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Self Catering Holiday Homes in Ballon, Co. Carlow

Ballon is a village in County Carlow, located on the N80 road near Carlow town. The Blackstairs Mountains and Wicklow Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to countryside and meandering roads around this delightful village. Ballon Hill is 450 feet above sea level and offers wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Places to go and things to do in Ballon

There is a strong archaeological presence in this part of Ireland’s Ancient East. Explore the motte and bailey at Castlemore and Castlegrace, ringforts, cashels, standing stones and holy wells.

Ballon has a number of local amenities including a number of grocery shops, a post office, hardware store, café, takeaway, petrol station and butchers. Beautiful wild flower corridors line both sides of the village with a picnic site at the entrance to the Lecky Graveyard.

Slí na Sceacha means the 'Way of the Hedge' in Irish and is an easy and informative walk along the native hedgerow in Ballon. The walk was developed by Ballon Improvement Group and Glor Bhalan, and is located alongside The Forge Restaurant.

Visit the Lace Gallery a few minutes outside Ballon, where the macemaker Mary O’Neill designs and crafts handmade Irish Carrickmacross Lace. Carrickmacross Lace originated in the early 1820’s, today the collection includes Borris Lace, Kenmare Lace, Clones Lace, Torchon, Tatting, Venetian Needlepoint and various bobbin laces.

For fresh fruit and vegetables on your next self-catering holiday in Ballon visit Malone Fruit Farm. This family business in Carlow sell a selection of delicious soft fruit, jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys, fruit tonics and cordials from their farm shop.

Carlow Garden Trail

Carlow Garden Trail at present consists of 21 different gardening attractions with an additional three gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford. The trail includes great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time.

Altamont Gardens in Ballon, one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland, a delightful blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres. The estate gains much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in the avenues and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens. Explore the sculpted yews that slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees and rhododendrons and lead in turn to a very different garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees. The gardens were left to the State and ongoing restoration and maintenance continue under the stewardship of the Office of Public Works (OPW).

The magnificent landscaped and mountains that surround Ballon provide a peaceful setting and an ideal base for a unique holiday experience in Ireland.

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