Carlow - The Dolmen County

Date: February 2021
Carlow - The Dolmen County

Explore the leafy Carlow countryside, where towering mountain ranges and meandering rivers provide a postcard-perfect backdrop.

Discover ancient monuments and burial chambers dating back to the Iron Age. Find Brownshill Dolmen 3km from Carlow town with the megalithic tomb described as one of Ireland’s finest historic sites.

Embrace nature in this scenic county’s gorgeous gardens, strolling by the vibrant flowers and ornamental lakes.

Visitor Attractions:

Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegall, Co. Carlow. T: (053) 9377160

Jump back in time to 1625 with a trip to Huntington Castle and Gardens. Venture into the historic garrison and be captivated by its Lime Tree Avenue and Yew Tree Walk. Tour the castle’s impressive art galleries,?see the notable architecture in all its glory, and take a trip to the basement for a rather curious visit to the Egyptian Temple of Isis, created as a place to worship the goddess Isis. Outside, explore the serene grounds, ornamental ponds and one of the earliest water turbine houses in Ireland.

Duckett’s Grove, Kneestown, Co. Carlow. T: (059) 9131554

Explore the vast gardens and ruins of Duckett’s Grove, the former 19th-century great house on a 12,000-acre estate. Take a free guided tour and learn all about the rich history of the family, the gothic mansion, its expansion, and the hardworking people who worked there.

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow. T: (059) 9159444

The Altamont Gardens are often regarded as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown. The heavenly 16-hectare gardens of Altamont combine formal and informal gardens with a variety of flora. Visitors will have a wonderful experience at any time of the year, as different plants flourish throughout the spring, summer and autumn, and the trees show off their striking silhouettes during the winter.

The Chocolate Graden of Ireland, Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow. T: (059) 6481999

Heaven for chocolate lovers and ice-cream fiends, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a wonderland, serving up hot chocolate, snacks and mouthwatering ice cream. Not just for kids, everyone can get hands-on with a pre-booked workshop to create your own chocolate masterpieces. Of course, regular tastings are as necessary as they are nice – you certainly won’t go away hungry.

Royal Oak Distillery, Royal Oak, Co. Carlow. T: (059) 9186653

For whiskey-lovers, the Royal Oak Distillery is a real Carlow hidden gem. The craft distillery produces three styles of Irish whiskey and is the only one in Ireland where all three forms (pot still, malt and grain) are distilled in the same room. This fascinating distillery is manually controlled and guided under the expertise of 12 local distillers.

Hotel Offers

Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. T: (059) 9774000

Two Night Getaway at the Lord Bagenal Inn

Enjoy a two night break in the heritage village of Leighlinbridge, county Carlow. Let us be your base as you explore what the South East and Barrow Way have to offer. This fantastic package includes €30 credit per person per night towards our extensive A La Carte menu, full Breakfast, tea/coffee and scones on the afternoon of your choice, complimentary upgrade to a superior room.
From €310 per midweek stay.

Talbot Hotel Carlow, Portlaoise Road, Carlow. T: (059) 9153000

Double Delights from €198 Total Stay.

Enjoy Two Night's Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in one of our spacious rooms.

- 4 course evening meal on 2 nights of your stay.
- Delicious Full Irish breakfast each morning of your stay
- Full access to our Talbot Fitness Leisure Centre and 20 metre swimming pool
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Free cancellation 24 hours prior to arrival
- Free Car Parking
- 5 Minutes’ drive from Carlow Train Station and Bus Station
- Close proximity to local walking trails, gardens, shopping centres and heritage sites

Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. Tullow, Co. Carlow. T: (059) 9180100

Beautifully situated in the tranquil countryside of County Carlow, just one hour from Dublin City.

2 nights B&B FROM ONLY €154.00 per person sharing
• 2 nights B&B in a Deluxe Room
• Dinner on both Evenings in Fredericks
• €10.00 per person Golf Discount
• €5.00 per person Afternoon Tea Discount
• 10% Discount Card for Rathwood Garden & Lifestyle Centre
• Enjoy blissful gardens and woodland walking trail.

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