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Travelling to County Offaly
County Offaly Holiday Guide
The location of County Offaly, more or less directly in the heart of the Republic of Ireland, makes it accessible from all parts of the republic and an excellent base for exploring. In geographical terms it is located between the Shannon River to the west and the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the east. The range of facilities, entertainments and activities on offer in County Offaly makes it the perfect place for a holiday, whether you’re seeking family fun, the chance to explore nature or a taste of the legendary Irish hospitality usually referred to as the craic.
The central location of the county makes it easy to get to from across the Republic of Ireland and, thanks to the equidistant presence of two different airports, from all over the world. The centre of County Offaly is 79 miles from both Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport. The choice of which of these two major airports you use will depend upon exactly when you want to arrive in County Offaly and where you’re travelling from.
Shannon Airport, which is open throughout the year, handles five different airlines and takes flights from cities including New York and London (Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted). Dublin Airport handles approximately 175 routes from around the world and works with 50 different airlines.
Places to Visit
If the evocation of times past, which hangs so richly over much of Ireland, is what attracts you, then the shoreline of Boora Lakes , in the centre of the county, is a place you simply have to visit. Its archaeological remains, which date back over 8,000 years, show the earliest evidence of human beings settling in Ireland.
To the west of Offlay you’ll find an entirely different way of examining the rich history of the area. Larry’s Old Time Village is a stunningly crafted miniature village that depicts 12 thatched cottages dating from different eras between the 1900s and 1950, as well as figurines illustrating archetypal Irish village events.
Ghosts of County Offaly
Those of you with a strong enough nerve might like to brave a visit to some of the allegedly haunted castles located in County Offaly. These include Kinnitty Castle, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a monk named Hugh, Leap Castle , apparently the most haunted castle in Ireland, and Clonony Castle, where a figure known only as “The Thin Man” is said to wander the grounds in a haze of light.
If all of this talk of ghosts and spirits leaves you feeling somewhat chilled, what better way to warm up than with a visit to the Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre in Tullamore, where a guided tour will let you in on the secrets of the crafting of Tullamore Dew, a whisky renowned throughout the world.
Activities in County Offaly
If you’re feeling more energetic, or have teenagers wishing to let off steam, then pay a visit to Grand Canal Sports, situated on the banks of the canal itself in Daingean, halfway between Tullamore and Edenderry. Here you’ll be able to try your hand at activities such as cycling, fishing or kayaking, with all equipment provided for hire.
The Advantages of County Offaly Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in County Offaly. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed County Offaly weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in County Offaly.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to County Offaly
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to County Offaly. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in County Offaly. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
County Offaly Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in County Offaly. Whisking your lover away for a romantic County Offaly weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in County Offaly and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in County Offaly
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in County Offaly. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in County Offaly within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in County Offaly. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan County Offaly family weekend breaks.