Birr Castle & Gardens
Home to the Earls of Rosse since 1620, Birr Castle is the Private Home of Brendan, the 7th Earl and his Family. As such the House itself is not open to the public. The Award winning Gardens and buildings in the grounds of Birr Castle house an array of unique plants, not to mention a detailed insight into the History of the Parsons family. read more
Birr is a perfect location for golf enthusiasts because of its central location, within two hours drive of Galway, Limerick and Dublin. You are only a short drive (and a pitch!!) away from one of the many excellent Championship golf courses in the area. Please contact the County Arms Hotel directly for Golf packages and specially reduced Green Fee Rates for Groups and Societies. read more
Adrenalin junkies are well catered for with the fairymount farm mountain bike trails. hardcore walkers will love the challenge of the Offaly Way, linking the Slieve Bloom mountains with the ancient monastic site at Lemanaghan. Long cycle routes are mapped and cyclists enjoy access to our secure Bike Room. Groups of thrillseekers often go for clay pigeon shooting at Esker. Abseiling or gorge walking with Birr outdoor education centre or battlefield sports with Noel at Birr Equestrian centre.
A magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, the Birr area is home to a number of waymarked trails. The highlights are teh Slieve Bloom mountains and Lough Boora Parklands. We've even got an urban walking trail right here in Birr. Sculpture in the Parklands is a real find. Colour walking maps are available from the Hotel reception, laminated in case of rain!
On the Water
Join the 'King of the River' Joe O'Keeffe for a memorable lunch cruise of teh Shannon from Portumna. Or arrive at Clonmacnoise, like the Vikings, on the 50 seater River Queen. try your hands at watersports at Terryglass. Grouyp activities with Birr Outdoor Education Centre includes canoeing and raft building.
Despite being bisected by motorways, Offaly is one of the most rural counties in Ireland and offers everything from challenging off road mountain biking routes to gentle country lanes. You're welcome to our cycling maps ranging from 20km to 120km. Local family friendly cycling routes and traffic free rides are very popular.