Irish Working Sheepdog Demonstrations

Sheepdog DemonstrationsBased outside the village of Ballymore Eustace under the beautiful Wicklow mountains.We offer sheepdog demonstrations on our home farm to day trippers tourist bus tours corporate groups and team building an  informative fun experience.We also demonstrate in Glendalough and Russborough house. Booking is essential.We are also mobile and can demonstrate at your own venue .

The historical site at Russborough Country House is a wonderful location to experience a taste of Irish life and heritage. Overlooking some of the most stunning views in Ireland, our hard working sheepdogs will leave you feeling enchanted. There is a variety of fun for friends and family! See if you can whistle and command the dogs or simply sit back, relax and enjoy as Michael and his sheepdogs do their work with the sheep.

Irish Working Sheepdogs provide the perfect way to spend a day out. Whether it's with family and friends or as part of a tour group, we guarantee an experience to remember. To enquire about our sheepdog demonstrations or training sessions at Russborough house, simply fill in the booking form and we'll let you know about availability and cost by return.

Contact us

Ballymore Eustace,
Co. Kildare,

Michael: (087) 8141391


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The Grand Canal Blueways Walking Routes

The Blueways Walking Routes

Have a look at the Blueways website for interactive maps for Kildare and the rest of the country. A network of stunning trails running on and alongside Ireland's most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers. Taking you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscapes. As you meander through inspiring, picturesque vistas, soak in the charming rural atmosphere and explore life at a different pace.


The Barrow Way Walking Routes

Here the Barrow Way is divided up into six sections, ranging in length from 23 kilometres to 6 kilometres. ( Photo taken from )

Why not go and enjoy this scenic route into the heart of rural Ireland by canoe, bike or on foot. Connect with friends and family as you escape to unique natural environments.

Explore The Barrow Way Website

A comprehensive website with map and walking route details it also features activities and attractions and much more.

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Towpath Trails Online Booklet

For more information on the Barrow Way other walking routes have a look at the Towpath Trails Booklet online. It gives information on The Royal Canal, The Grand Canal and The Barrow Line. A beautifully illustrated book which gives you the km/ miles for each trail so you can choose one that suits you best.


The Royal Canal Greenway Walking Routes

The Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal Greenway is a walking route which starts from Maynooth and stretches as far as Enfield and beyond. It is a route along the canal and so is easy to access. There is lots to do along the route and plenty of nearby attractions.

Discover the Royal Canal Greenway, a 130km scenic walking and cycling route.

Click on the link below to bring you to the intokildare website for a printable map and more information

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Other Outdoor Activities



Donore, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 45 860 200
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...


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...


Palmerstown House, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 45 891 100

Located in the scenic Palmerstown House Estate, 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 here...




  • 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.


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?


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.

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'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.


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.


Athy Rowing and Canoeing

Monasterevin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 85 139 3478



Celbridge Paddlers Canoe Club

Aylmer Bridge, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 234 4 276



Kilcock Canoe Polo Club

Kilcock, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 87 645 0544





Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Barnahll, Leixlip, Co. Kildare



Horses, Stud Farms, Racing and more.

National Stud 6

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.

Mares & Foals in the Irish National Stud

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.

Punchestown Festival 2015

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.


Naas Racecourse logo

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.


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.

Playing golf. Club and ball on tee


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.



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


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


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




Athy Golf Club, Athy

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

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

00 353 1 505 2000
Castlewarden Golf Club, Straffan

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

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

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

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

00 353 45 531 400
Golf Vacations Ireland, Leixlip

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

00 353 45 973 1021
Killeen Golf Club, Kill

00 353 45 866 003
Knockanally Golf Club, Donadea

00 353 45 869 671
Millicent Golf Club, Clane

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

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

00 353 45 874 644
Newbridge Golf Club, Newbridge

00 353 45 486 110
Palmerstown Stud Golf Club, Johnstown

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

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

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

00 353 1 601 7200
Woodlands Golf Club, Coill Dubh

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.





Adventure Centres


Lougharbour, Athy, Co. Kildare

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


Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

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


Clane, Co. Kildare

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



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!

Crane on the Liffey Kildare

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.


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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