The Wild Atlantic Way

There is the Wild Atlantic Way signposted to take you to the Irish edge..the coastal routes that enable you to circumnavigate Ireland in all it's lush greenery and stark rawness with cliffs and sheer drops to the Atlantic ocean. Breathtakingly beautiful as you meander through fishing towns and villages, explore the traditions of weaving and craft along the way, hear a smattering of Gaelic spoken, listen to great music and drink pints of porter, Guinness perhaps.

Ireland's Ancient East

Then there is the Ancient Irish East, a very different affair to the ruggedness of coastal paths. Gently rolling hills and lush green pastures in a cluster of counties in the heart of Ireland's south east. The castles at Kilkenny and

Waterford, the Abbey's at Jerpoint and Graiguenamanagh and the pretty villages of Inistioge, St. Mullin's and Stoneyford along the way.

JFK Arboretum

There are gardens at Killfane and Woodstock and walks along the rivers that gently flow through these counties of Ireland's Ancient East, the Barrow and the Nore. Food from fork to table in Kilkenny, Thomastown and Wexford. The JFK Arboretum and Famine Museum in the Kennedy homestead of County Wexford. Extraordinary Opera too at the internationally famous Wexford Opera Festival, Arts and Comedy in Kilkenny and the fantasy festival of Spraoi each summer on the streets of Waterford, not to mention the famous cut glass of Waterford Crystal in the city centre.

Award Winning Ballilogue

Then there's Ballilogue, the award-winning private hamlet dating back to 1650 which is for all the world like a preserved and restored village in the Kilkenny countryside. 11 bedrooms accommodating 22 people sharing light filled modernist spaces, enveloped in Kilkenny stone and surrounded by mature gardens. Mrs. Meaney's Cottage dates from 1650 perhaps, with it's artefacts testifying to a rich rural Irish tradition, preserved and honoured. Ballilogue Hamlet is a great place to rest and relax as well as being the perfect base to explore this wonderful part of Ireland. It's award-winning and stylish interiors, European king size beds and Egyptian cotton bedlinen provides the perfect private Irish retreat as the reviews and testimonials testify to.

Four Perfect Days in Ireland

It's the perfect Irish base to celebrate with family and friends in the heart of the Irish countryside yet less than 2 hours from Dublin or Cork airports. The options for making a stay at Ballilogue even more special are all available too! Delicious meals prepared by the Ballilogue caterers, cocktails and drinks in the Shed Bar, music in Mrs. Meaney's Cottage, local transport for day trips so no one needs to drive, guided walks and great restaurants and art galleries to visit too in Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. It's the perfect retreat to enjoy a slice of Ireland's past, preserved and re-imagined yet the perfect gateway to the wonderful activities and sights all around you in Ireland's Ancient East, see our guide to 4 Perfect Days in Ireland.

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