Kinnitty Village and the surrounding areas have a wide variety of activities and wonderful places to visit, there is something for everyone no matter what age you are.....
The High Cross
Standing in the grounds of Kinnitty Castle, at a height of 2.40 metres is a sandstone cross. The cross was commissioned by St Colman to commemorate the conversion of his father to Christianity by St Patrick in Cashel. It is believed to be of 12th century date. The sandstone of which it is made is not of local origin. (Similar crosses of Durrow and Tihilly are also of sandstone, the material thought to have come from glacial boulders.) As you leave the Castle’s main entrance look across the car park to the right and you will see the pathway which leads to the High Cross.
The Bernard’s Pyramid
The pyramid in Kinnitty village is a burial tomb and is located on the foot of Knocknamann at the rear of the Church of Ireland. It was built by one of the Bernard family in 1834, an architect and an engineer who did military service in Egypt. He was probably so impressed and influenced by the huge pyramids he saw there, that he decided to build an exact replica of one of them, at a much smaller scale for a last resting place for the Bernard family. It is about 30ft in height and is thought to be the only one of its kind in Ireland. Steps lead down about 8 feet below ground level where the coffins were placed. Records show that 6 coffins have being placed there. The first Bernard to be buried there was Margaret Bernard, aged 24, in 1842, and the last Bernard to be buried there was Ellen Georgina Bernard in 1907.
To view the pyramid: turn left out of the Castle gates into Kinnitty village. Take the Roscrea road turning left at Peavoy’s shop. The Church of Ireland is just up on the left hand side of the road. Go into the churchyard and follow the path around the back of the Church. Enter through the black iron gates at the right hand side of the graveyard and the pyramid is at the top of the steps.
Slieve Bloom Mountains We are located at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains and there are many walks of varying Grades in the locality. We have access within the grounds to the Kinnitty Loop Walks within the beautiful forestry. Please click on the following links to view maps of some of the walks around Kinnitty Castle Hotel.
Leap Castle This famous haunted Castle is located just outside Roscrea and is owned by the Ryan Family. Tours can be arranged with the owners for a small fee, although this must be arranged in advance. If you wish to make arrangements to visit please contact Reception, who will also be happy to provide directions.
Monastic Site, St. Kieran’s Bush and St. Kieran’s Well, Clareen
In Clareen you will find a Monastic site with remains of a Round Tower, Augustinian Priory and Turret, and the base of a High Cross. St Kieran’s bush is situated about 1km from Clareen cross on the Clareen to Roscrea road. The bush is easily identified from all the items which have been attached to the bush over many years. The people of the parish have great attachment to this bush and tie medals, strings, twines, bits of clothing etc. on it. The bush here fell in 1884 but a young one was growing at the time and this now occupies the site. St. Kieran's Well is situated in a field a few metres off the road which leads from Clareen to Roscrea. It is surrounded by an iron railing and a number of steps lead down to the well. The well has a reputation of never going dry. To reach Clareen, turn left when leaving the gates of Kinnitty Castle Hotel, follow the road through Kinnitty village. As you leave Kinnitty village take the road to the left which is signposted Clareen. It will take approximately 10 minutes to reach Clareen from Kinnitty.
Cadamstown is the next village along from Kinnitty on the Dublin road. To reach Cadamstown turn right out of the gates. There are walks along the Silver River either side of the village, and if you are lucky you may even meet the local historian, Paddy Heaney, who lives in the heart of the village and enjoys narrating the history of the area to visitors. Take a visit to the Dolman on the hill above Paddy’s house, accessible on foot along the Ballyboy road.
Tullamore Town and Charleville Castle
Tullamore is approximately 20 minutes drive from Kinnitty Castle Hotel Ireland. Turn right out of the Castle gates and take the R422 left turn to Tullamore approximately 3 miles after Cadamstown village. You will see Charleville Castle on your approach into Tullamore Town, which has beautiful grounds to walk.
Brittas Woods and Lake, Clonaslee
There is a Lake located on the mountain road in Clonaslee which was built in the 1800’s by the Dunne family of Brittas Castle, for private bathing and fishing. To reach this take a right turn out of the gates of the Castle, drive through Cadamstown, and you will reach Clonaslee in approximately 8 miles. As you arrive in Clonaslee village take the right turn signposted Brittas Lake, and follow this road for just under 1 mile. There is a nice walk around the Lake and also walks into the forestry accessible from the far end of the Lake. Brittas Castle is currently under reconstruction and is unfortunately inaccessible to the public.
Birr Castle Demense & Historic Science Centre
Birr Castle offers something for everyone to enjoy and is especially interesting and educational for families. Starting with Ireland’s Historic Science Centre in the old stable block, with its café and shop you can then explore 50 hectares of park land, visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces and discover Birr’s world famous engineering and astronomical wonder - the Great Telescope. We look forward to welcoming you on a voyage of Discovery. Birr Castle is approximatley 15 minutes from the Hotel
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Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre
Visitors taking the 45-minute guided tour can get a glimpse of the long-gone times when the distillery dominated the town. The intriguing origins and inter-linked history of Tullamore Dew, the town and canal are celebrated through a series of audio-visual presentations, exhibits, models and tableaux. As they walk through the old warehouse rooms, visitors can learn about life in a small Irish town in the 1800’s, how whiskey was made, and how Mr Daniel E Williams – using his initials to create a distinctive name - developed Tullamore Dew into one of Ireland’s greatest exports. At the end of the tour, visitors can relax in the Centre’s own bar and bistro and enjoy a complimentary glass of Tullamore Dew. Before leaving, visitors looking for souvenirs and gifts can browse a wide range of merchandise at the Centre’s shop.The Tullamore Dew & Heritage Centre is approximately 25 minutes from the Hotel.
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Kilbeggan Distillery ( Lockes Distillery)
Lockes Distillery is situated in Kilbeggan, Co. Offaly and is now open as a Museum of Industrial Archeology to show people how whiskey was produced in the past. There are self-guided or guided tours available. Guided tours must be reserved in advance.The tour follows the process of making triple distilled Irish Whiskey, from the grinding of the grain to the casking of the final product. Watch and listen as the 19th century water wheel drives the machinery. Most of the original machinery has now been restored and can been seen working daily. Peer into 9 meter high fermentation vats. Learn about the lives and the working conditions of the people that worked here. At the end of the tour you will receive a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey. Lockes Distillery is approximately 45 minutes from the Hotel.
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Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre.
The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region. Clonmacnoise Monastic Site is approximately 45 minutes from the Hotel.
Please visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
Emo Court was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of this neo-classical style. During the middle of this century it was owned by the Jesuits, it was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley-Harrison in the 1960s. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland which were first laid out in the 18th century and contain formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks with many very fine trees and shrubs. The house and gardens were taken into State ownership in 1994. Emo Court is approximately 20 minutes from this Castle Hotel In Ireland.
Please visit Emo Court
Mountmellick Embroidery Museum
Mountmellick Embroidery is unique as it is the only form of embroidery from the 19th century that can claim to be entirely Irish in design and is currently enjoying a revival being adapted for more modern uses like designer dresses, light shades and corporate gifts. The Museum also tells the story of the town's rich Quaker and industrial history. A tour of the Museum consists of an Audio Visual presentation followed by a guided tour.
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