Local Activities (Within a 30 Minute Drive)
Altamont is one of our favourite places for a walk, stunning peaceful gardens, with woods, a lake and the Slaney river. Guests sometimes say that they find these gardens more impressive and beautiful than others they have travelled a long way to visit. Dogs not allowed. There are no tea-rooms at Altamont as the moment, but close by and signposted is The Forge restaurant, which is very pleasant.
Coollattin Golf Course is part of the old Fitzwilliam estate, and boasts oak ancient trees throughout the course. It’s an 18-hole course, and visitors are welcome.
Huntington Castle Gardens
Huntington Castle, Clonegal, County Carlow. This is a fascinating little castle, full of quirks and eccentricities, with tea-rooms and a childrens’ play area.
The Wicklow Way – The cottages are built very near a piece of this famous trail, which follows a North-South direction over 132km of the lovely Wicklow Mountains.
Tomnafinnoge Wood – We walk here a lot too – the website is well worth a look. In fact there is a lot of walking around Tinahely.
The Dying Cow
Officially named Tallon’s Pub, this legendary pub is located in The Wicklow hills, a place called Stratnakelly approximately 3 miles from Shillelagh and 3 miles from Tinahely. With its stunning views, it is also a favourite watering hole for walkers as it is situated on the Wicklow Way.
It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for a major session or just a few quiet ones. Irish music night is every second Thursday.
Greenan Farm Museum and Maze
The hedge maze is a great way to spend an afternoon with young children, and we recommend bringing a picnic. Feedback from guests is excellent.
Tinahely Farm Shop
In the country town of Tinahely this is a wonderful combination of a pet farm, tea-rooms with good cheeses, home-baked produce, and vegetables for sale, many home-grown. They also sell a small amount of local crafts. We find it a relaxing pleasant place to visit.
The Munny Trail
Just a few minutes from here, the Munny Trail is a 12Km horseride through breathtaking scenery, with optional jumps, run from Easter to September. We can stable 2 horses here in Aghowle for riders who wish to stay and bring their own horses.
The Chocolate Garden
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland: it’s right beside Rathwood, great for cuppas and chocolate, and they have fun chocolate-making courses for children. It’s essential to book in advance for these.
The Ring of the Rath is a well-known and active archaeological site close to home, and not much further away in Carlow county, are 3 major Dolmen sites.
As its name may suggest, Rathwood is a five-minute drive from Ring of the Rath and is an interesting mix of shopping, gardening and eating. One of our favourite places for meeting people for coffee. They have a little train that kids love, which goes through the woods and walking areas.
Further Afield (Within an Hour’s Drive)
Glendalough, in the Wicklow Mountains National Park,is one of the “must-sees”. Everyone wants to go there, and everyone loves it. About 45 minutes from Aghowle.
Stunning area, guests love it. But some have said they prefer Altamont, ten minutes away…
Clara Lara Fun Park
This gets very good feedback from families with children. It’s an adventure ground in the Wicklow Mountains.
Kilkenny Castle and City
A beautiful medieval city. Well worth a visit.
A pleasant port town with plenty of places to eat and some interesting architecture. Be sure to visit Greenacres – gourmet food shop, restaurant and renowned wines. Also has a gallery.
The Dubrody Emigrant Ship and Ros Tapestry – New Ross
Dunbrody Famine Ship is well worth a visit. At the moment there are construction works going on around it, so it can’t be seen fully from the road, but the tours are operating as normal. The little interpretative center is beautifully crafted. The Ros tapestry is across the road.
JFK Arboretum and Homestead
The Arboretum is a huge parkland dedicated to the memory of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It a great place to let the children roam, or take a walk. There are pony and trap rides in the summer.
The Kennedy Homestead is the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy. The 2 places are about 7Kms apart.