County Carlow has much to offer once you’ve finished business for the day or weekend. With mountains, glorious countryside and river valleys all close at hand, County Carlow is worth discovering and exploring. Against a beautiful landscape visitors to Carlow in Ireland’s sunny south-east will uncover a great experience with exhilarating outdoor adventure, traditional rural life, and a rich cultural heritage. County Carlow offers something for everyone, whether it’s golfing, fishing, water adventures, garden trails or culture.
Golf Club is consistently ranked in the top 30 of Golf Digest Magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland” and have achieved 29th place in the 2014 rankings. Ryder Cup star Christy O’Connor Junior once described Carlow’s 16th as the finest 16th hole in the country and, describing our course as one “not to be missed”,
Since opening in May 2000, Killerig golf club has quickly earned the reputation for having some of the finest greens in Ireland. Surrounded by a spectacular scenic hinterland landscape and framed to the West by the Killeshin hills, Killerig golf club has developed into a superb 72 par championship golf course at Killerig cross Carlow.
Established in 1907, Borris Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland and this is reflected by its mature parkland course. The breath-taking scenery of the surrounding countryside combined with the strategic design of the course, ensure that all who visit, always return!
Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club is situated in 300 acres of breathtaking parklands in the former Hall-Dare Estate on the Carlow Wexford border. Newly opened in March 2009 it is already ranked 28 in Golf Digest Ireland’s 2013 list of top 30 parkland courses and was recently voted ‘The Best Hidden Gem in Ireland’ by the Golfer’s Guide to Ireland.
Like a fine wine, this lush championship and parkland course has matured beautifully with age, with rich surrounds, mature trees and playing surfaces unrivalled for their consistency and quality.
Adventure/ Nature Trails
Lawns and clipped yews slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees, shrubs and a profusion of roses both old and modern with herbaceous plants scent the air. There is a steep descent through the “Ice Age Glen” to a beautiful river walk.
These gardens were mainly laid out in the 17th century by the Esmondes who built Huntington Castle in 1625. This includes the French limes on the Avenue, the parterre – or ornamental lawns – to the side of the house, fish ponds on either side of the centre walk through the wilderness and the majority of Yew trees which comprise the Yew Walk.
The park is a mature, mixed-species woodland of about 50 hectares, with a predominance of beech, oak, Scots pine, silver fir, larch and sycamore. The proximity of the walkways to the extensive collection of ferns, mosses and woodland flora provides the visitor with an ideal opportunity to interact with nature. Boasting a rich diversity of wildlife, the lakes and their surrounds provide a habitat for swans and ducks, while the islands shelter many wild and game birds.
Want to discover the secret life of the Blackstairs Mountains in County Carlow, Ireland? Want to know more about birds, flora, fungi, mammals and butterflies of the Blackstairs mountains and the River Barrow? We’ll lead you on an unhurried, relaxing eco walk – low hills to no hills!
Pure Adventure is based in The Heart of the South East or Ireland with a base in Kilkenny and in Waterford. Priding themselves on the service they provide with top of the range equipment, highly qualified Guides and stunning locations. All activities are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Special Ops Paintball is the perfect place for an action-packed day out for any group and occasion. Paintball games are the perfect safe, fun activity for any group. They tailor their packages to your group’s needs, so you’ll always get the best value day out at Special Ops Paintball.
Since 2012 Waterside has been operating a bicycle rental service that is swiftly becoming one of the most popular activity outings for the southeast of Ireland. The reason is pretty simple, the Barrow river towpath makes an excellent cycling greenway that gives visitors miles of safe, traffic free adventure in beautiful countryside.
Wildways Adventures runs nature based trails and workshops suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. They also work with other businesses to develop specialised trails and activities for parks, heritage centres and museums.
Arts & Restaurants
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts facility presenting the best of local, national, and international work in the visual and performing arts.