Limekiln Self Catering : Local Attractions for Offaly

Banagher is perched on the banks of the Shannon and has an excellent marina where boats can be hired for an exhilarating day out on the River Shannon. It is a perfect base for your boating or fishing holiday in Ireland. The town itself has lots of pubs with “craic agus ceol”

Birr Castle

This is the home of Lord and Lady Rosse and their family. The grounds, which are open to the public all year, were laid out in 1830’s and 40’s by the second earl and contain rare plants from all over the world as well as an artificial lake, formal gardens and one of the earliest examples of a suspension bridge.

Birr Equestrian Centre

Birr Equestrian Centre is located about 3km from Birr town. You can go trail riding and trecking across the farm, boglands and forest trails and see the wonderful sights of the Slieve Bloom mountains. Programmes can be specially tailored to your needs.

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise, early Celtic Irelands foremost monastery. The monastic complex is not just a monastery but a royal city, a burial place for the kings of Connacht and Tara, including the last king, Rory O’Connor.

Charleville Castle

Located at Tullamore, Charleville is Irelands finest gothic revival castle. It is considered to be a masterpiece of Francis Johnstons, who designed the GPO in Dublin. The castle was built between 1798 and 1810. The massive dining room was designed by Sir William Morris.

Donaghmore Museum

Donaghmore is a workhouse museum that presents an eerie window on past workhouse conditions. Originally built as a workhouse, the museum has been restored by Avonmore. During the Great Famine it housed 1200 people who took refuge there. It is estimated that ten per cent of the local population were left destitute.

Dunmore Caves

One of the finest natural limestone caves in the country, Dunmore Cave has a large number of chambers with magnificent dripstone formations. Most spectacular is the ‘Market Cross’ stalagmite, which is over 20 feet high. The cave is reputed to have been the site of a massacre in Viking times, and numerous bones have been found there.

Lough Derg

Lough Derg (Loch Deirgeirt in Irish) is the second largest lake (or lough) in the Republic of Ireland (after Lough Corrib) and the third largest in Ireland overall (after Lough Neagh). It borders parts of counties Galway, Clare, and Tipperary. The lake is the last of three on the River Shannon, with the other two, Lough Ree and Lough Allen being further north. Some towns or villages on Lough Derg include Garrykennedy, Portumna, Killaloe & Ballina, Dromineer and Terryglass.

Lough Boora Parklands

It is located on both sides of the cycle paths that links Kilcormac (N52) road to Borra Village (R357). It has 3 different areas of wetlands. 2 angling lakes and many kilometers of walkways. Car parks, picnic areas and bird watching facilities are also available.

Slieve Bloom Mountains

Limekiln Self Catering cottages are ideally situated for touring one of Ireland’s most scenic locations. Enjoy walking, hiking, cycling or just having a relaxing picnic on the rolling hills!

Clonfert Cathedral

The small village of Clonfert, only a short distance west of the River Shannon in County Galway, is home to a beautiful cathedral that boasts an elaborate, Romanesque-style doorway dating from 1200. The ecclesiastical history of the place dates back to the 6th century, when St Brendan the Navigator founded a monastery here. When he died, about 584, St Brendan’s body was buried at Clonfert and the presence of his remains explains why such an ornate doorway was later created.

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