A good walk is sometimes all you need to clear your head and soak up all the natural beauty we’ve been blessed with here in Co Kildare.
Whether it’s a walk in the forest or a trek down Ireland’s most famous bog, here are our current favourite trails in Kildare.
1. Donadea Forest Park Nature Walk
Donadea Forest is a gorgeous place for a day out, with an abundance of wildlife and scenic walking trails that all the family will enjoy.
The nature walk at Donadea is an easy 2.3km, which will take about an hour.
Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want to capture everything!
2. The Bog of Allen
Ireland’s most famous peatland, The Bog of Allen is one of the top tourist attractions in Kildare. Shake off the cobwebs with a stroll around and absorb what life must have been like for locals all those years ago.
It’s a truly breathtaking experience.
3. The Grand Canal Way, Hazelhatch to Sallins
The Canal Bank alternative Slí is 2km in length and begins at Shaw Bridge. From the banks of the canal there is a good view of St Coca’s Church built in 1867 as well as the Presentation Convent circa 1880.
The route follows the bank for 1km to Allen Bridge and returns back to the starting point after a pleasant waterside ramble.
Kilcock is just north of County Kildare on the border with County Meath and has some beautiful scenery and an abundance of walking trails.
The Kilcock Slí is 5.5km and starts at the Fairgreen near the entrance to the railway station car park. Before starting the walk, take time to notice market cross, base dated 1640 and the remains of the military barracks.
Kilcock is unique in the general area as it boasts one of the few surviving market-places and fair-greens in the mid Leinster region so worth a visit.
Athy is a market town on the River Barrow in south-west Kildare and has official status as a Heritage Town of Ireland. There’s no shortage of beauty or scenic treks here.
There are three heritage trails laid out along green (1.6km), red (1.8km) and blue (3km) routes which make for a lovely Sunday avo stroll and not too strenuous for the kids.
A walk around the town itself is a treat and there are lots of interesting buildings and bridges to admire along the way.