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”.
Stunning boat tours on The Barrow & Grand Canal with majestic views and breath taking features.
Enjoy Peddle Boats, Water Zorbs, Bungee Trampoline, Kids Party Boats along the Grand Canal in Athy. Spend a memorable day out with some fun activities on the water adjacent to […]
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.
Kildare’s Blueway Art Studio is a hub for art workshops and art projects that harness the energy of creativity, traditional skills, and Ireland’s compelling stories for the benefit and enjoyment […]
Bray House is a charming 19th century farmhouse set on the fertile farmlands of Kildare, 1 hour’s drive from Dublin.
Restaurant based in the 200 year old traditional Irish Pub, Moone High Cross Inn for a cosy and inviting food and drink experience.
Burtown House in Co. Kildare is an early Georgian House near Athy, with a charming 10 acre garden open to the public.
4-star family run 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.
Get Ready. Get Steady. And… Go! Follow the picture clues around Athy.
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.
Moate Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a 250-year-old Georgian farmhouse in the Kildare countryside.
Adjoining Kilkea Castle, Mullaghreelan Wood is a picturesque old woodland estate that offers the visitor a very unique forest experience.
A unique dining experience, Restaurant 1180 is a fine dining experience nestled in the private dining room in the 12th Century Castle of Kilkea Castle. This exquisite restaurant overlooks the […]
Museum housing the only permanent exhibition in the world devoted to Ernest Shackleton, the great polar explorer.
In Square we specialise in local micro roast coffee with coffee bars in Kildare Town, Athy and Portlaoise. Square was established in 2017 with our aim to serve the best, […]