Borris

By the river:

boat house bridge, Borris

Old boat house bridge, Borris

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.

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Ballytiglea, river Barrow, photo by James Burke

Ballytiglea, River Barrow, County Carlow, Ireland

The river near Ballytiglea

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Former lock-keeper’s house, Borris Lock.

Borris village

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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.

Borris House also hosts the annual Festival of Writing & Ideas

To get to the river, head back to Ballytiglea bridge and walk down beside the bridge on the left.

View over Co Carlow from the Nine Stones viewpoint - accessible from the road via Borris village.

View over Co Carlow from the Nine Stones viewpoint – accessible from the road via Borris village. Photo: James Burke

Head for the hills !

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Blackstairs Mountains, South Leinster Way. Photo by James Burke

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.

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The road to Mount Leinster, Tomduff, County Carlow. Photo & retro poster by James Burke

See the walking guide for more information


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