Rathangan is a small town on the edge of the Bog of Allen, located about 9 miles from Kildare Town. The town gets its name from the Rath of Iomghain (c. 600AD) which sits just outside the town on the Offaly border. The Rath is approximately 55 metres in diameter, 13 metres from base to summit is encircled by a large ditch which is about 230 meters in circumference. The survival of the Rath illustrates the continuity of human settlement in Rathangan for well over 1000 years. Rathangan has both The Grand Canal and the Slate River running through it and so is a popular town for fishing and walkers alike.
Things to see and do in Rathangan
- Explore the beautiful Killinthomas Woods, home of the BlueBells & Buskers Festival each year in May
- Take a relaxing walk along the bank of the Grand Canal, or for the more energetic, hike the towpath to Monasterevin
- Learn about the Bog of Allen and have a great family day out at Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park and the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.
Places to eat
Darchini Restaurant, Bridge Street.
Tel: 00 353 45 528 798
How to get to Rathangan