Carlow is a county located in the South-East part of Ireland. It gets its name from its main town, Carlow. The county features mountains, countryside, and rivers throughout the landscape. Life in Carlow is very rural, but larger towns and modern amenities are available too. With a rich, diverse history and a lot of tradition, Carlow County is famous for all the right reasons.
Staying in Carlow County is easy enough owing to the many options for accommodation in the county. You can choose to stay at a hostel or bed and breakfast if your stay is short. Besides standard hostels, there are also specialty hostels available for group travel along with stays at country inns and farmhouses. These allow you to experience life in Carlow as it is for the local populace. You could also choose stay at a hotel or a historic house.
While staying at your accommodation, you can go out to experience the nightlife in the county. There are nightclubs, pubs, and cafés open throughout the day. If it is good food you desire, the restaurants and inns around Carlow County are famous for their local and international cuisine.
There are many things to do in Carlow County. You can visit the Bunclody Horticultural Society, a 60-year-old society that is still active today. Morgan’s Garden Center is also a great place to check out local flora. For more local food and crafts, the An Siopa Glas in St. Mullins is packed with locals selling their wares. Other local souvenirs can be found at gift shops like The Little Irish Shop in Carlow Town.
If you’re a bolder traveller with a taste for something strong, the Walsh Whiskey Distillery can be found near the River Barrow. You can visit and watch the distillation process. Aged whiskey isn’t the only old thing you can see in the region, either. Visit Shankill Castle for a touch of history – it is Carlow County’s “living museum”, rebuilt in the year 1708. Other historic houses include Borris House, built in the 16th century.
To experience all that Carlow County can offer, you should take a tour with one of the many tour companies operating in the region. Alternatively, you can cycle along the 35km cycle route built and maintained by the Carlow to Kilkenny National Cycle Network. Other activities include canoeing, angling, fishing, riding, walking, and many more.
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