Ofally offers numerous fun-filled activities; catering to travellers’ and visitors’ specific interest in the county. People more into the nature can enjoy a relaxing stroll through the bog or cycling through the parkland. Visitors with a little upbeat interest can find great live music, food and nightclubs in Offaly. For the adventurous, the county offers activities like skydiving, parachute jumping and hot air ballooning. For travelers looking for urban experience, can find numerous places for shopping and luxurious peat spa treatments.
However, if you are hear for a few days and want to know the heritage of Ofally; this is our top 3 picks.
Visit the Lough Boora Parklands:
If it’s nature you are looking in Offaly; we urge you to visit Lough Boora Parklands. Stretched across 250 acres and endowed with grandeur and beauty of nature, it could be a lot to take in just one day. Whether you are with your family or have come alone; the parklands will give you plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself into the salubrious atmosphere as well as inspire you with its scenic beauty. The discovery park also facilitate tourists with walking route, angling, bird watching, cycling, sculpting and more.
Clara Bog and Mongan Bog:
This is one of the few remaining raised midlands in Offaly. Stretched across 460 hectares, it offers various types of vegetation, habitats for a number of species and hummocks. Established in 1987, this is a statutory nature reserve, home to many protected wildlife species. Moreover, the Mongan Bog is believed to be over 7000 years old and a great habitat for wintering Snipe. However, visitors are advised to stay on the track provided for walk and not disturb the species around.
The Tullamore D.E.W Heritage Centre:
This is the origin of the infamous Tullamore Dew and Irish Mist Liqueur. The distillery was established in 1829 and managed by Daniel E. Williams for over 30 years. This later went out to become Ireland’s most successful and famous distilleries. Today, it has become a visitor centre to learn the heritage of Irish whiskey making. The tour is accompanied by dramatic lighting, audio and visual elements with original footage of Daniel E. Williams’ humble beginnings. However, at the end of the tour, every visitor gets to enjoy a similar D.E.W whiskey with 3 different whiskeys.
The county has a number of recreation centre in close proximity. You can choose to go for indoor swimming or smooth kayaking in the canal or horse riding or join shooting clubs and many more. With its rich history and natural beauty, this has become a must-visit place in Ireland. As the county is often visited by tourists, finding accommodation in Offaly is fairly easy. From affordable hotels to luxury hotels, the county can cater to every need.