Enjoy castles, abbeys, and eye-catching scenery in the very heart of Ireland.
Take a trip to one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites.
Birr Castle Demense contains Ireland’s largest gardens with a winter garden, formal garden, terrace garden and a river garden. While the actual castle is not open to the public you can visit the famous historic science center, which contains the Great Telescope – a pioneering achievement built in the 1840s and the largest telescope in the world for 70 years.
One of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites founded by St. Ciaran in the sixth century, Clonmacmoise is situated on the water meadows of the River Shannon.
One of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites founded by St Ciaran in the sixth century, Clonmacmoise is situated on the water meadows of the River Shannon.
Offaly is the ideal spot to learn how to ride, improve your existing skills, or enjoy a trek through spectacular countryside.
Head to Edenderry for some excellent coarse fishing in the Royal and Grand canals, which stock a good selection of pike, perch, bream, roach, tench and eels.
Offaly offers a delightful selection of excellent golf courses from the stunning landscape of Esker Hills to the magnificent 6,000 metres of golf course at Portarlington.
The Offaly Way links the Slieve Bloom Way with the Grand Canal Way and despite being only 29km long takes you through varied and beautiful landscape with mountains and rivers.
Escape the ordinary and enjoy Offaly’s family highlights with a stunning nature trail and magnificent railway trip.
Take a 9km rail trip through Blackwater Bog on a 3ft narrow gauge railway.
Kids will love getting close to a variety of farm animals and pets including geese, rabbits, donkey and goats. There's even a pair of ostriches and if they don't appeal, then children can enjoy a ride on one of the friendly donkeys!
Explore a landscape that was formed over 400 million years ago and is now a geographical reserve and an area of natural unspoiled beauty.
Culture & Festivals
Head to Tullamore for festival fun and delightful whiskey treats
Learn all about the famous Tullamore Dew whiskey with this interesting exhibition that recreates the working stations of the old distillery, as well as telling the story of Tullamore’s 9,000-year history.
Taking place from the 14th to the 16th July in Tullamore, this fast-growing festival includes hot-air balloons, skydiving, art exhibitions, street entertainment, a French market and canal barge trips.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
From the old-world luxury of a spectacular castle to the understated elegance of a traditional pub.
Kinnity enjoys a fascinating and turbulent history and even has its own friendly ghost known as The Monk. Now an internationally renowned luxury hotel, Kinnity boasts bedrooms styled in a traditional fashion, many with lavish four-poster beds.
Not only is this spot a fine old characterful pub with a traditional thatched roof, but it has excellent food, too, whether you fancy casual bar food or a more indulgent meal in the restaurant.