Ireland has often been described as a land of saints and scholars and the early Christian site at Clonmacnoise is perhaps the finest example of this heritage on the island. Founded by St Ciarán in the sixth century, this enchanting site includes the ruins of a cathedral, an amazing seven churches dating from the 10th to the 13th century, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The site is so peaceful, it’s easy to lose yourself in the beautiful surroundings. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the Visitor Centre and a 20-minute audiovisual presentation outlines the history of the site.
Birr Castle & Gardens
A Demesne of Discovery, which offers something for everyone to enjoy and is especially interesting and educational for families. Starting with Ireland’s Historic Science Centre in the old stable block, with its café and shop you can then explore 50 hectares of park land, visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces and discover Birr’s world famous engineering and astronomical wonder - the Great Telescope which is arguably the largest historic scientific instrument still working today.
Shannonbridge is a village located on the River Shannon. It is rich in heritage and the village is flanked by an important nature conservation area – the Shannon Callows. The physical environment consists of the River Shannon, callows & boglands. The village has one of the oldest bridges still in use over the River Shannon, completed in 1757. Shannonbridge is a picturesque Irish village with a buzzing hive of chat and good humour with the various pubs offering music, mirth and much-loved stout.
Moneygall has a welcome for everybody to come follow the footsteps of US President Barack Obama & the First Lady Michelle Obama who visited our Offaly village on May 23rd 2011. Visit the President’s ancestral home where the Kearney Family left from in 1850 and view the old school house where the shoemaker’s family were educated or maybe enjoy a trip around other ancestral sites along our cycle route taking in Templeharry Church where the Kearney family worshiped and were baptised. With various sites to see and free activities, along with our various shops, bars and café we are the perfect destination to call and relax on that long journey around our beautiful country.
Lough Boora Parklands
There’s a beautiful new landscape hidden at the centre of Ireland - a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, which until now has been an unshared secret. Through a creative combination of nature and the human hand new habitats are emerging on the cutaway bogs of Co. Offaly Lands. The expansive unencumbered landscape of the Lough Boora Parklands is the pilot project for what will be 80,000 hectares of cutaway boglands spanning 11 counties and three provinces in the midlands of Ireland. 2,000 hectares of unique mosaic style habitats are embellished by a wide range of outdoor activities sensitively developed to enhance your enjoyment of the area.