The area just around Slieve Aughty Centre is full of hidden gems to discover. Marble Hill is a local ruin of a mansion house with a long history. We’ve written its story up for you to download now.
The Hill Bar is our local pub. On Saturday nights there is live music, so meet the locals and try a pint of Guiness on tap!
Ruins in Abbey Village represent the site of Ireland’s only Carthusian foundation. The Carthusians were an enclosed order, living solitary, austere, contemplative lives and they derived sustenance from the lands. This was Ireland’s only Carthusian priory and was occupied until 1321 when it was taken over by the Knight Hospitallers, a semi-military monastic order begun during the crusades for the protection and religious care of pilgrims to the Holy Land. The Franciscans took their place and remained until the end of the eighteenth century.
In Loughrea, about 10 km away, visit Carmelite Abbey, a large monastery surrounded by the only surviving functional moat in Ireland. St, Brendan’s Cathedral, built about 100 years ago, is a gothic revival church full of 20th century Irish art, including magnificent stained glass works by Harry Clarke. Audio tours of the cathedral are available. Other features include Thoor Ballylee and Michael Burke’s castle.
Equipped with changing and shower rooms, picnic areas, and plentiful parking. Lough Rea Lake’s Blue Flag beach is a popular summer destination for swimming, fishing and walking. A lifeguard is on duty during the summer months and trout are stocked.
Turoe Pet Farm is a fun day out for the kids and is just a few miles outside Loughrea in the village of Bullaun. It is also home to The Turoe Stone, one of the most significant monuments in Ireland, dating back to around 100 BC.
Also, just outside Loughrea, horse lovers can visit Dartfield Horse Museum.