Many of Kildare’s highlights are located near to Athy, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. The Stradbally Steam Museum and the Stradbally Narrow Gauge Steam Train are amongst the many interesting place to visit here. Two other interesting attractions within a short distance of Athy are the Rock of Dunamase and the Carlow Golf Club.
Athy has plenty of museums, exhibits and show venues within easy reach that allow visitors to really get a feel for the area. Stroll around the exhibits and savor the quiet atmosphere of the Irish National Stud and the Carlow County Museum in Carlow. Experience some of the spectacular theater, dance and music performances at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow.
Whether you’re an amateur or a budding pro, you’ll love the Heath Golf Club in Portlaoise. Grab your favourite driver and tee off.
Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow is a great place to catch a game of Gaelic football, and to see local favorites, the Carlow GAA, in action. To endear yourself with the locals, be sure to wear red, green and gold, the colors of the Carlow GAA.
To really get to know this fascinating part of the world, think about booking a room at one of the area’s charming bed and breakfast or hotel options. Check out the rooms and rates at the Talbot Hotel, Carlow, the Clanard Court, or the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.