By the river:
Below Borris Lock a miniature one-eyed bridge (above) conceals a tiny harbour. It was from this place that Arthur Kavanagh, who was born without limbs in 1831, set forth by boat to Westminster to fulfil his duties as Member of Parliament. He was Lord Lieutenant of County Carlow, Member of the Privy Council of Ireland, local magistrate and a superb horseman.
Joyce’s pub, Borris village. One of a number of traditional ‘half and half’ shops with bars to be found in this lovely Georgian village. Borris is a gateway to the Blackstairs mountains. Music fans should check out the gold disk from the Cranberries in O’Sheas bar; Island Records’ Denny Cordell ‘discovered’ the band and lived nearby until his untimely death. Music celebs have been known to drop by when his annual memorial race is held at nearby Gowran Park.
To get to the river, head towards Goresbridge, turn left down the twisty road to Ballytiglea bridge and walk down beside the bridge on the left hand side. Borris is left and Goresbridge is right.
Head for the hills !
Drive-in mountain view: If you have time, head under the old Borris viaduct and follow signs for TV Transmitter up to the Nine Stones, where you’ll get a fabulous view over the countryside. The road up at Tomduff is extraordinary – more like Connemara. You can walk up to the TV transmitter but it’s much steeper than it first seems as you get nearer the top. It’s also quite a long way from Borris village so probably best to drive up to the Nine Stones viewing point and walk from there. Hang gliders often launch themselves from here.
See the walking guide for more information
Borris House also hosts the annual Festival of Writing & Ideas