Needing to get away to a pretty great place? You’re closer than you think. And it’s actually easier than you think… because we’re planning it for you. 

For all you history buffs out there, Lorrha monastic village is a hidden gem and the destination your soul is craving… so listen up. This charming rural village has castles, ruins and abbeys galore, to name but a few. Not to mention all kinds of other amenities, something for everyone in the family! 

Dine well, stay in a traditional rural cottage, hire bikes and cycle to spectacular castles, hike the Ormond Way, take a guided tour of Lorrha, and more… it all awaits you!

Day 1

You’ll have ample accommodation options to choose from. One of which is the Lorrha holiday cottages situated right in the middle of the action! These fully equipped, self-catering cottages are cosy and comfortable, retaining that old-Irish cottage feel. A far cry from the goings-on of everyday life, these homes have lots of space to relax and unwind with your favourite person or make sure the kids are comfortable and content. Alternatively, you could stay outside the village at Old Farm Redwood or at Gurteen House, Rathcabbin. 

Why not start the holiday off right and have an active first day. Lorrha is a peddlers-paradise, so head down to Dicks Bike Hire and you’re off. To start this history-filled weekend off right, cycle to Redwood castle. This striking example of a Gaelic tower is sure to impress. 

Next, go to Lackeen castle, the 25 minute cycle will have your heart-rate thumping. You’re sure to have worked up an appetite, a picnic previously hired from Jackie at the Beehive and enjoyed by Carrigahorig waterfall will sort that right out (20 min cycle). 

Now, cycle back to the village, go home and freshen up before heading to Friars Tavern for a meal and perhaps a pint of plain – you’re on your holidays!

Day 2

Get up with the birds, greet the sunrise and seize the day! The Ormand Walk way which is part of the Beara Breifne Way passes through the village and is a great way to get those endorphins flowing. While you stretch your legs, you can feast your eyes upon some magnificent scenery. When you’ve gotten your steps in, grab a bite in one of the many foodie options nearby such as Paddy’s Bar or The Derg Inn in the lakeshore village of Terryglass.

It’s time to let someone else take care of the navigation. Take the backseat and book a guided tour, these professional guides will bring to life the history of Lorrha through tales of lake monsters, monks, murderers, high kings and vikings, saints and sinners. See the 1000-year-old Great Stone Church of Lorrha, Augustinian Priory, Dominican Priory, 750-year-old water mill, motte and bailey, bullaun stones, high crosses and holy wells. This walk-through of centuries of Lorrhas past is sure to whet the appetite of history buffs and enthusiasts alike. 

When you’re historied out, visit the local community shop, craft and tea room situated at the top of the village. This shop is entirely run by volunteers and has all kinds of handcrafted gifts on offer. Browse, have a cuppa, meet the locals… take your ease… 

Another option to do during the day (and a sure favourite for the little ones) is to visit Tearaways pet farm. They have furry friends galore, some with wings, some with legs! As well as slides, karts, tunnels and swings. 

After all of your explorations and excursions, it’s time to head home with a heart full of memories of lovely Lorrha with its freedom, fresh air, and fun. 

Side note: Other places of Historical interest within 20mins drive are Portumna Castle, Portumna Workhouse and Birr castle.