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Moongate Location, Tomduff, County Carlow, South East Ireland

If your search for "authentic" Ireland has thus far eluded you, you'll find it in Moongate's stunning location. Stone walls, sheep, rolling mist, the cry of a buzzard, the ever-changing light and cloud shadow moving on the hills. Simply put, Ireland at its best.

The view from the nearby Ninestones, Tom Duff, Co Carlow. Photo by James Burke ARPS

Moongate is located on the flank of Mount Leinster, the second highest mountain in Ireland, in one of the most visually stunning parts of the country. It benefits from this magnificent elevated position with breathtaking views over the dreamy, rambling countryside. The house itself lies between Bagenalstown "Muinebheag" and the quaint Georgian village of Borris which provide local amenities and services, along with peerless traditional Irish pubs such as Joyces, Daltons and O'Sheas. Borris pubs often host traditional music at weekends.

It is easy to forget that Moongate is a mere 20 mile drive away from the medieval city of Kilkenny and is within an easy drive from Counties Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary  - each with their own charms and attractions. If you are taking it easy, there are romantic and sedate country walks to be enjoyed just moments from the door. (See some local places to visit here)

Distances: Dublin 75 miles, Medieval City of Kilkenny 20 miles, Waterford Airport 30 miles, Rosslare sea and ferry port 40 miles.

M9 Motoway link - we are near to Junction 6 on the new M9 Motorway (Dublin to Waterford). click for map

Scroll down for more directions, map etc. Once on Tomduff hill, Moongate is situated nearly a quarter of a mile on the left, pull into the courtyard at the end of the property. If you're hiring a car, check you have a roadmap of Ireland. Any problems on route please call Moongate on (UK) +00447956509028

You may also contact us by email at or phone: UK TEL: +0044 7947 456339

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Please note that the new M9 Motorway is now open. Our nearest junction is Junction 6 from Dublin direction or Junction 7 if coming from Kilkenny / Waterford. Make for Bagenalstown and see below for local directions.

From Kilkenny Direction: If coming from Kilkenny direction on the N9, go through Paulstown and turn right (approx. 2 minutes/2 miles along the N9) for Bagenalstown.

From Bagenalstown: Go straight into the town, immediately after petrol station on the right, turn right at the cross roads (signposted Borris) past the small petrol station. Continue straight for 1/4 mile taking your first left, signposted Corries Cross. From here you should follow the course of the road for 7.8 miles (Remember check the odometer) around 7.8 miles start looking for a left turn signed to Mount Leinster/Ninestones/TV mast. (This road is narrow and climbs towards to top of Mount Leinster. You should be able to see the TV transmitter as you climb).

The view of Mt Leinster from TomDuff. Photo by James Burke

The view of Mt Leinster from Tomduff. Climb the hill from Moongate and look to your right when you reach the cattle grid.
Photo by James Burke ARPS

click here for local places of interest

"It is an Ireland I thought had disappeared" Harpers & Queen