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Donore, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 45 860 200
Email: info@mondellopark.ie
GPS: 53° 15’ 21″ N, 6° 44’ 34″ W

Mondello International Race Circuit

Mondello, open since 1968 is located just outside Naas, Co. Kildare and is Ireland’s only FIA Licenced Motor Racing Circuit. The race park has two circuit options for Race Events, the National rack and the International Track. Visitors to Mondello International Race Circuit also have the opportunity to try other track formats such as a separate Rallycross layout for Driving Experiences and Track Days.

There is also a museum on site to keep visitors occupied. The Mondello Park museum houses iconic F1 cars,  Indy cars, thundering NASCAR racers and many more rare and wonderful cars. Why not go and take a tour!

Find out about Mondello Park here…

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The Gordon Bennett Route

A scenic and historic route which can be driven at any time of year, the Gordon Bennett Route is a popular tourist attraction.  It follows the original course of the The Gordon Bennett Cup Race that took place in 1903 through Laois, Kildare and Carlow.

Today drivers can follow this route by use of an interactive map or by taking part in the commemorative classic car rally that takes place each summer.

Find out about The Gordon Bennett Route here…

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Palmerstown House, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 45 891 100
Email: bookings@offroaddriving.ie

 

OffRoadDriving.ie

Located in the scenic Palmerstown House Estate, Offroaddriving.ie provide the experience of driving an off road 4×4 vehicle through really extreme terrain.  Visitors can manoeuvre through natural obstructions such as rivers, mud runs, steep assents, enormous pot holes and gravity defying drops. An off road driving instructor accompanies each vehicle around the course which is essential as some of the obstacles are quite daunting the first time round.

Behind the wheel of these resilient modified Land Rovers is a real blast. It is a real adrenaline rush and should be on everyones bucket list.

Find out about Offroaddriving.ie here…

 

Markets

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  • Truli Scrumptious Craft & Food Fair
    When: 1st Sunday of each month, 11am – 5pm
    Where: GAA Club, Clane.
  • Naas Farmers Market
    When: Every Saturday, 10am – 3pm (Craft on 1st Saturday of every month)
    Where: Trax Brassiere, Friary Lane, Naas.

There are many markets in each week in towns all around Kildare.  We have included all we know about below, please let us know if there are more!

  • Kildare Town General Market
    When: Every Thursday, 8am – 2pm
    Where: Market Square, Kildare Town.
  • Athy General Market
    When: Every Tuesday, 8am – 2pm
    Where: Emily Square, Athy.
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Water Activities

Barge Trips

Kildare has many miles of canals and what better way to experience the county’s beautiful landscape than to take a barge trip on its tranquil waterways?

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Rent My Barge
Donadea, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 296 7112.

Based at Lock 15, Kilcock, RentmyBarge offers the chance to rent, Anam Cara, a family owned barge for hire. For a unique holiday experience with very little boating experience required, the chance to skipper your own barge promises unique and memorable holiday for people with all and any interests.

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BargeTrip.ie
Sallins, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 646 5465.

Why not experience over 250 years of history in just an hour or two by taking one of Bargetrip.ie’s three scheduled canal cruises?  Visitors can relax while listening to stories of Great Famine escapes and Landed Gentry or just sit at the helm with a drink while soaking up the tranquil Kildare countryside.

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Athy Boat Tours
Athy, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 433 5350.

Based in the South of the county, Athy Boat Tours offer many different options to suit every one. Their cruises, which are from one to five hours long run over the Grand Canal and the Barrow Line. All situations are catered for such as corporate events, parties and meetings.

 

 

Canoe & Polo Clubs

For those who like to enjoy the canals in a more energetic fashion, there’s always canoeing! Kildare has a good supply of canoe clubs and there is even a water polo club in Kilcock, in the north of the county.

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Athy Rowing and Canoeing

Monasterevin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 85 139 3478
Email: athyrowingandcanoeing@gmail.com.

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Celbridge Paddlers Canoe Club

Aylmer Bridge, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 234 4 276
Email: cpaddlers@hotmail.com.

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Kilcock Canoe Polo Club

Kilcock, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 645 0544
Email: secretary@kilcockcanoepoloclub.com

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Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Barnahll, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
Email: salmonleapracing@gmail.com.

 

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Horses, Stud Farms, Racing and more.

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The Horse and Racing

The horse is synonymous with Ireland and especially County Kildare which is known as the thoroughbred County.

Kildare contains, The Irish National Stud & Gardens, three racecourses, the Curragh Plains, RACE Academy and the Bloodstock Agency.

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The Irish National Stud

Founded in 1900 by Colonel Hall Walker who believed a horse’s birth date could determine its ability on the racetrack, the Stud quickly gained a prominence and prestige it maintains to this day. Horses born and bred here have won some of the world’s greatest races and thanks to the stud’s magnificent resident stallions not to mention support from the Government and the Irish people, its influence remains as great as ever.

 

Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Curragh, Kildare 11/9/2016 A view of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Curragh Racecourse

The name “Curragh” comes from the Gaelic word Cuirreach, meaning “place of the running horse”. The first recorded race on the plain took place in 1727, but it was used for races before then. The first Irish Derby was held in 1866, and in 1868 the Curragh was officially declared a horse racing and training facility by act of parliament. It is still the premier racecourse of the Country and in 2015 it celebrated 150 years of the Derby. A new development will commence in 2017 which will transform the racecourse into a world class state of the art venue. Racing will continue at the Curragh during the development project.

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Punchestown Racecourse

Punchestown racecourse is one of three located in Co. Kildare. Punchestown in the small parish of Eadestown is the home of Irish jump racing. The first meeting in 1868 was attended by one spectator while today, the annual Hunt Festival attracts thousands of racing enthusiasts from all over the world. The racecourse is a popular venue for many types of events along with horseracing such as music and exhibitions.

 

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Naas Racecourse

Naas Racecourse has long been associated with Irish Race hosting both flat and hunt.  It is unusual as it has a left handed run-up and up hill finish.  Naas Racecourse is within easy reach of Dublin and is a popular venue with race-goers from Kildare and elsewhere.  The racecourse hold many different events including family event days, music gigs and of course, racing throughout the year.

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Race Academy: Racing Academy & Centre of Education

Race Academy evolved over 40 years to a broad-based national academy for the horse racing industry. It has become an invaluable academy for training jockeys and now includes the Irish School of Farriery. RACE has had students from more than 25 countries who come to Ireland to learn horsemanship skills.

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Golf

Kildare is somewhat of a golfers paradise with its flat landscape and many mature woodlands which offer course designers a blank canvas to develop courses. With over 20 golf courses, Kildare proudly hosts both the oldest golf club, in the Royal Curragh Golf Club and, arguably the most famous club in the country, The K Club.  In recent years there have been many major golf competitions held in Kildare such as the 2006 Ryder Cup, the 2013 Irish Open and 2016 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a listing of courses in the county.

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The Royal Curragh Golf Club

There are records of golf being played at The Curragh since 1852, and Ireland’s oldest golf club and course, The Royal Curragh was established in 1858.  The golf course is situated in a beautiful scenic location in the heart of the Curragh Plains set within rolling landscape and many mature native Irish trees dotted around the course.

Find out more about Royal Curragh Golf Club here

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Cill Dara Golf Club

Cill Dara Golf Club is a great course for both beginners and experienced golfers.  Founded in 1920, the club boasts fast greens, particuluarly in the summer months. The clubhouse at Cill Dara Golf Club is modern and comfortable with a relaxed atmosphere and tasty food under chef, Hugh Rintoul.

Find out more about Cill Dara Golf Club here

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The K Club

Arguably Ireland’s most famous golf club, The K Club has hosted many famous golf tournaments including, The Ryder Cup in 2006, and the Smurfit European Open. Set in 550 acres of idyllic Kildare countryside,  The K Club offers golfers 36 of the most exciting and dramatic holes and the promise to challenge and excite players with treacherous rough, water hazards in abundance, long greens and undulating fairways.

Find out more about The K Club here

List of Kildare Courses

Name

Website

Phone

Athy Golf Club, Athy

http://www.athygolfclub.com/

00 353 59 863 1729
Carton House, The O’ Meara Course, Maynooth

http://www.cartonhousegolf.com/

00 353 1 505 2000
Carton House, The Montgomerie Course, Maynooth

www.cartonhouse.com

00 353 1 505 2000
Castlewarden Golf Club, Straffan

www.castlewardengolfclub.com

00 353 1 458 9254
* Celbridge Elm Hall Golf Club, Celbridge

http://www.celbridgeelmhallgolfclub.ie/

00 353 1 628 8208
* Cill Dara Golf Club, Little Curragh

http://www.cilldaragolfclub.com/

00 353 45 521 295
Craddockstown Golf Club, Blessington Road, Naas

http://www.craddockstown.com/

00 353 45 897 610
Dunmurray Springs Golf Club, Dunmurray Hill, Kildare Town

http://www.dunmurrysprings.ie/

00 353 45 531 400
Golf Vacations Ireland, Leixlip

http://www.golfvacationsireland.com/

00 353 1 624 6366
Highfield Golf & Country Club, Carbury

http://www.highfield-golf.ie/

00 353 45 973 1021
Killeen Golf Club, Kill

http://www.killeengolf.com/

00 353 45 866 003
Knockanally Golf Club, Donadea

http://www.knockanally.com/

00 353 45 869 671
Millicent Golf Club, Clane

http://www.millicentgolfclub.com/

00 353 45 893 279
Moyvalley Golf Club, Balyna Estate, Maynooth

http://www.moyvalley.com/golf.html

00 353 46 954 8080
Naas Golf Club, Kerdiffstown, Naas

http://www.naasgolfclub.com/

00 353 45 874 644
Newbridge Golf Club, Newbridge

www.newbridgegolfclub.com

00 353 45 486 110
Palmerstown Stud Golf Club, Johnstown

www.palmerstownhouse.ie

00 353 45 906 901
Royal Curragh Golf Club, The Curragh

www.royalcurraghgolf.ie

00 353 45 441 238
The K Club, Palmer Ryder Cup Course, Straffan

www.kclub.ie

00 353 1 601 7200
The K Club, The Smurfit Course, Straffan

http://www.kclub.ie/

00 353 1 601 7200
Woodlands Golf Club, Coill Dubh

https://golfshot.com/GolfCourses/IE/ALL/Woodlands-Golf-Club-Droichead-Nua

00 353 0 45 860 777
 * Denotes 9 hole course  If you know of any course/club that we have missed please let us know here.

 

 

 

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Adventure Centres

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Lougharbour, Athy, Co. Kildare

Email: info@harbourhouseshooting.com
Phone: Toby – 00 353 87 2733837 / Tommy – 00 353 87 2733834

Harbour House Sports Club

Located in South Kildare between Athy and Kildare Town, and with fully wheelchair accessible ranges, Harbour House Sports & Shooting Club offer the opportunity for individuals and groups to participate in many different disciplines. The Club is open to visitors and also offers membership for those who wish to visit more often.

The disciplines that are available in a safe and controlled environment at Harbour House Sports Club are:

  • Target Rifle shooting
  • Clay Pigeon shooting
  • Target Pistol shooting
  • Archery.

So if you have ever wanted to brush up on your clay pigeon shooting game or try a new sport such as Archery (Harbour House has it’s own Archery Club), why not contact them to find out more!

Find out more about Harbour House Sports Club here

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Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Email: info@redhillsadventure.ie
Phone: 00 353 87 2481246

Red Hills Adventure

Red Hills Adventure is located just outside Kildare Town, County Kildare.  The activities offered here are suitable for many different groups such as Family Groups, Birthday Parties, Corporates Groups, Stag and Hen Parties and School Tours. Individuals are not forgotten about either with regular open skirmishes being held.

The three activities to choose from are:

  • Archery Tag (mobile, so they can come to you too)
  • Splatmaster
  • Airsoft Combat Games.
Find out more about Red Hills Adventure here

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Clane, Co. Kildare

Email:  daragh@abbeyfieldfarm.com
Phone: 00 353 86 816 4130

Abbeyfield Farm Country Pursuits

In Clane, in North County Kildare one of Ireland’s leading Outdoor Country Pursuits Centres, Abbeyfield Farm offers many different activities for all to enjoy.  This picturesque centre welcomes all groups from corporate to families and friends to come and try something new in one of their many activities.

Abbeyfield offers the below activities:

  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Air Rifle Range
  • Archery
  • Horse Trekking
  • Pony Camps
  • Horse Riding.
Find out more about Abbeyfield Farm Pursuits here
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Fishing

County Kildare has many waterways with the rivers, Barrow, Slate, Liffey & Rye to name a few and the Royal & Grand canals flowing through the county. These waterways, along with several stocked lakes make Kildare a great place for freshwater fishing and popular with fishing enthusiasts!

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Fish the Rivers

1. The River Liffey is particularly popular for fly fishing. The links below provide useful information regarding permits and also, when and where to fish the Liffey in Kildare.

2. The Enfield Blackwater is another popular fly fishing spot and has good stocks of Brown Trout. The river rises in Prosperous in the north of the county and flows north west into Co. Meath.

3. Coarse fishing takes place frequently on the River Barrow in Athy. A wide array of fish lie within The Barrow waters such as, roach, perch, rudd, bream, dace and pike. The rare shad, a herring like fish which enters the river from the sea in May, can be fished close to the village of St. Mullins.

4. The Rye River is another river in the north of Kildare and is for fly fishing only. It flows for 12 miles to Leixlip where is joins the Liffey.  The Rye is known to have some large trout and so is a popular spot.

* Please ensure to check what licenses are required before river fishing in Co. Kildare.

Canal Fishing in Kildare

The canals in Ireland are well established and so are known as having some of the best coarse fishing available in Europe.  Not only do three canals, The New Barrow Line, Royal Canal and Grand Canal, run through the county but there are some other bonuses to fishing the canals like, no licence required, easy to drive (by car) banks, free fishing, small amount of boat traffic and peaceful rural settings.

The Irish Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) have put together a comprehensive list of where the canals in Kildare are most accessible – see the article here.

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Fisheries in Kildare

  1. Lyreen Angling Centre
    Maynooth, Co. Kildare
    Tel: 00 353 1 629 3202.
  2. Curragh Springs Fishery
    The Curragh, Co. Kildare
    Tel: 00 353 87 246 2028 / 00 353 45 441 184..
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Off the Beaten Track

For those walkers who like to go it alone, this pages offers a range of walks taking in different environments.  The Kildare Town Heritage Centre advocates the use of “Leave No Trace” principles and we would encourage all walkers/cyclists to do the same:

Leave No Trace – 7 Principles

Plan ahead and prepare  |  Be considerate of others  |  Respect farm animals & wildlife  |  Travel & Camp on durable ground  |  Leave what you find  |  Dispose of waste properly  |  Minimise the effects of fire

Pollardstown Fen

Pollardstown Fen is the largest remaining spring-fed fen in Ireland. Calcereous is supplied to the Fen from around 40 springs which originate from the Curragh aquifer. The Fen began to develop 10,000 years ago when the area was covered by a large lake. Walking Pollardstown Fen is a wonderful natural experience due to its unique flora and fauna. There is a short boardwalk looped walk of the Fen of just a few kilometers and a longer walk for those walking enthusiasts.

For full details of this unusual trail go to WalkingRoutes.ie or call National Parks & Wildlife Service on +353 45 521713.

Informative leaflets of Pollardstown Fen are also available free from the Kildare Town Heritage Centre and Tourist Office.

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The Curragh of Kildare

The Irish word ‘Currach’ is usually translated as plain, a place of the running horse. The Curragh was originally known as Cuirrech Life  suggesting that it once extended as far as the Liffey. Situated between Kildare and Newbridge it is almost the only area unenclosed lowland grassland in Ireland and certainly the largest.  As it is an open plain you can walk in almost any direction. Walkers who begin early in the day will have the pleasure of seeing some of Ireland’s top thoroughbred horses riding out on the gallops and for those evening walkers, sunsets over the Curragh are some of the most magical in County Kildare.

See our Curragh page for more information on this beautiful part of the county.

Canal Walks

 

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The Royal and Grand Canals traverse County Kildare and both offer some very scenic, natural walks for people to enjoy. The Canals have been well maintained over the past number of years and so, the towpaths are accessible in most areas although, most have barriers preventing high-roofed vehicles entering so be aware of this if you arrive in a van of camper!  Although walkers can walk any part of the Canal they wish, the staff here at the Heritage Centre have a few favourite routes which we have shared with you below.

The Barrow Line at Moore Abbey

 

The Barrow Way

The River Barrow is the second longest river in Ireland at 192km. Its source is in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the midlands and it runs through the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford where it meets the sea. The Barrow Navigation is the stretch of the River Barrow between Athy in Co. Kildare and St. Mullins in Co. Carlow.  Above Athy, the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal links the Barrow Navigation to the main line of the Grand Canal at Lowtown in Co. Kildare, many interesting and tranquil walks can be found along the Grand Canal throughout Kildare.

The Barrow Way App is also available to download from Guidigo for a fee to help you along the way. For those who would like a pre-arranged itinerary to walk the Barrow Way check out, http://irelandways.com/ways/adventures/the-barrow-way.

Some useful links to the Barrow Way:

 

Woodland Walks

 

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Donadea Forest Park

Set in 640 acres of mature native Irish woodland, Donadea Forest Park is a designated National Heritage Area.  The Park is home to a diverse range of habitats, a walled stream, lake, and a beautiful Gothic style church dating to c. 1820. The Park is also home to a castle built by Sir Gerald Aylmer in 1624, rebuilt in 1773 after it was damaged in the 1641 rebellion and gothicised in 1827 by the architect Sir Richard Morrison. Unfortunately, this castle is now in ruins but can still be admired by visitors to the Park.

Donadea carpark charges €5 per car for an unlimited time and all monies go back to maintaining this wonderful amenity.  The Donadea Forest Café is open all year long, Saturday 10am – 5pm & Sunday 10am – 5:30pm and of course, it opens for those all-important school holidays to keep the kids busy!

There are a couple of well-maintained routes to choose from in Donadea shown below, or you can choose to go off-track and explore the forest!

  • The Aylmer Loop is a 6km walk, taking an est. 1hr 30mins – 2hrs at an easy pace.
  • The Lake Walk is a shorter walk suitable for almost all fitness levels at just 0.8km.

Bluebells at Killinthomas Woods

 

Killinthomas Woods

Coíllte developed this 200 acre amenity area just 1 mile outside of Rathangan village.  Killinthomas Wood is a mixed hardwood conifer forest with diverse flora and fauna. The woods are ideal for walkers with about 10 km of signposted walks and great access to a wide variety of ecosystems. In Spring and early Summer these woods are carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic. There are marked walks with picnic tables and benches dotted throughout so it is also a great place for families to visit.

It has good car parks, entrance is free and it is readily accessible for all.

 

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Guided Walking Tours

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Kildare Town Historic Guided Walking Tour

Why not take a tour of one of the oldest towns in Ireland? Taking in St. Brigid’s Monastic Site, the site of a Norman Castle, walkers will learn about three medieval Abbeys, Ireland’s first Turf Club and much much more. Discover this fascinating heritage on a guided walk around the Town, by a local historian or by yourself with the Guidigo App  by Abarta Heritage.

Advance Booking Essential

Group Tours: 15+ (tours will be adjusted to each groups requirements based on ability, time available etc.)
Bookings/Enquiries: 00 353 45 530 672 / info@kildareheritage.com

 

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Celbridge Guided Walking Tour

Celbridge Guided Walking Tours are free and lead by local guides. The tours encompass oral history, folklore, monuments, architectural heritage, flora, fauna and landscapes.

Advance Booking Essential

Group Tours: Tours will be adjusted to each groups requirements based on ability, time available etc.
Bookings/Enquiries: Facebook.com/celbridgeguidedtours / 00 353 87 963 0719 / breda.konstantin@iol.ie

Another opportunity to discover Celbridge is to download the Guidigo App for a self-guided tour of Celbridge.

 

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Athy Medieval Walls Guided Walking Tour

Athy Medieval Walls Guided Walking Tours are run from the Athy Heritage Centre. Athy, meaning literally ‘the ford of Ae’, is named after the son of a Munster King who was killed at a battle in Athy in the 2nd Century, find out about this & more on a walking tour of the town.

Advance Booking Essential

Group Tours: Tours will be adjusted to each groups requirements based on ability, time available etc.
Bookings/Enquiries: Medieval Tours Brochure / 00 353 59 863 3075 / athyheritage@eircom.net.

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Slí na Slainte Walking Routes

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Slí na Sláinte, meaning “Path to Health”, is an innovative scheme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation and supported by the HSE and the Irish Sports Council, to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk for leisure and good health.  The Slí na Sláinte Walking Routes are mapped, measured routes which use attractive signage at kilometre intervals on established walking routes to help walkers identify the distance they walk. Below is a list of Slí na Sláinte routes in County Kildare,

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