Crossing over the river and heading in the direction of Baltinglass, the Slaney Drive turns to the left along the R726 in the direction of Carlow. A series of minor roads leads the visitor to Tullow and offers several viewing points of the River Slaney. Along this route, at the crossroads leading to Rathmore bridge, is a large bull ring imbedded in a stone. This is a copy of the original bull ring which is over 200 years old and still imbedded in the ground under the tarmac in the middle of the crossroads. It is thought that traditionally farmers from the local area would bring their cows to the bull which could be attached to the
bull ring. Inquire locally for exact history.
The R418 leads into Tullow, a prosperous and pretty farming town located on the banks of the River Slaney. The main street holds several good bars and restaurants where the visitor can rest his feet. Tullow is the ancestral home of the Wolseley family of whom Frederick York Wolseley gave his name to the Wolseley car. Golfers can enjoy time at the excellent 18-hole Mount Wolseley Hilton Hotel and Spa or the Killering
Golf Club and Lodges. Tullow also contains many fascinating historical artifacts such as the Rathgall Stone Fort and the prehistoric burial places of Bawnoge and Haroldstown Dolmen. Amongst other attractions, Tullow is home to the Ardattin Cottage Museum (Tel 059 9155639) and Tullow Museum (Tel 087 2383515). Situated south of Tullow on the N81 are Altamount Gardens which are clearly signposted.
Delightful formal and informal gardens at Altamount House which dates to the late 17th Century. The gardens represent the achievements of successive generations of Watson and North Families. Tender lawns reach to the large, manmade lake whose perimeter walk provides ever changing vistas with rare trees, shrubs and bountiful wild life. A large wild garden with many rare shrubs lead to a dramatic ice-age glen overlooking the River Slaney walk. (Tel 059 9159444 for details on opening times.)