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The Barrow Way

The River Barrow is considered one of Ireland's most scenic and picturesque inland waterways. At 192 kilometres, it is the second longest river in Ireland, behind the River Shannon. Along with the River Nore and River Suir, the Barrow is one of The Three Sisters. Passing through some of Ireland’s most scenic countryside, the Barrow is a tourist’s delight. 

The Barrow Way is 100 km long and it follows surviving towpaths and riverside roads from the canal hamlet of Lowtown in County Kildare to the beautiful monastic site and village of St Mullins in south County Carlow. It is a peaceful route through a quiet sylvan landscape, with the constantly expanding river, growing more majestic every mile, for company. Terrain consists mainly of grassy towpaths, tracks and quiet roads. 

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Clogrennane Wood Looped Walk

This gentle 1 hour uphill walk follows forestry roadways and woodland tracks through the wood bringing you to a section with magnificent views of Carlow Town and the River Barrow on a clear day. Read more...

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Killbrannish Forest Loop Walks

Killbrannish Forest Loop Walks on the Blackstairs Mountains feature two signposted trails - the Windfarm Loop is 3km in length with a good surface and uphill sections and is suitable for families with young children. The second trail is the Kilbrannish Forest Loop, 5 kilometres in length, also with a good surface underneath, taking approx. 2 hours to complete. Read more...

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Oak Park Forest Park

There are few locations that could rival the beauty and tranquillity of Oak Park Forest Park. Ideal for leisurely strolls and walks, a visit here is a relaxing and pleasurable experience and a must for any visitor to Carlow Town. This habitat shelters many wild and game birds, swans and ducks. The wooden boardwalks allow access for wheelchairs and buggies. Read more...

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