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Day Trips Ireland’s Hidden Heartland’s

Day 1

Explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartland’s from Ardmore Country  House Kinnitty

Kinnitty Pyramid

Kinnitty Pyramid views from Ardmore Country House B & B Kinnitty Offaly

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

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 reference to Maelsechnail  who ruled the ancient Kingdom 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 Hidden Heartlands 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

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  • 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  Fabulous spot in the heart of Kinnitty. Loved our bright spacious and comfortable bedroom. Chris is a first class host with lots of tips and info on walks and sights... read more

    HelenTravelBug
    25 July 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

    1018heathero
    26 October 2019
  • star rating  With 4 friends we stayed 4 nights while walking the Slieve Blooom Way. Even before we arrived Chris ensured our stay would be trouble-free, giving us information... read more

    Anne H
    23 July 2022

    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  Beautiful house with all the facilities required for a one-night stay. Christine was such a lovely host and provided great recommendations. Also provided us with tea and cake on arrival.... read more

    nahnum
    3 August 2022
  • star rating  The owner is helpful and kind. This is not the place to come if you expect luxury and a grand abbey or manor. The home is well kept, the food... read more

    galofmanycities
    12 July 2022

    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  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

    johnoP4244OQ
    31 October 2021
  • star rating  I had a wonderful stay here for a friend's wedding at nearby Kinnitty Castle. Chris made me feel very welcome and my room was super clean, comfortable and quiet. The... read more

    el_hayward
    19 July 2022

    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  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  House was lovely. Very clean and beautifully restored. However, the host was a bit cranky. From our first interaction with unnecessary comments about the luggage to knocking on our door... read more

    trstravels1217
    16 July 2022

    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

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    7 April 2022

    star rating  Chris and her home are WONDERFUL. She is most hospitable and the home retains all of its historical character...but provides guests with modern amenities. Breakfast was fantastic as... read more

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    10 June 2022
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