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Visit Kinnitty Offaly Ireland

Visit the picturesque village of Kinnitty  which is located at the crossroads of Ireland midway between Dublin in the east Galway on the west coast, Belfast in the north and Cork in the south. It’s central location makes it the ideal base to explore Ireland. In less than 2 hours from Kinnitty you can be in the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Rock of Cashel, Cork, Sligo or Kilkenny.

Kinnitty Birr Offaly

History of Kinnitty Village

 

Variously spelled in ancient documents as Cinneity, Kennettys, Killenitty and in Gaelic Cinneitigh, it is thought to have derived its name from the head of St Ita.

Some time after the plantation of Offaly in 1619  the Winter family came into possession of Kinnitty and the surrounding area.  Later on the Bernard family became the local landlord.

The present castle, Kinnitty Castle was built in 1811 by the Bernard family and  was called Castle Bernard. It was around the Bernard family estates that the present village grew from a mere 5 houses at the end of the 18th century to its peak of 98 houses in 1841. It now has just 128.

Kinnitty Castle has been transformed into a Castle Hotel and is famous for romantic fairy tale weddings.  As well as having the wonderful Kinnitty Castle Hotel with it’s fine restaurants and bars the village has two quaint pubs, a brewary, a village grocery shop, a cafe,  a mountain biking centre, 2 churches,  a   children’s playground, a hurling pitch and it’s very own Kinnitty Pyramid which you can see from  Ardmore Country House.

There are many great reasons to visit Kinnitty. Being situated at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains it is an ideal base for walking, cycling, mountain biking, birdwatching  or horse-riding. The Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike trails starts in the village.

There is also a wide vraiety of loop walking trails at Kinnitty trail head just south of the village of Kinnitty on the R420 and an Eco walk loop trail at Knockbarron Wood. The Slieve Bloom Way long distance trail can be accessed from the Kinnitty walking trailhead.

 

Ardmore Country House Bed and Breakfast

 

Ardmore Country House bed and breakfast is located on the edge of Kinnitty village and enjoys wonderful views through the large picture windows of the magical Slieve Bloom Mountains and the Pyramid at the rear of the Church of Ireland.

 

Slieve Bloom Mountains

 

SLIEVE BLOOM MOUNTAINS

 

The picturesque village nestles at the foot of Knocknamann  which is on the western slopes of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Knocknamann is the site where the Festival of Bealtaine was held in pre-christian times. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are steeped in history and folklore, from megalithic times though Ireland’s golden era of Saints & Scholars to more modern history of settlement and conflict of the O’Carrolls. According to legend the Slieve Bloom Mountains was home to Fionn Mac Cumhaill where as a child he lived with his mother for the first 7 years of his life.

 

Kinnitty Pyramid

 

Kinnitty Pyramid

 

Kinnitty Pyramid, the only one of its kind in Ireland, is situated at he rear of the Church of Ireland in the village and is visible from Ardmore House bed and breakfast. It stands 30 feet in height and was built as a crypt by Lt. Col Richard Wesley Bernard for his family on his return from Egypt in the mid 1800’s. Building began in 1830 and was completed in 1834. It is permanently sealed now. The doors are 3 inches in width and made of steel that lead down 5 steps to the inside tomb.It is the resting place of 6 members of the Bernard familly of Kinnitty (Kinity) Castle or Castle Bernard. The first was Mary Bernard and the last burial took place in 1907.

 

Leap Castle

 

Leap Castle Ireland’s most haunted castle is just 6 miles from Ardmore House Kinnitty on the R421, It was a former castle of the O’Carroll Clan.

 

Cadamstown Village

 

Three miles from Kinnitty is the lovely village of Cadamstown one of a necklace of lovely villages that dots the lowlands of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The Silver River Nature/Eco Trail, which starts from here, is a geological reserve of great beauty and botanical interest. We will give detailed maps to walk the trail.

 

 

Other attractions within an hours drive of Kinnitty are  Clonmacnoise, Athlone Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny city. If you are exploring the rugged west coast of Ireland and wild Atlantic Way, why not stop a night or two to experience the contrast. Kinnitty is far removed from the commercialism of busy resorts like Killarney, Dingle, Galway or indeed Dublin, still retaining a charm and pace more reminiscent of Ireland of the past than that of today.

 

Customer Reviews

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  • 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
    11 August 2019

    star rating  I think like a lot of people in Ireland we had forgotten about the charm of bed and breakfasts for breaks in Ireland. After a very disappointing stay in a... read more

    sloopjohnb65
    5 September 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
    27 October 2019
  • star rating  Stayed for 2 nights. Chris was very welcoming and runs a beautiful B&B. The room was really lovely and breakfast was delicious. Kinnitty is a lovely quiet town and loads... read more

    500declanp
    30 July 2021

    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
    3 October 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
    25 October 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
    3 August 2020

    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
    29 September 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
    20 August 2019
  • 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
    23 October 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
    7 June 2021

    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
    2 June 2021
  • star rating  Hi we had a fabulous stay with Chris in her beautiful B&B .
    The lovely gardens and rooms made our stay very enjoyable, Chris couldn't do enough for us... read more

    Exploration325280
    30 August 2021

    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
    1 November 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
    5 August 2019