Sightseeing & Touring
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Sightseeing- In Easy Reach
Birr Town and Castle
This attractive village of Lorrha is on the site of a monastic settlement with remains of three ancient abbeys from c. 1,000AD and two even older high crosses. See also nearby village and harbour at Terryglass.
Leap Castle, Clareen, Birr
Leap Castle,built in 1240 it acted as a look-out for the mighty O'Carroll clan. The scene of much murder and execution, it is now regarded as "the most hauted castle in Ireland".
Sightseeing - A little further afield
On the River Shannon and at the exact centre of Ireland, this 6th century ecclesiastical site has three high crosses, a cathedral, nine churches and two round towers.
Shannonbridge and Bog Railway
Take the 9km ride and along the way see a working bog with evidence of historic turf harvesting methods, appreciate the wetlands, flora and fauna, wildfowl and an array of archeological treasures.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher
Emo Court is a magnigicent classical house with splendid gardens and demesne, and should be included as part of a spectacular drive through the Slieve Bloom mountains.
Rock of Cashel
Possibly Ireland's most important and spectacular ecclesiastical site towering over the adjoining town of Cashel.
Attractive city and gateway to Connemara it has history, narrow streets, interesting shopping, pubs and waterfront - 2009 hosts to the Volvo Round the World Ocean Race.
King John's Castle and the Hunt Museum (with works by Da Vinci, Renoir, Yeats and Picasso) are highlights of the city at the mouth of the River Shannon. Bunratty Castle and Folkpark are only a short drive from here.
Damer House, Roscrea
Rock of Cashel