Go Exploring! 9 Great Family-Friendly Walks in Carlow

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

October 20, 2018

Huntington Castle and Gardens in Carlow

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Are you looking to get the kids outdoors and active in Carlow? Here’s our pick of 9 great family-friendly walks in Carlow that are perfect for exploring, adventure and plenty of fresh air.

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Pack up a picnic and head off for a day of adventure in Carlow with one of these great walks. From manicured gardens to woodland trails, there are plenty of options and opportunities for fun!

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Wonderful Walks in Carlow

#1. Altamont Gardens

Altamont Gardens - Mykidstime

Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with lovely lawns, floral beds and beautiful woodland going down to the River Slaney. There are toilets, picnic tables, car & coach parking but restricted wheelchair access.

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#2. Oak Forest Park

Oak Park Forest Park consists of colour-coded circular walkways of varying lengths with excellent surfaces and easy gradients make a visit here an enjoyable experience for young and old alike. The park is a mature, mixed woodland of over 120 acres with Beech, Oak, Scots Pine, Silver Fir, Larch and Sycamore.

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#3. Huntington Gardens

Huntington Castle and Gardens

Image: Huntington Castle and Gardens, Carlow

The Castle and grounds of Huntington Gardens are generally only open to the public during the summer months, unless there’s an event taking place. Visitors can choose to visit the house and gardens, or gardens only.

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#4. Kilbrannish Forest

Kilbrannish Forest Recreation Area offers many walks on forest roads, two of which are national looped walks. The South Leinster Way also has part of its route in this forest.

Walks in Kilbrannish Forest offer magnificent views of the surrounding lowlands, all the way to Mount Leinster on a good day. There is a picnic site and a car park.

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#5. The Barrow Way

Clashganny Lock

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The Barrow Way follows the towpath, paths and tracks along the River Barrow. It is 114km long and stretches from Lowtown, County Kildare to the beautiful village of St Mullins in south County Carlow.

#6. Browneshill Dolmen

Browneshill Dolmen, a granite portal dolmen, is located to the east of Carlow town dating back to pre-historic times. It is said to be the largest dolmen in Europe and is estimated to weigh up to 150 tonnes. There is a carpark and fenced walk way. Access is free.

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#7. Carlow Town Walk

Carlow Town Walk allows you discover the history of Carlow in a one hour self-guided tour using finger signposts and large map boards.

#8. Slí na Sláinte Walks

Slí na Sláinte walks include ones in Ballymurphy, Clonegal, Leighlinbridge, Rathanna, St. Mullins and Carlow Town itself.

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#9. Delta Sensory Gardens

Delta Sensory Gardens

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Delta Sensory Gardens consist of a series of interconnecting multi-sensory gardens which cover 2.5 acres. You can wander through the formal and informal gardens, watching fountains and waterfalls, enjoying herbs, plants and flowers and looking at fish or sculptures.

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Do you have a favourite family walk in Carlow? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: October 20th, 2018 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: February 25th, 2023 / Tags: , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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