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”.