Possibly the oldest and most extensive tract of semi-natural grassland in Europe extending to 4,879 acres and the site of the film “Braveheart”, it is a popular walking spot for locals and visitors alike. With the open plains, walkers can set off in any direction and for those who enjoy an early morning ramble you can marvel at thoroughbred horses riding out on the gallops. Access from Kildare town, Newbridge or the Curragh Camp taking in the spectacular scenery, the Curragh Racecourse, flora and fauna and the Curragh Military Museum.
Donadea Forest Park
Donadea Castle and estate was the old home of the Aylmer family up until 1935. Explore the many historical features including the remains of the castle and walled gardens, St. Peter’s church, an ice house and boat house. For a leisurely stroll, enjoy one of the three looped walks taking in the lake (0.8km) or venture further around the whole park on the Aylmer Walk (5.7km). https://www.coillte.ie/site/donadea-forest-park/
Located 1 mile from Rathangan Village and with 10km of signposted walks, a carpet of bluebells and scent of wild garlic in spring/early summer, enjoy discovering this hidden gem – a fairy tale forest. All the walks are well signposted from the car park and throughout the forest. Whether you take a short walk or a longer walk, the route will always get you back to the car park. Directions.
Pollardstown Fen is the largest remaining spring-fed fen in Ireland. Less than 4km from Newbridge, there is a short boardwalk looped walk of the Fen of just a few kilometers and a longer walk for those walking enthusiasts. Pollardstown Fen is perhaps most famous for the variety of rare plant and insect species there including butterflies and orchids. Directions.
Moore Abbey Woods
On the site of the 5th century monastery founded by St Evin and less than 1km from Monasterevin, you will find three looped trails ranging from 2km to 3.5km through flora and fauna, including fields of bluebells in spring/early summer. https://www.coillte.ie/site/moore-abbey/