Ballon has a rich history of stonemasonry, one of Ireland’s oldest crafts, whilst Ballon Hill provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Historians believe that Ballon Hill was the burial place of the King of Ireland, Cathair Mor, in 177 AD. Ancient burial grounds are very common in the Ballon area.
Within a short distance of the village is Altamont Gardens. Set in a small but uniquely beautiful estate, the gardens at Altamont are one of County Carlow’s premier tourist attractions and touted as the ‘most romantic gardens in Ireland’.
Ballon is in a central location for touring the rolling Carlow countryside and nearby Kilkenny. The village is also within 45 minutes of the Wexford coast. For the scenic lovers the Blackstairs and Wicklow mountains are nearby.