Carlow town marks the meeting of the Barrow and Burrin rivers. Outside of the town lies a colourful, lush county.

Less than an hour and a half from Dublin, this county isn't a high touristic point in any guide. But to those familiar with the county, it is a gem with the rolling hills of Mount Leinster, the majestic rivers Barrow and Slaney and a string of little heritage villages to discover along its banks.

The tree-lined boundaries and pretty worker villages of long-gone demesnes are still evident in the county, particularly the ruins of old mills dotted along the rivers.

William Thackeray, the 19th century satirist and author of Vanity Fair, described the landscape around Royal Oak just south of Carlow town as "exceedingly beautiful, with noble hills rising on either side and the broad silver Barrow flowing through rich meadows of that astonishing verdure which is only to be seen in this country".

Carlow is a bustling town, which in 2009 regained some of order after the much-needed bypass was opened.

Come river cruising on the Barrow!


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