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Borris, Carlow

A beautiful, untouched town full of charm and heritage nestling in the fertile valley of the River Barrow, below the curve of the Blackstairs Mountains. Many shops have kept their traditional shopfronts while the Borris Bars and Pubs have earned nationwide recognition for their friendly, old world atmosphere and traditional music evenings.

The MacMurrough Kavanagh dynasty, former Celtic Kings of Leinster, are central to this picturesque town of old stone buildings. The family still live at Borris House in the town centre. Built in Tudor style, the house is open to groups by prior arrangement.

The town prospered in the late 1800’s as Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, the landlord of the time, developed a sawmill and a thriving lace-making industry. He also instigated the building of the graceful 16-arch viaduct, situated at the lower end of the town, which was intended to carry the now defunct Great Southern and Western Railway Line between Bagenalstown and Wexford.

What to see and do in Borris

Borris is an excellent point from which to explore the Mount Leinster Drive and Blackstairs Mountains.

For walkers, the South Leinster Way passes through Borris where it joins the Barrow Way.

Clashganny Forest, 5km south of Borris, offers lovely walks, while the particularly fine viewing spot of Clashganny Lock and surrounding countryside may be enjoyed on the upper New Ross road.

The Borris Fair, held every August, is one of the last traditional fairs, with many stall holders exhibiting their wares.

For the more adventurous types, Country Quads Ltd, located approximately 5Km south of Borris, in a scenic mountain area will provide a memorable experience.

Borris Golf Club is a 9-hole parkland course with panoramic views of the neighbouring countryside.

Borris Map



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