located The Forge Restaurant. Between the villages of Ballon and Bunclody on the N80 Dublin-Wexford road. It was an ideal stopover for tourists. I wrote “it was” because The Forge Restaurant closed its doors on 4th September 2018 as its owner Mary Jordan had retiring […]

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Carlow Attractions
Gardens
Must visit place in Carlow

Altamont Gardens

There are the places which have a special undefined magic, artistry, unique and wholly enchanting character and Altamont Gardens are one of them. Altamont Gardens are gardens considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in Ireland. They rank among the top 10 Irish gardens, although still little known, but they are […]

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Carlow Attractions
Castles

The Temple of the Goddess Isis

Huntington Castle in Clonegal village, is the seat of the international organization “The Fellowship of Isis” – FOI (Team of Isis), associating 21,000 members in many countries. The team of Isis was founded by Olivia Robertson – a descendant of the family and the owner of the castle. FOI’s task is to promote knowledge about […]

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Carlow Attractions
Castles
Must visit place in Carlow

Huntington Castle

Huntington Castle, also known as Clonegal Castle, from the name of Clonegal village in County Carlow, the ancient seat of the Esmonde family is today one of Ireland’s historical treasures. Voted one of Ireland’s top 20 Hidden Gems by The Guardian. It is situated on the road between Dublin and Wexford. The castle was built […]

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Carlow Attractions
Museums

The Weavers Cottage, Clonegal

The Weavers Cottage, located in the village of Clonegal is full of charm and character. The cottages were a 17th century construction by Alexander Durdin were built for local weavers. Originally there was a row of 6 cottages and comprised of a pair of semi-detached, two-bay, single storey dormer cottages with attic conversion. The cottage […]

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Carlow Attractions
Must visit place in Carlow
Towns and Village

Clonegal

Clonegal (irl. Cluain na nGall) is the one of must visit places in County Carlow. It is picturesque village in the south-eastern part of Carlow County, 22 km from Carlow town. The name Clonegal comes from the Irish Cluain na nGall meaning “Meadow of the Foreigner”. The village is located in the valley between the […]

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