Irelands’ Ancient East Tours.

Explore Ireland’s Ancient East from Ardmore House Kinnitty

Day 1

Kinnitty Pyramid

Ardmore Country House is surely  unique in that it is the only B&B in the world with a view of a pyramid from it’s front windows.  You can start your tour with some history of the Kinnitty Pyramid from Christina before you even leave the house. The Kinnitty Pyramid which is located at the rear of St Finian’s church is a short walk from the house. View of Kinnitty Pramid from Ardmore Country House B&B The only one of it’s kind in Ireland it was built by Colonel Richard Wellesley Bernard of Kinnitty Castle as a burial chamber for his family. Work on the pyramid started in 1830 and was completed in 1834. The stonework is really amazing and worth taking a closer look. It serves as the final resting place of 6 members of the Bernard family. The last one interred in 1907.

Kinnitty High Cross

In the grounds of Kinnitty Castle across from the front door stands a fine 9th century High Cross. The 9th Century High Cross is engraved with biblical scenes as well as  a reference to Maelsechnail  who ruled the ancient Kingdom of Meath from 846-862.Kinnitty High Cross img_20161109_032202

Before you leave Kinnitty Castle take a walk around the back over the bridge and down the back avenue. Here you will find 2 very interesting iron bridges. One is a Single-spire wire suspension footbridge built c.1840, over the River Camcor. It is one of only two suspension bridges in Offaly (the other is at Birr Castle demesne) It is a rare surviving example of a multiple-wire cable suspension bridge. The bridge is hung from cast-iron columns. The uprights are anchored to the ground behind with a pair of diagonal wrought-iron rods with circular framing. The deck is timber. Manufacturer’s name ‘T & D Roberts’ on downstream upright. They are of special technical interest due to the fact that their catenaries comprise lengths of parallel iron wires rather than the forged chain link or twisted steel cables.
It is no coincidence that both are in estate contexts and were restricted to private pedestrian use. 

Birr Georgian Town

Take the R440 to the Heritage town of Birr. Take the walking tour of Birr {route leaflet available at Ardmore Country House} Visit Birr Castle Gardens with it’s Giant Telescope.

Day 2

After a hearty Irish breakfast at Ardmore House Chris will send you on your way with advice and directions to discover more treasures of Ireland’s Ancient East  from Mesolitic sites to the good old dew “Tullamore Dew”

 First stop at Lough Boora Discovery Park

Clonmacnoise Heritage site

St Ciarán founded his monastery on the banks of the River Shannon in the 6th Century.  The monastery flourished and became a great seat of learning, a University of its time with students from all over Europe. The ruins include a Cathedral, two round Towers, three high crosses, nine Churches and over 700 Early Christian graveslabs. The original high crosses, including the magnificent 10th century Cross of the Scriptures area on display in a purpose built visitor centre adjacent the monastic enclosure.

Athlone Castle

Tullamore Dew.


Tour Leap Castle, Rock Of Cashel and Kilkenny

Kinnitty to Leap Castle Ireland’s most haunted {Call Sean Ryan beforehand to book +353 579131115}

Damer House Roscrea

Kilkenny City

Rock of Cashel

Tour Laois and Kildare

Kinnitty to Mountmellick Museum of Mountmellick Lace

Emo House and Gardens

Kildare-Kildare Village Outlet Centre, National Stud, Japanese Gardens

Newbridge Silver and Style Icon Museum

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