5 Gems in Kildare you won’t find in a Guide book

Whether it’s hidden gems like woodlands, historic ruins and ancient houses that lurk off the beaten track, some of the most memorable and unique travel moments can be found when you veer away from the guidebooks.

‘Unexplored Paths lead to Undiscovered Treasures’…

 There’s a certain excitement to finding experiences that feel more authentic or undiscovered by travellers. Whether it’s hidden gems like woodlands, historic ruins and ancient houses that lurk off the beaten track, some of the most memorable and unique travel moments can be found when you veer away from the guidebooks. Here Into Kildare reveals its top 5 Hidden Gems in the County:

Kilinthomas Woods

 

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With 10km of signposted walks, this is one of the few yet to be discovered areas of outstanding natural beauty in Co Kildare. The wood has a mixed hardwood conifer forest with very diverse flora and fauna, and is a great place to visit. You can go for a short or a longer walk, the paths will always get you back to the carpark.

 

Ballynafagh Church

 

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Just north of the Village of Prosperous in the Ballynafagh Townland lie the ruins of two churches. The larger is the former RC church of Ballynafagh built in the 1830’s and was maintained until the 20th century but then fell into disuse and was eventually de-roofed in 1985. The smaller ruins are the scant remains of the original medieval church which sit on a mound at the South-East corner of the larger church. Both are contained in a rectangular walled enclosure which is located surprisingly like an island in a field of wheat.

 

 

The Wonderful Barn Lexlip

 

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The Wonderful Barn is a distinctive, corkscrew-shaped building just outside Lexlip village. Dating back to 1743, with external stairs winding around its surface, the building is believed to have originally been a grain store and is a joy to behold!

 

 

Burton House and Gardens

 

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Burtown House is one of two 17th century houses in Kildare to never have been sold and the only house that you can visit and have guided tours by family members. Surrounded by flower gardens, vegetable patches, parklands and woodland walks, Burtown House also boasts a series of secret gardens and a café, making it ideal for a wander with the whole family.

 

 

Donadea Castle

 

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Find the remains of Donadea Castle and walled gardens that have been reclaimed by nature. See the church and tower built by the Aylmer family and the home that was inhabited until the last of the family died in 1935. The 5km long Aylmer Loop brings you across streams and through native broadleaf woods. See marine life all around you on a walk around the lake and see squirrels and birds in the trees on the nature trail. After your walk, relax with a hot drink and tasty snack in the café in the forest park.

 

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