Beautiful view of Birr Castle and a blue sky in County Offaly, Ireland

About Offaly

County Offaly is located in the province of Leinster and part of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. It is named after the ancient Kingdom of Uí Failghe and was formerly known as King’s County.

Tullamore is the county town located halfway between Dublin and Galway and it is home to Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey. The old distillery warehouse is set on the banks of the Grand Canal and has an impressive visitor centre, where the tour can be finished with a complimentary glass of this world-known whiskey.

Offaly is home to an array of top visitor attractions such as
Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Birr Castle Demesne, Clara Bog Nature Reserve, Lough Boora Discovery Park, Slieve Bloom Mountains, and the River Shannon. Top towns to visit and home to a number of historical sites include Birr, Tullamore, Edenderry, and Kilcormac. 

If you like the idea of setting your own course, then book a tour or hire a boat and explore the River Shannon. The unspoilt River Shannon meanders through beautiful countryside, past historic towns offering the best in Irish cuisine. 

Offaly at the heart of Ireland has expanses of bogland, a vast mountain park, and wooded valleys with picturesque streams and rivers. The majestic Shannon River defines its western boundary and the gently rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, a national nature reserve, rise up in the east. Offaly is truly one of Ireland’s Hidden Gems and the perfect base for a unique self-catering holiday in Ireland. 

Map of Offaly


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