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North Offaly One Day Tour

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Tullamore, Offaly, Republic of Ireland

The starting point of this tour is Tullamore, which is on the N80 and N52 routes.

The starting point of this tour is Tullamore, which is on the N80 and N52 routes.

Tullamore is the county town and is situated in the centre of the county. It is a vibrant, progressive town and is recognised as a major shopping centre for the midlands. It is an ideal location from which to tour the surrounding area and is within easy reach of the major towns of the midlands, Athlone, Mullingar and Portlaoise. It is the home of Irish Mist Liquor and Tullamore Dew, a fine whiskey. The Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre charts the growth and development of the town, tracing the part the part the whiskey industry played in that development.

The Grand Canal is a valuable and attractive amenity to the town. The canal reached Tullamore in 1798. The heritage centre exhibition illuminates the development of the canal and its impact on the growth of Tullamore in the 19th Century and early 20th Century. About a mile to the south of the town is Charleville Forest. Charleville Castle is the finest and most spectacular early 19th Century, gothic revival building in Ireland. A majestic oak tree in the grounds is the oldest in the country.