The Barrow Way

“The River Barrow was made navigable in the 18th century by the insertion of short sections fo canal along its course with a towpath constructed to allow horses pull barges and goods. A commercial waterway until the early 1960s, the towpath is now used purely for leisure purposes”. (South Carlow Adventure Trial)

The Barrow Way is 100 km long and it follows surviving towpaths and riverside roads from the canal hamlet of Lowtown in County Kildare to the beautiful monastic site and village of St Mullins in south County Carlow.

It is a peaceful route through a quiet sylvan landscape, with the constantly expanding river, growing more majestic every mile, for company. Terrain consists mainly of grassy towpaths, tracks and quiet roads.

Clogrennane Wood Looped Walk near Carlow Town.

Clogrennane Wood near Carlow Town offers the user a gentle sloping 4km walk on forest roads with magnificent views of Carlow Town and the River Barrow on a clear day. The area is an old wood and has had forestry cover present since the 1800’s. The predominant tree species in Clogrennane are beech, spruce, larch and oak with vegetation consistent with that of an old woodland – bluebells, ferns, wild garlic and herb rocket.

Royal Oak Distillery

The Royal Oak Distillery is a world class distillery producing hand crafted Irish whiskey, proudly located on an 18th century estate in Ireland’s Ancient East region. Visitors can experience a revival of historic tradition as well as forging ahead with innovation in a fully guided, multi-sensory tour of one of Ireland’s largest operational whiskey distilleries: see first-hand how all three styles of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain – are created! The Royal Oak Distillery is unique in being the first to distil all 3 types of whiskey under one roof.

Kilkenny Castle

One of the most recognisable – and most visited – buildings in Ireland. It was founded in Medieval times, but its most significant moments have been played out during more recent history.

Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven

Retail Excellence Ireland Garden Centre of the Year 2017, Company of the Year 2016 and Store Of The Year 2015. Arboretum is a guaranteed 5 Star gardening and lifestyle experience. Spread across 10 acres with an award winning restaurant, fashion outlet, home accessories range, gardening centre, pet zone & kitchen store, a visit to Arboretum is a day out in itself. Children are also catered for with a dedicated childrens menu, a kid zone in the restaurant, maze, playground plus inspirational gardens & pond to see the Koi explore the fun for yourself!
Opening hours 9am to 6pm weekdays, late night opening Thursday nights till 8pm, 9am to 6pm on bank holidays 11am to 6pm on Sundays. Admission is free. Bus tours welcome. Tour bookings available. Contact 059 9721558.

Altamount Gardens

Widely respected as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown. Enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walk, Altamont Gardens covering over 40 acres. Mature trees, both natives in the avenues and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens including Deodar Cedar, Swamp Cypress, Red Oak and Giant Redwood. A fascinating walk through the gardens with beautiful blossom flowers and trees, ancient oaks and huge stone outcrops is a great experience at any time of year.

Rathwood Gardens, Restaurant & Forest  walk

Rathwood is a Multi-Award winning exclusive centre. The perfect location to create the home and garden of your dreams or enjoy the freedom of the countryside. With so much to offer there’s something for everyone here! Also visit!
Rathwood is a family run exclusive Centre located in Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow Ireland. Rathwood is the perfect place to stop and visit if you are in the area. We offer the very best in Furniture – including beautifully Crafted Halo Furniture store, Homewares, Fashion, Gifts, Garden Centre, Food, Birds of prey & Falconary Ireland and Activities for the whole family, and much more. So make a day of it in Rathwood!