Offaly–where time stands still and where science and nature collide

Offaly at the heart of Ireland welcomes the visitor to enormous tracts of wilderness, expanses of bogland, a vast mountain park, esker hills and deep wooded valleys with their 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.

The great thing about a visit to Offaly is that you’re always going to be surprised. Around every bend and down every country road, you’ll come upon an unexpected view or a tucked- away gem of a place. Visit the monastic site – Clonmacnoise or Clara Bog to see an example of a relatively intact raised bog.

Tullamore is the capital town of the county of Offaly and is a thriving and bustling town and a gateway to the midlands. Birr is one of Ireland’s premier heritage towns and proud of its unique character spanning many centuries. Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is a must see. Edenderry is situated on the Grand Canal is an ideal spot for course fishing, walking/cycling the Offaly way from Dublin through Kildare and all of Offaly to join the Shannon at Shannon harbour.



  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre
  • Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre
  • Lough Boora Discovery Park
  • Clara Bog– an example of a relatively intact raised bog
  • Moneygall–ancestral home of former American President Barack Obama
  • Slieve Bloom Mountains–great walking trails and scenery to enjoy
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Golfing & Fishing
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Cruising
  • Fishing
  • Watersports
  • River Shannon
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Getting There
Map Location: 53.235687, -7.712223
Contact Visit Offaly

Co. Offaly, Ireland

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