Some of the county’s finest spots lie towards its southern extremity, countryside defined by the lush valleys of the rivers Barrow and Nore. Near the Nore are major ecclesiastical remains at Kells and Jerpoint Abbey while, by the Barrow, both Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins are attractive places to stay. Near the beguiling village of Inistioge, you can explore the extensive gardens and arboretum of the Woodstock Demesne.

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