10am Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
Founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. You don’t have to be a history buff however to enjoy this outing. Nestling as it has done for centuries past on the banks of the majestic Shannon, the peace and tranquillity charms all who visit! Tickets must be booked in advance, here on their website.
1pm Birr Castle Demesne
The Award-Winning Gardens of Birr Castle Demesne in Ireland are both rich in amazing feats of science and engineering as well as rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife and walks along peaceful rivers and the lake. Celebrating 400 years this year, this remarkable family have resided at the romantic and inspirational setting of Birr Castle Demesne that is now home to the 7th Earl of Rosse. The Parsons family invite you to explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations it is an environmental and a scientific time capsule.
An Evening at The Oak Room
After an action-packed day, a warm welcome awaits you back at the Tullamore Court, in The Oak Room Restaurant. Sample the local produce of Offaly accompanied, of course, by a tipple of Tullamore Dew!
10 am A Morning on the Greenway
Collect your bike at Buckley Cycles and explore The Grand Canal Greenway. This route is an historic trail which traverses Leinster from Ringsend in Dublin City to the River Shannon at Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. The route is punctuated by canal locks, lock houses and industrial architecture from bygone days. The Greenway follows the pleasant canal towpath, which was formally used by powerful draft horses pulling barges laden with goods and passengers. The Offaly Grand Canal Greenway stretches from Edenderry in the east to Shannon Harbour in the west of the county.
2pm Explore the Slieve Bloom Mountains
The gentle rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between the counties of Laois and of Offaly. The area is picturesque, peaceful, gloriously multi-coloured and one of the least explored in Ireland. Dotted around the mountains are quaint little villages, and to visit one is like stepping back in time to an era when life moved at a slower pace. These are the places where people will take the time to talk to you, will listen to your stories and enjoy telling you theirs.