Take a step back in time in Co Carlow in one of the many historical homes and gardens that await you in abundance. Often called the Floral County, the landscape is bursting with colour and life. The Carlow Garden Trail currently features 16 different gardens including Altamont Gardens.

There are many old country estates scattered around the county which are open to visitors. Borris House, the ancestral home of the McMorrough Kavanaghs, King of Leinster, has guided tours around the stately home where you can admire the craftmanship of the Stapleton ceilings to the restored Egyptian watercolours of Lady Harriet Kavanagh and unique Borris Lace. Nearby is St Molings, a 7th century monastic settlement and one of Carlow’s many ecclesiastical sites. The remains of a 10th century round tower may still be seen here.

Carlow is home to ancient monuments that include dolmens, standing stones, stone forts and burial chambers from 2,500 BC. At Brownshill, close to Carlow town you will find Europe’s largest portal dolmen, its capstone weighing more than 100 tonnes.

Carlow Outdoors is an initiative of County Carlow Development Partnership