South Carlow
Adventure Trail


Welcome to my home county of Carlow and in particular South County Carlow. Its wide open spaces, mountains and valleys are ideal for the outdoors, whether for a leisurely activity or a real adventure. Walk a towpath or a mountain trail, hire a river barge or canoe and kayak along the rapids of the River Barrow, freewheel on quiet roads or navigate the winding trails of the Blackstairs Mountains on a mountain bike. Whatever your chosen sport, the South Carlow landscape and its people make it that bit more enjoyable.

The enchanting River Barrow Valley with its rich agricultural hinterland and the glorious ridges of the Blackstairs Mountains provide an unspoiled environment for the walker, cyclist and angler. Once a commercial waterway, the River Barrow is now a relatively undiscovered gem, punctuated by ancient bridges, charming villages and 200-year-old navigation channels, locks and pretty lock houses.

At the heart of South Carlow is the charming rural village of Borris, with its traditional Irish street front and spectacular mountain setting. The village is home to Borris House, built by the McMorrough Kavanagh clan who were Celtic Kings of Leinster.

If you need a relaxing break, fresh air and stimulation, Carlow is the natural choice – from walking and cycling to cruising, canoeing, fishing and mountain biking – the opportunities are endless! Exploring South Carlow does not have to involve a budget – there are plenty of free and fun things to experience and explore. It is a privilege to feel the elation of exertion here, the sense of achievement, the stunning, unspoilt and often remote views of the landscape, the flora and fauna and the sense of well-being. See you there!

Kathryn Thomas
Television presenter