The Barrow Way walking tour follows the tow path of the Barrow River, in Ireland’s Ancient East, starting in the town of Athy in County Kildare and heading South to Graiguenamanagh and Saint Mullins Monastery.
This scenic walking route is 70km long and follows a path originally used by horses pulling barges and boats to warehouses and factories up the river. The trail takes walkers on gravel and grassy paths, crossing lush farmland, as the peaceful river meanders quietly through the countryside. The route takes you through pretty Irish towns like Athy and Carlow that will give you a taste of ‘old Ireland’. Make sure to stop in to Joyce’ bar in Borris to sample the Guinness and have a packet of our famous cheese and onion Tayto’s.
The terrain is mainly flat and easy; in addition to the lush landscapes, walkers will also enjoy a wealth of medieval sites and old industrial architecture. Located in close proximity to the river you will see grand castles, impressive abbeys, old bridges, derelict mills and lock houses, some still in use.
Dotted at regular distances, towns along the route and pretty villages such as Leighlinbridge and Graiguenamanagh offer a full range of services and facilities to walkers. This walk finishes up in the foot hills of the Blackstairs Mountains by the 7th century Monastery of St Mullins. Learn more about what the Barrow Way is in our blog.