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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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.
Since time began Carlow has carried her mysteries along her rivers. Waterways winding gently through the rolling valleys of this county have carried people from 6,000 years ago until now, and their legacy can be seen in its mystical ancient pagan sites, its early Christian settlements, its magnificent Georgian country homes and gardens, and its picturesque riverside towns and villages.