Welcome to Carlow

Immerse yourself in the story of Ireland’s Ancient East in County Carlow. Get off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in this county. Take your time to discover it all – Stone Age artefacts, monasteries, medieval castles and large country houses and estates.

Drive leafy roads, explore the meandering River Barrow and Slaney, or the Blackstairs Mountains and Killeshin Hills, that once protected the original inhabitants and nowadays provide unrivalled vistas of Carlow’s lush, green landscape. Take in a festival, try local fresh produce or taste local specialities, many of which trace their roots to ancient times.

Fuair an tionscnamh seo fóir-dheontas ó Coiste um Fhorbairt Pobail Aituil Cheatharlach, Clár Forbartha Tuaithe atá maoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann faoi Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe Éireann 2014-2020 agus ag Ciste Talamhaíochta na hEorpa d’Fhorbairt Tuaithe: infheistiú na hEorpa i Limistéir Tuaithe.

This project received grant aid from Carlow Local Community Development Committee under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2014-2020 which is financed by the Irish Government and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.

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Events

There is more to Carlow than simply its rich Celtic past. It is this dynamic combination of past and present that characterises Carlow’s streetscapes.

National Ploughing Championships
17th – 19th September

The National Ploughing Championships is one of Europe’s largest outdoor agricultural events incorporating a ploughing contest.

Get to know Carlow this summer with Kathryn Thomas, Carlow native

Have a listen to the radio adverts appearing on RTÉ Radio 1 & RTÉ Lyric FM – explore our great range of natural attractions including the River Barrow, River Slaney and the Blackstairs Mountains, our abundant outdoor activities, good food, great shopping and accommodation…

Carlow Big Houses Festival
October 2019

The Carlow Big Houses Festival is your chance to peek behind the doors of some of Ireland’s most lavish manor houses. Part of this autumn’s nationwide Taste the Island campaign, the festival allows visitors enjoy authentic food and drink, made using high quality local ingredients.

Walking Festival
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October

If you’re a serious rambler or just like to stretch your legs and enjoy the view, then the Carlow Autumn Walking Festival is for you! It is a great opportunity for the beginner, experienced or advanced walker to enjoy the challenges of Carlow’s mountain treks or peace of its woodland walks.

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Discover Carlow

This is County Carlow, the hidden Ireland, a green Ireland of country roads and winding lanes, of towpaths and waterways, of mountain trails and forest tracks which lead the visitor through a hinterland of neat friendly villages and well-ordered small towns to ancient monastic sites and archaeological wonders from another age.

Carlow Tours App

This app with many tours of Carlow town and county was developed jointly by Carlow County Council and Carlow Tourism.