Lough Gur & Heritage Centre

ocated between Herbertstown and Bruff this tranquil Lakeland setting offers visitors a glimpse into Ireland’s rich history. After collecting you at your accommodation, we take the short journey to this idyllic woodland setting, where you can take time out to stroll the placid and picturesque lakeshore, and of course discover over 6,000 years of habitation from Neolithic house sites to medieval castles as we drop by the superb visitors centre.

Apart from the interactive displays, trained guides talk you though the areas history, folklore and archaeology. On the eastern side of the lake, is Ireland’s Largest Stone Circle, ‘The Grange’. 150 feet in diameter and enclosed by 113 standing stones, this impressive circle is made up of continuous upright stone flags, and precise orthostats, which together with its nearby embankment forms a ‘henge’. Leading archaeologists believe the sites significance was moreover ritual rather than merely symbolic. The largest stone is ‘Rannach Chruim Duibh’ (Crom Dubh’s Division) and is over 13 feet high and weighs 40 tons, and on excavation the site was also found to be littered with late Neolithic Beaker pottery, which is on display in the visitors centre.

As we pass through this rural scenery, don’t forget to ask your Chauffeur what other opportunities this great place offers before heading back to your accommodation. Nearby is the 'Old Irish Way's Museum, an intreguing collection of artifcats nostalgically depicting Irish life in the late 18th and early 19th Century. Plus, Kilmallock Museum, and Cool Water Gardens one of the most photogenic smaller gardens on the island of Ireland.