Visit charming Athy in County Kildare and explore old stone castles, relaxing walking trails, and beautiful manors.
Athy is one of two heritage towns in Kildare and developed into a market town thanks to the canal and river network – it is here the River Barrow meets the Athy branch of the Grand Canal. Athy is known internationally for hosting the Shackleton Autumn School in tribute to the great explorer, Ernest Shackleton, who was born at nearby Kilkea and in fact it is home to the only permanent exhibition dedicated to the explorer.
Discover the history of the Quakers in Kildare with a visit to Ballitore and Burtown House & Gardens, or take a cruise along the River to see the town from a different angle. Explore ancient heritage sites sprinkled throughout the area such as Kilkea Castle and Whites Castle, which hail from the times of the Normans and Fitzgeralds (the Earls of Kildare), while the 12th century Moate of Ardscull is infamous for legends of the “little people”.
In light of Covid-19 restrictions, numerous events and activities in Kildare may have been postponed or cancelled and a lot businesses and venues may be temporarily closed. We recommend you to check with relevant businesses and/or venues for latest updates.
Stunning boat tours on The Barrow & Grand Canal with majestic views and breath taking features.
Mouth watering menus prepared by top chefs, served in a stylish and relaxed setting by a team who really cares.
Award-winning B&B located in an area of rural beauty on a working farm.
Enjoy an afternoon stroll, a day out or even a restful week’s holiday exploring Ireland’s loveliest river, with something of interest at every turn on this 200-year-old towpath.
Cosy self-catering accommodation in a restored courtyard, part of the famed and magnificent Belan House Estate.
Traditional Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the beautiful and unspoilt region of Ballitore quaker Village.
Bray House is a charming 19th century farmhouse set on the fertile farmlands of Kildare, 1 hour’s drive from Dublin.
Burtown House in Co. Kildare is an early Georgian House near Athy, with a charming 10 acre garden open to the public.
4 Star Hotel with luxurious accommodation, an excellent location and warm and friendly staff.
A hidden gem selling huge array of handmade gift items from potters, artists and craftsmen. Onsite cafe and deli.
Spanning South County Kildare, discover a host of sites linked to the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton.
A fully serviced caravan and camping Park located on a picturesque family farm.
A purpose built 4-star Bed & Breakfast set in the heart of some of the most picturesque landscape in Ireland.
Luxury accommodation in one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland dating back to 1180.
Kilkea Castle is home to not only one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland but also a championship-level golf course.
A home from home, Kilkea Lodge Farm is a great B&B for a relaxing break in the surrounding countryside.
Moate Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a 250-year-old Georgian farmhouse in the Kildare countryside.
Museum housing the only permanent exhibition in the world devoted to Ernest Shackleton, the great polar explorer.
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