Where to Stay
Be our guest as you discover Tullamore and the Grand Canal and uncover some of the best places to recharge after a day exploring
The Grand Canal trails through Kildare past idyllic Georgian era accommodation, onwards to Offaly, where a riverside guesthouse, glamping spot and fairytale castle stay are just some of the many places you can rest your head after sightseeing. Whether you want a luxurious hotel getaway, a countryside B&B experience or camping under the starry night sky, you’ll find a host of amazing places to stay around Tullamore.
Cliff at Lyons
Perched on the banks of the Grand Canal outside the town of Celbridge in County Kildare is find a haven of rose-clad buildings, glittering fountains and walled gardens. Cliff at Lyons is a magical countryside retreat where hotel luxury meets idyllic 18th century Georgian heritage. Choose from 39 boutique suits, stone cottages and modern apartments. Pair that with an on-site spa, a selection of top-notch restaurants and gorgeous nature trails, and you're on to a winner.
Giltraps Pub Townhouse & Glamping
Situated at the foothills of the Slieve Blooms, Giltraps Townhouse & Glamping is the perfect blend of nature meets comfort in the heart of Kinnitty village in County Offaly. Townhouse stays offer modern rooms with nature-inspired décor right across from Giltrap's traditional pub, where cosy open fires, live music and great conversation are in store. For a more secluded escape, opt for a cosy log cabin or yurt stay where guests fall asleep amid nature and awaken to breakfast delivered to your door each morning. It's the perfect way to enjoy the slow pace of country life.
Tullamore Court Hotel
Mixing modern design with rustic charm, Tullamore Court Hotel presents a great combination of comfort and hospitality. Local shows and international acts take place throughout the week, meaning you're never short on entertainment. The traditional Furlong Bar bustles with guests and locals, who comes to enjoy rustic pub grub and indulgent desserts. An overnight stay offers 103 luxurious bedrooms, relaxing spa treatments and an indoor swimming pool. It's an ideal spot to recharge after a day exploring.
Harbour Master House
Overlooking the Grand Canal in the leafy surrounds of Shannon Harbour sits a 19th century family-run gem. County Offaly's Harbour Master House is a charming B&B run by owner Grainne Kirwan, who was born and bred in this Georgian home where her father, the last harbour master of the village, lived and worked. Roaring open fires warm quaintly decorated bedrooms and homemade bread and scones are served at breakfast each morning. Sitting overlooking views of the canal as cruisers and boats pass by may be the perfect way to start your day around this beautiful region.
Deep in the heart of the Slieve Bloom mountains, Kinnitty Castle is a sight to behold. A masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture, it sits on a 10,000-acre estate beneath the Slieve Blooms in County Offaly, where it's not uncommon to spy fallow deer and wild goats wandering through the woodland. Staying true to its fairytale appearance, expect suits of armour, four-poster beds and sumptuous antique furnishings. Tuck into gourmet meals by candlelight at Sli Dara Restaurant or indulge in Afternoon Tea during the day. Or for an old-world feel, dine in the Dungeon Bar and enjoy a live traditional music session.
Nestled down a tree-lined lane on the outskirts of Durrow in County Offaly lies Littlewoods B&B, just 5km from Tullamore. Hosts Lucy and Louis welcome guests into their home, which is full of beautiful antique furniture and farmhouse charm. Explore the pretty garden, watch the sheep graze in the green fields and visit the owners' on-site farm, where pygmy goats, nesting hens and ducks are found – their fresh eggs in your morning fry are the icing on the cake.
Glenregan Wild Camping
If you want to switch off, unwind and immerse yourself in nature, then opt for Glenregan Wild Camping in County Offaly. Found along the Slieve Bloom Way trail in Glenregan Valley, this flat, grassy spot on the banks of the Camcor River is the perfect place to spend a night beneath the stars. This is wilderness at its best – no wifi, no light pollution and only the sounds of birdsong and the trickling river fills the air. Pitch your tent, fire up a camping stove and enjoy life at a slower pace.