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About Kinnitty

Kinnitty Co Offaly

Kinnitty Co Offaly is set in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The central location of the very pretty village of Kinnitty located at the crossroads of Ireland midway between Dublin Airport in the east, Galway on the west coast, Belfast in the north and Cork in the south 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 has many great local attractions and activities. Ardmore Country House set at the edge of Kinnitty has  wonderful views of the Slieve Bloom Mountains and a unique view of  Kinnitty Pyramid.  Kinnitty is near Ireland’s most haunted castle Leap Castle, Birr Castle Gardens with it’s Giant Telescope, Tullamore Dew Distillery and visitor centre,  Kilbeggan Distillery, Lough Boora Discovery Park and Sculpture Park. Nearby heritage attractions include Clonmacnoise, the Georgian town of Birr, Emo Court House and Gardens

As well as having the wonderful Kinnitty Castle Hotel with it’s wonderful whiskey Kinnitty Spirits Kinnitty has it’s own artisan beer, Pikeman brewed by Slieve Bloom Brewing Company, two quaint pubs, 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.

If you love the outdoors Kinnitty is the gateway to the Slieve Bloom mountains Ardmore Country House 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 variety 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.

Kinnitty village is the trailhead for the Slieve Bloom Mountain Biking trails. Mountain Bikes and E bikes can be hired from the village. If you have your own mountain bike we have secure lock up store and bike wash

If you enjoy walking Ardmore Country House Kinnitty is beside a wide variety of looped walking trails at Kinnitty, Cadamstown, Clonaslee, Glenbarrow.  Ardmore Country House is just a 20 minute walk to the long distance Slieve Bloom Way walking trail.

Kinnitty village near 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. Many brides and grooms have spent their pre wedding night at Ardmore Country House where they can relax with family and friends.


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 Kinnitty


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’Carroll’s. 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 family of Kinnitty (Kinnity) Castle or Castle Bernard. The first was Mary Bernard and the last burial took place in 1907.

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

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  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  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

    3 August 2020

    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 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

    26 October 2019

    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

    11 August 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

    1 November 2019
  • 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  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

    12 June 2021

    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

    29 September 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

    5 September 2021

    star rating  My husband and I loved our stay at the Ardmore. Chris was an amazing hostess! She greeted us warmly and had a fire waiting for us in the sitting room.... read more

    7 April 2022

    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

    30 August 2021
  • 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

    25 October 2019

    star rating  Ardmore house is a beautiful old country house. Chris, the landlady was an excellent host. Lovely fresh cooked breakfast. A stones throw from the pubs and cafes in Kinnity village.... read more

    31 October 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

    23 October 2019
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