Offaly is an area of contrasting scenery and uniformly hospitable people.
The startling effect of complete change over a very short distance makes
the county one of the most interesting in Ireland. With quality accommodation,
attractions and activities, Co. Offaly should not be missed.
Clara Bog or Lough Roe Bog is a raised bog situated in Co. Offaly. It
is one of the largest relatively intact raised bogs remaining in Ireland.
As a result of surveys carried out by the Wildlife Service, Clara Bog
was designated as being of international importance. A variety of animals
have their home on the Bog. Whatever time of the year the bog is visited
some of these animals may be encountered. If not, other signs such as
empty larval cases of Dragonflies, the pupal cases of the Emporor Moth,
fecal remains or feathers testify to the hidden presence of the diverse
Another of Irelands designated heritage towns, Tullamore is a thriving
town noted for its shopping facilities. The town has many interesting
architectural features and a wide range of top class visitor activities.
The development of the canal and railway systems together with the whiskey
industry were very influential in the growth of the town.
An Dun Transport and Heritage Museum, Doon, Ballinahown
This museum features a display of road transport dating from 1922 to
the classics of the 60's, beautifully restored and displayed by their
owners - farm machinery, household utensils, commercial and motoring
auto-mobilia, model rail display and video.
Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway, Shannonbridge
This 45 minute train journey gives a guided 5 ½ mile circular
tour out across a working environment, a cutaway area of preserved peatlands
outlining 12,000 years of history, heritage and archaeology.
Charleville Castle, Tullamore
Dating from 1798, this is one of the finest examples of the great Gothic
house in Ireland. The whole structure stands in its original form, having
never been altered externally.
Tullamore Dew, Tullamore
Exploring Tullamore's distilling, canal and urban history. Courtesy
tasting of Tullamore Dew after the visit.
The Shannon Water Meadows
Visit the water meadows near the monastic site of Clonmacnoise where
the corncrake can still be heard.
An early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran, in the 6th century
on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a
cathedral, eight churches, two round towers, three high crosses and
a large collection of early Christian grave slabs.
Top class coarse and game fishing can be found in this area.
Cruising on the River Shannon and Grand Canal is one of the most relaxing
ways in which to spend a holiday.
The beautiful terrain of this county makes it a very suitable horse
Why not listen to the corncrake on the water meadows of the Shannon
near the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise, or visit Clara and Mongans
There are a number of fine 18 hole parkland courses located in this
area providing a challenge to golfers of all standards.
Birr is the main town of South Offaly and is a beautiful heritage town.
It is home to Birr Castle Demesne, famous for its magnificent gardens
and home to the Great Telescope, now refurbished to its former glory.
It is also renowned as a centre of astronomy.
To the west, the Slieve Blooms rise suddenly from the surrounding plain
- this beautiful mountain range and environment park with its blanket
bogs and lush forests offers the ideal environment for a range of activities
from walking to orienteering.
On the Shannon River, Banagher, Shannonbridge and Shannon Harbour, have
become noted centres for the boating community.
Further north is Clonmacnoise - an internationally renowned monastic
site.Attractions include Birr Castle Demesne; Clonmacnoise monastic
site and the Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway.Activity options include
River Shannon cruising (including day cruises), canoeing, angling, golf,
horse riding, walking, cycling, wildlife and bird watching.
Lying just south of the heart of Ireland, Ely O'Carroll Country embracing
parts of Offaly, Tipperary & Laois offers the visitor an amazing
array of breathtaking inland scenery. Vast tracks of bogland, rolling
hills, meandering waterways and the wonderful tapestry of Irish farmland
and forestry form the mosaic that is 'Ely O'Carroll'.