The Meetings of the Waters
Where the Avonmore and Avonbeg meet amidst glittering waters and quiet woodlands, an area made famous worldwide by Thomas Moore’s melody “Sweet Vale of Avoca”
The house, in private ownership, is a curious mixture of castellation and Gothic. It was designed by Richard Morrison, a pupil of James Gandon. James Gandon designed some of the most stunning Georgian buildings in Dublin, including the Four Courts and the Custom House on the river Liffey.
The Mottee Stone
A legacy of the ice age, this huge granite rock offers the most amazing views of the county. Iron rungs make it possible to climb to the top of the stone and on a clear day it’s sometimes possible to see the distant outline of Wales.
The village of Avoca is known worldwide, between the mines, the writings of Thomas Moore, Avoca Handweavers and most recently the BBC film “Ballykissangel”. Avoca Handweavers built around 1723 is one of the oldest hand weaving mills in the country.
The Copper Mines
Bell Rock marks the entrance to the mines. Copper and sulphur have been mined in Avoca since the Bronze Age. However, the main commercial activities began over 250 year ago, but the 1840’s were the boom years with over 1000 men employed in the industry. The chimney stacks of the great pumping stations can still be seen scattered throughout the valley. Gold was discovered in 1796… now there’s a great conversation to follow up in the pub.
There are several different trips that you can do starting out from Catriona’s house and she will be happy to give you advice about them.