Attractions in Carlow

Black Stairs Ecotrails

Unhurried. Enjoying scenes at a natural pace. That’s how a two hour amble through the lovely lanes, lowlands, bogs and streams of the Blackstairs Mountains and the River Barrow unfolds., Depending on the weather, we will wander in the foothills of the Blackstairs – low hills or no hills – or along the River Barrow in the Townslands of Rathanna, Tomduff, Liselican or Raheen and down the Barrow to Clashganny and Ballytighlea. Wewill learn about the landscape and local archaeology from expert guides – Carlow has some fine dolmens, standing stones and cairns – and, pausing here and there,look at lichens and mosses, grasses and ferns, birds and mammals

The House of Waterford Crystal is only one hour and 10 mins drive from Black Stairs Ecotrails in Carlow.

Huntington Castle & Gardens

Peel back the layers of history at the Big Houses of Ireland’s Ancient East and there are always surprises. Huntington Castle,built in 1625 as a garrison on the strategically important Wexford to Dublin route, has long since been a family home – with a quite remarkable family at that, not least the women, who have included the free-spirited granddaughter of a Pirate Queen and the founder of a religion whose Temple in the castle dungeons celebrates the “Divine Feminine”. Share these and other colourful tales, brought to life on tours here.

The House of Waterford Crystal is approximately one hour and 20 mins drive from Huntington Castle & Gardens.

Lisnavagh House & Gardens

Sometimes the best way to make connections, with the landscape, with life, with yourself, is to take time out. Lisnavagh House and Gardens, Rathvilly is an exquisite private country house offering retreats including yoga and mindfulness as well as a wide range of events. Stay in style, absorb the history of Lisnavagh’s family – descended from a Norman knight – and relax amid panoramic views of the Wicklow Hills, Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster beyond the estate’s 600 acres of woods and farmland.

The House of Waterford Crystal is approximately one hour and 20 mins drive from Lisnavagh House & Gardens.

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

Come on a journey from cocoa bean to chocolate at this artisan maker. You can indulge in a workshop experience (must be pre-booked) or a walk-in chocolate making session (available without booking), and of course there is scrumptious chocolate to taste and buy. A tempting interlude in the “Garden of Ireland” on the Wicklow-Carlow border.

The House of Waterford Crystal is one hour and 10 mins drive from the Chocolate Garden of Ireland.

Borris House

Imagine being able to trace your lineage to the High Kings of Leinster and beyond: that is just one of the fascinating family tales that come to light when you visit Borris House, the ancestral home of the McMorrough Kavanaghs. Originally an important castle guarding the River Barrow, the House was rebuilt in 1731 and later altered by the Morrisons architectural dynasty who clothed the 17th century edifice in a thin Tudor Gothic disguise. Outside features include a Lace Garden and restored Victorian Laundry, in more than six hundred and fifty acres of walled private park and woodlands.

The House of Waterford Crystal is only one hour drive from Borris House.

Carlow Brewing Company O’Hara

The growing of quality ingredients and brewing are deep-rooted in Ireland’s Ancient East and Carlow Brewing Company – also known as O’Hara’s Brewery – is at the forefront of a new wave of Irish craft brewing that is refreshing that local heritage. Experience their passion for the craft when you walk through the brewing process with the brewers, hearing about Ireland’s craft brewing historyand how O’Hara’s award winning beers are made. You will of course have the opportunity to taste the special malts and smell the hops, finishing off with a visit to O’Hara’s tasting room to sample and compare some award winning craft brews.

The House of Waterford Crystal is one hour drive from Carlow Brewing Company.