Take a river safari through the valleys of the Barrow and admire the flora and fauna of this mystical valley as you journey. Or what about a spot of golf? Carlow has five parkland golf courses. Four of these, Carlow, Killerig, Leinster Hills and Mount Wolseley are championship courses. The latter was designed by Christy O’Connor and has played host to national and international golf competitions. 

Home to three of Ireland’s key national walking routes, Carlow has something for every type of walker, from those who prefer a slow saunter to those seeking a challenging hike. The Leinster Way, The Wicklow Way and the Barrow Way range in length and walking difficulty. The South Leinster Way runs from Kildavin in Co Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary, a stretch that can take up to five days for those who prefer an easy pace. Moderate and experienced walkers can expect to complete the walk in just three days. 

The Barrow Way is one of the most spectacular walks in the country as it runs alongside the River Barrow and meanders through villages and historical sites including castles, bridges and abbeys.  

The Wicklow Way, which begins in Dublin, finishes in Clonegal near to the River Slaney in the eastern side of Carlow.