9 Great Family Walks in Carlow

Are you looking to get the kids outdoors and active in Carlow? Here’s our pick of 9 Great Family Walks in Carlow.

#1. Altamont Gardens

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.

#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.

#3. Huntington Gardens

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.

#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.  There are magnificent views of the surrounding lowlands, Mount Leinster on a good day. There is a picnic site and a car park.

#5. The Barrow Way

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 Co. Carlow.

#6. Browneshill Dolmen

Visit Browneshill Dolmen, a granite portal dolmen, which 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.

#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.

#9. Delta Sensory Gardens

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.

Related : Top Ten Things to do with Kids in Carlow & Best Outdoor Spots in Carlow

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.