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Kinnitty Offaly Ireland

The picturesque village of Kinnitty [Kinnity] is located in the very centre of Ireland midway between Dublin and Galway on Kinnitty, Kinnity,Offaly Irelandthe west, Belfast in the north and Cork in the south. It's central location makes it the ideal base to explore Ireland. In less than 2 hours you can be in the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Rock of Cashel or Kilkenny. Kinnitty has a Castle Hotel - Kinnitty Castle well know for romantic fairytale weddings, two quaint pubs - the Slieve Bloom Bar and Giltraps, 2 village shops, 2 churches and a school. There are loop walking trails at Kinnitty trail head on the R 420 and an Eco walk loop trail at Knockbarron Wood just outside the village. Kinnitty Castle hotel is situated less than 3km from the village.

Ardmore Country House is located on the edge of the village with wonderful views onto the magical Slieve Bloom Mountains. Kinnity {Cionn Eitigh in Gaelic} nestles at the foot of Knocknamann on the western slopes of the Slieve Bloom Mountains Slievebloom MountainsSlieve Bloom Mountains. Knocknamann is the site where the Festival of Bealtaine was held in pre- Christian times. The Slieveblooms are steeped in history and folklore, from megalithic times though Ireland's golden era of Saints & Scholars to more modern history of settlement and conflict of the O'Carrolls. According to legend the Slieve Bloom Mountains was home to Fionn Mac Cumhaill where as a child he lived with his mother for the first 7 years of his life.

Kinnitty Pyramid

Kinnitty Pyramid  Offaly IrelandKinnitty Pyramid, the only one of its kind in Ireland, is situated in the graveyard of the Church of Ireland in the village and is visible from Ardmore House bed and breakfast. It stands 30 feet in height and was built as a crypt by Lt. Col Richard Wesley Bernard for his family on his return from Egypt in the mid 1800's. It is an exact replica of the Pyramid of Cheop in Egypt. Building began in 1830 and was completed in 1834. It is permanently sealed now. The doors are 3 inches in width and made of steel that lead down 5 steps to the inside tomb. There are 6 coffins belonging to the Bernards of Kinnity Castle. The first was Mary Bernard and the last burial took place in 1907.

Leap Castle

Leap Castle  KinnittyJust 6 miles from Ardmore Country House Kinnitty is Leap Castle on the R421, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted castle and a former castle of the O Carroll Clan.

Other attractions locally are the Georgian town of Birr, Birr Castle Gardens and Giant Telescope, Lough Boora Parklands the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Belvedere House and GardensTullamore Dew Heritage centre and to name but a few.

Cadamstown Village

Three miles from Kinnitty is the lovely village of Cadamstown one of a necklace of lovely villages that dots the lowlands of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The Silver River Nature/Eco Trail, which starts from here, is a geological reserve of great beauty and botanical interest. We will give you a map to walk the trail.Silver River  Nature trail Cadamstown Co Offaly Ireland

Other attractions within an hours drive of Kinnitty are Athlone Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny city. If you are exploring the rugged west coast of Ireland, why not stop a night or two to experience the contrast. Kinnitty is far removed from the commercialism of busy resorts like Killarney, Dingle, Galway or indeed Dublin, still retaining a charm and pace more reminiscent of Ireland of the past than that of today.

 

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