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Day Trips

Day 1

Explore Ireland’s Ancient East from Ardmore House

Kinnitty Pyramid

Ardmore Country House is surely  unique in that it is the only B&B in the world with a view of a pyramid from it’s front windows. Gaze through the front windows on to the wonderful view of the Kinnitty Pyramid which is located at the rear of St Finian’s church. The only one of it’s kind in Ireland it was built by Colonel Richard Wellesley Bernard of Kinnitty Castle as a burial chamber for his family.  Work on the mauseleum started in 1830 and was completed in 1834. The stonework is really amazing and worth taking a closer look. It serves as the final resting place of 6 members of the Bernard family. The last one interred in 1907.

 

Kinnitty High Cross

In the grounds of Kinnitty Castle across from the front door stands a fine 9th century High Cross.The cross is engraved with biblical scenes as well as  a referance to Maelsechnail  who ruled the ancient Kindgdom of Meath from 846-862.

 

Before you leave Kinnitty Castle take a walk around the back over the bridge and down the back avenue. Here you will find 2 very interesting iron bridges.One is a Single-spire wire suspension footbridge built c.1840, over the River Camcor. The bridge is hung from cast-iron columns. The uprights are anchored to the ground behind with a pair of diagonal wrought-iron rods with circular framing. The deck is timber. Manufacturer’s name ‘T & D Roberts’ on downstream upright. They are of special technical interest due to the fact that their catenaries comprise lengths of parallel iron wires rather than the forged chain link or twisted steel cables. It is also significant because of its association with the Mountmellick Foundry.

 

It is one of only two suspension bridges in Offaly (the other is at Birr Castle demesne) It is a rare surviving example of a multiple-wire cable suspension bridge. It is no coincidence that both are in estate contexts and were restricted to private pedestrian use. This bridge together with the castle, outbuildings and gate lodges form an interesting group of related structures.

 

Birr Georgian Town

 Just 15 minutes drive from Kinnitty take the R440 to the Heritage town of Birr. Take the walking tour of Birr {route leaflet available at Ardmore Country House} Visit Birr Castle Gardens with it’s Giant Telescope.

 

Day 2

Explore More of Ireland’s Ancient East from mesolitic sites to the good old dew Tullamore Dew.

Ready for another day exploring the treasure of Ireland’s hidden heartlands.

First stop Lough Boora Discovery Park is a 20 minute drive.(16k) Lots of great off road walking and cycling paths, bike hire  an outdoor sculpture trail.

 

Clonmacnoise Heritage site

Ancient monastic site dates back to 550 on the banks of the river Shannon with many High Crosses and Round towers. The last high King of Ireland is buried there. (39k from Ardmore Country House 30k from Lough Boora Parklands.)

 

After a refreshing coffee break continue on to Athlone( 22k from Clonmacnoise 47k from Ardmore House) on the banks of the River Shannon. A visit to Athlone Castle will give you an interesting insight to the history of the town.

 

After a wander around the town if you still have time come back to Kinnitty via Tullamore Dew. (46k ) A visit to the distillery will take another 2 hours. 27 km from Kinnitty.

 

More places to see

 

Leap Castle, Rock Of Cashel and Kilkenny

Kinnitty to Leap Castle Ireland’s most haunted {Call Sean Ryan beforehand to book +353 579131115}

Damer House Roscrea

Kilkenny City

Rock of Cashel

 

Tour Laois and Kildare

 

Kinnitty to Mountmellick Museum of Mountmellick Lace

Emo House and Gardens

Kildare-Kildare Village Outlet Centre, National Stud, Japanese Gardens

Newbridge Silver and Style Icon Museum

 

Customer Reviews

We are delighted to be ranked in the top 10 of hotels worldwide on Trip Advisor and receive the Traveller’s Choice Award 2020

  • star rating  First of all, Chris our hostess was awesome!
    She steered us in the right direction for sights we would be interested in and not too far away. The breakfasts are... read more

    Ms_Jamie_Sz
    10/03/2019

    star rating  I stayed here overnight for an adventure race in the village. I had a warm Irish welcome on arrival with a cup of tea and a wee cake. ... read more

    Liam F
    8/20/2019

    star rating  This was our fourth and final B & B and by far the best! Chris is the definition of a hostess. She welcomes you into her home and offers you... read more

    1018heathero
    10/25/2019
  • star rating  We were so pleased that we selected Ardmore Country House for our three-night stay. Chris was super helpful during our stay and we found her very friendly, easy-going and a... read more

    Irelandin2019
    11/01/2019

    star rating  Arrived here completely wet, but it was nice and well-organised. Nice breakfast, also very pleasant and decent lady. The building itself is quite well-maintained, with a beautiful virginia creeper all... read more

    CorkFergal
    8/03/2020

    star rating  Just returned to the UK after 4 great nights at Ardmore Court House. The house is beautifully decorated with great rooms and an amazing garden. Chris is a fabulous host... read more

    RODBurystEdmunds
    8/11/2019
  • star rating  This was our fourth and final B & B and by far the best! Chris is the definition of a hostess. She welcomes you into her home and offers you... read more

    1018heathero
    10/26/2019

    star rating  Our trip in Kinnitty was very fantastic. Chris welcomed us during two weeks. The room was really clean and beautiful. It’s a great opportunity to try mountain bike available in... read more

    valentinmetz
    8/05/2019

    star rating  From the start Chris was very welcoming and helpful. She made us tea and rang a local restaurant for us as it was near closing time. There was a sitting... read more

    michellearty
    6/12/2021
  • star rating  This place is magic! Chris is amazing, knowledgeable and fun. We were only here for one night and wish we had stayed for more. It was clean,... read more

    kelleyschuler
    10/23/2019

    star rating  Myself and 2 friends stayed 6 days in this lovely home. We were impressed the moment we arrived. Our room was roomy, even with 3 beds, lovely antiques, beds and... read more

    retiredfa68
    9/29/2019

    star rating  We stayed here for two nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Chris was a fantastic host, offering us tea and homemade scones on arrival. She went above... read more

    Emer M
    6/07/2021
  • star rating  We stayed but one night and wished we had had longer. Christina is the ultimate as a warm and welcoming hostess. From welcoming us upon our arrival with tea and... read more

    Dan E
    10/27/2019

    star rating  We stayed with Chris at this beautiful guest house . From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly greeted by the hostess who was more than welcoming.
    Chris is... read more

    siobhans919
    6/02/2021

    star rating  This place is magic! Chris is amazing, knowledgeable and fun. We were only here for one night and wish we had stayed for more. It was clean,... read more

    kelleyschuler
    10/23/2019