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Carlow Walking Festival 2021

October 15 - October 17

Friday, October 15th 2021 – Sunday, October 17th 2021

If you’re a serious rambler or just like to stretch your legs and enjoy the view, then the Carlow Autumn Walking Festival is for you!

The magnificent Blackstairs Mountains and the picturesque River Barrow form the perfect backdrop for a range of superb walks to suit all levels. Explore on foot the lush green landscape associated with Ireland’s Ancient East, immerse yourself in thousands of years of history and heritage found in abundance in County Carlow. The Carlow Autumn Walking Festival is a great opportunity for the beginner, experienced or advanced walker to enjoy the challenges of Carlow’s mountain treks or the peace of its woodland walks.

Guidelines for walkers

Choose the walk that best suits your level of fitness:

A Walk – very experienced hillwalkers
B Walk – experienced hillwalkers
C Walk – leisure / regular walkers

Walkers should be satisfied that they are fully capable of undertaking their chosen walk. If in doubt please consult the guides or organisers present. Attendees should consult the list of guidelines prior to arrival.

Carlow Walking Festival Pass

Day 1 – Friday 15th October

Walk 1 – B Walk – Night Hike


The night hike route is weather dependent and is decided on the night, a torch is essential. A great opportunity to experience the magic of walking…

Day 2 – Saturday 16th October

Walk 2 – A Walk – Scullogue Gap – SOLD OUT


An ideal location for a bracing hike, this walk takes in most of the higher peaks of the Blackstairs Mountains including Mount Leinster, Cloroge Mór, Cloroge…

Walk 3 – B Walk – Scratoes Bridge to Myshall Village


This pleasant walk includes a variety of habitats which can be enjoyed as you walk to John’s Hill and the windmills at Greenoge, passing by Croaghaun…

Walk 4 – B Walk – Walk Through Time – History and Heritage of the Blackstairs – SOLD OUT


History and heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains The Blackstairs Mountains has a fascinating historical heritage. This four – five-hour mountain walk explores its history with a…

Walk 5 – B Walk – Rathnageeragh Castle to Nine Stones


This walk commences at Rathnageeragh Castle (in ruins) before ascending Slievebawn and then descending into Tomduff. From there the walk passes through Raheenkyle and Raheendarragh before…

Walk 6 – B Walk – Blackstairs Mountain


A good introduction to the landscape of Blackstairs Mountain offering fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, from some of its main peaks. Date and Time:Saturday, 16th October,…

Walk 7 – B Walk – The Columban Way


The birthplace of Saint Columbanus, Ireland’s first great European, can be traced to Mount Leinster and Myshall Village. Follow his journey taken during the 5th and…

Day 3 – Sunday 17th October

Walk 8 – C Walk – Mindfulness Walk


Jack Byrne of Carlow Mental Health Association, leads a mindfulness walk through the beautiful Clogrennane Wood with magnificent views of Carlow and the River Barrow. Gain practical tips on positive mental attitude while appreciating the beautiful surroundings.

Walk 9 – C Walk – Photography Walk


Ever wondered how to capture stunning pictures of bird, plant and wildlife? This informative walk led by Richard Smyth LIPF introduces you to the basic principles of photography in the wild. Bring along your camera or mobile phone and enjoy the wonderful views northwards over the plains of Carlow, along this well surfaced forest path.

Walk 10 – A Walk – Nine Stones and Blackstairs Mountains


Starting from the Nine Stones you ascend Mount Leinster in a southerly direction. From the TV mast you proceed onto Knockroe before descending into Scullogue Gap.…

Walk 11 – B Walk – St Mullins


This pleasant four-to-five-hour walk takes in the stunning natural features of the South Blackstairs Mountains and the historic South Carlow area. Date and Time:Sunday, 17th October,…

Walk 12 – B Walk – Walk Through Time – History and Heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains


History and heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains The Blackstairs Mountains has a fascinating historical heritage. This four-five-hour mountain walk explores its history with a focus on…

The Carlow Autumn Walking Festival has been funded by Carlow County Council under the Festivals and Events Scheme

Fuair an tionscnamh seo fóir-dheontas ó Coiste um Fhorbairt Pobail Aituil Cheatharlach, Clár Forbartha Tuaithe atá maoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann faoi Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe Éireann 2014-2020 agus ag Ciste Talamhaíochta na hEorpa d’Fhorbairt Tuaithe: infheistiú na hEorpa i Limistéir Tuaithe.

This project received grant aid from Carlow Local Community Development Committee under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2014-2020 which is financed by the Irish Government and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.

LCDCLeaderCarlow County CouncilCarlow-County-Development-PartnershipDepartment-of-Rural-and-Community-DevelopmentThe European Agricultural Fund


October 15
October 17


Co. Carlow Ireland