Home to some of Ireland’s key national walking routes – The South Leinster and the Wicklow Ways - the county is blessed with hundreds of miles of excellent and varied walking.
There are few locations which 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 Co. Carlow. Colour coded circular walkways of varying length with excellent accessible surfaces and easy gradients make a visit here an enjoyable experience for young and old alike.
The serene and tranquil woodland trails of Rath offer gentle walks for all ages from a short leisurely wheelchair accessible path to the longer looped Molloy Walk. Rathwood offers a sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insect species within its 185 acre boundaries. It is home to red deer, rabbits, mink, foxes, pheasants and dragonflies among others. The forest contains a great variety of tree species including beech, oak, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, birch, Douglas fir and alder. Take a pleasant stroll through the natural beauty of Rathwood and discover a landscape rich in geology, archaeology and wild life.
The South Leinster Way is a long distance walking route which runs from Kildavin, Co. Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary covering 102 kilometers (64 miles) in length and ascending 1600 metres. The predominant features in the landscape are Mount Leinster, Brandon Hill and the river valleys of the Barrow, Nore and Suir. This stretch can be comfortably walked in five days but strong walkers can finish it in three days. For more information, please click here.
The route covers distance of 132 km in length commencing in Marlay Park, Dublin and finishes in the beautiful village of Clonegal located in the River Slaney valley in the east of the county. The route provides great variety of landscape and many areas of historical interest along the way.
Noted for its rich wildlife including red deer, sikla deers, hares, foxes, squirrels and more rarely badgers. Call to Osborne’s in the village of Clonegal where you can collect your own personalised Wicklow Way certificate for completion of the route!