Walking Festival

If you’re a serious rambler or just like to stretch your legs and enjoy the view, then Carlow is a brilliant destination to explore on foot with a wide variety of walks to choose from.

The stunning natural features of the Blackstairs Mountains and the River Barrow provide the perfect backdrop for a range of superb walks to suit all levels. The lush, green landscape associated with Ireland’s Ancient East is found in abundance here.

The Carlow Autumn Walking Festival is a great opportunity for beginner, experienced or advanced walkers to enjoy the challenge of Carlow’s mountain treks or the peace of its woodland and riverside walks. A beautiful and varied landscape, knowledgeable local guides and excellent accommodation all combine to ensure you enjoy an Autumn break, that will leave you feeling revitalised.

Guidelines for walkers – choosing the correct walk

Very experienced hillwalkers
Experienced hillwalkers
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 also consult the list of participation rules here. Registration for all A and B walks takes place in the Town Hall, Main Street, Borris, Co. Carlow at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday ( transport to/from start/finish of walk is provided).

To see all available walks, download the brochure:

Day 1 – Friday October 5th

Walk 1 – Night Time Hike, Borris, Experienced hillwalkers – €20
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Day 2 – Saturday October 6th

Walk 2 – Blackstairs Peaks, Nine Stones, Mount Leinster to Knockmulgurry, Very experienced hillwalkers – €20
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Walk 3 – Scratoes Bridge to Myshall, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 4 – Mount Leinster & Slievebawn with Eanna Ni Lamhna, Corrabut Gap to Nine Stones, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 5 – John’s Hill Route, Kilbrannish Forest Recreation Area, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 6 – Walk Through Time – History & Heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 7 – Rathnageeragh Castle, near Myshall Village to Nine Stones, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 8 – Knockmulgurry to Ballymurphy, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 9 – Photography Walk, Kilbrannish North Forest Recreation Area, Leisure / regular walkers – €10
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Walk 10 – Mindfulness Walk, Clogrennan Wood, Leisure / regular walkers – €10
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Walk 11 Trail Kids (min. age 6 years), Clashgany Forrest, Leisure / regular walkers – €5
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Evening Talk with Eanna Ni Lamhna – O’ Shea’s Pub, Main Street, Borris – Admission: FREE
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Day 3 – Sunday October 7th

Walk 12 – Scullogue Gap, Very experienced hillwalkers – €20
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Walk 13 – Shannon’s Lane, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 14 – Walk Through Time – History & Heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 15 NEW FOR 2018 – Columban Way, Nine Stones to Myshall Village, Experienced hillwalkers – €15
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Walk 16 NEW FOR 2018 – Forest Walk, Rath Wood, Leisure / regular walkers – €5
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Walk 17 NEW FOR 2018 – Wildlife Walk, Barrow Valley, Leisure / regular walkers – €10
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Walk 18 Rathanna Village, Leisure / regular walkers – €10
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Carlow Walking Festival Pass

2 day Walking Pass – €30 BOOK NOW

3 day Walking Pass – €40 BOOK NOW

Activities to complement your weekend

Safari Trail on The River Barrow – €35, Under 16’s – €25, Family of four – €99
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Bike Rental & Bike Tours – €20 per day, children – €15 per day with adult bike or €20 per day otherwise
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Explore the Barrow by canoe or kayak – €45, Under 18’s – €35
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Paddle Your Own Canoe – €35 pp per day
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Boattrips.ie – €15, Children – €10
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