The beautiful contestants of the Rose of Tralee toured the Thoroughbred County this week and hit all the hot spots in Kildare.

Hosted by Kildare Failte, the ladies visited local favourites like the National Stud, Taste of Kildare, Kildare Farm Foods and Athy Boat Tours.

The Kildare Rose of Tralee Tour commenced with a welcome reception in Burtown House on Monday before their Ernest Shackleton-themed outdoor adventure around the town, celebrating the county’s great explorer.

Tuesday saw the Roses stopping off at Celbridge, the Kildare Round Tower, Solas Bhride, the K Club and Kildare Village.

In an action-packed day, turf cutting, brown bread making and Sean Nós dancing were on the agenda at Lullymore Heritage Park, one of the top family attractions in Ireland, as well as a trip to sample the delights of the legendary K Club, which will host the Taste of Kildare event.

Roses celebrated the life of Arthur Guinness in Celbridge, learned to make St Brigid’s crosses at Solas Bhride and experienced a Mondello racing car on their journey to Kildare Village.