County Offaly is centrally located
in Ireland, bordered in the south-east by the Slieve Bloom mountains while, in the west, the River Shannon separates it from counties Galway and Roscommon.
Offaly has many places of interest and visitor attractions. Birr Castle has a giant telescope which formerly was the largest in the world. The castle is still the residence of the Earl and Countess of Ross and although the house itself is not open to the public, the gardens and the parklands that surround it are.
County Offaly also possesses Leap Castle and Kinnitty Castle.
One of the largest monastic sites in Ireland - Clonmacnoise - is located in County Offaly and it is here that the last high King of Ireland, Rory O'Connor was buried.
Another visitor attraction in the county town of Tullamore is the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre. The exhibition there tells the story of the town's development, focusing on the Grand Canal, Tullamore Dew Whiskey and Irish Mist Liqueur. At the end of the tour, enjoy a complimentary tasting of one of these drinks.
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