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County Offaly

County Offaly is located in the centre of the Irish Midlands. Its name derives from the ancient Kingdom of Uí Failghe, which was previously known as King\\\'s County. Tullamore is the main and largest town. Most of the county is plain and bogland, with occasional elevations. The only hilly terrain are the Slieve Bloom Mountains situated on the southeast with the highest peak of 527 m, Arderin. The northwest part is the flood plain of the Shannon River. County Offaly has a lot to offer to the visitors. There are many noteworthy castles as Birr Castle, Charleville Castle, Leap Castle or Clonony. County Offaly is also a home for one of the most iconic monastic sites in Ireland, Clonmacnoise. Very famous Irish whiskey comes from the Tullamore Distillery, which is open for visitors. The Grand Canal runs through County Offaly and connects Dublin with the River Shannon. For the outdoor activists, there are golf courses, horse riding and many walking trails.

Interesting places in county Offaly

Birr Castle

Birr Castle

Midlands Ireland | County Offaly

Birr Castle is a large castle located in the town of Birr, in County Offaly. The first structure on this site was the Norman motte and bailey, established in the late 12th century. The castle became a stronghold of the O'Carroll clan, powerful Irish chieftains, and remained in their possession until the 1580s when it was sold to the Ormond Butlers. In 1620, ...   more info and photos

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise

Midlands Ireland | County Offaly

Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland's most iconic monastic sites. Is situated on the banks of River Shannon about 7km northeast of Shannonbridge, in County Offaly. The first early Christian monastery was founded here by Saint Ciarán, in the middle of the 6th century. Clonmacnoise was located at the crossroads of two very important communication routes of medieval...   more info and photos