Camp Sites in County Carlow
With a great location in the sunny South East, Carlow basks in rich history, Carlow, Ireland’s second smallest county, is a glistening jewel in the heart of the sunny South East. Read More
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Visit County Carlow
When it comes to camping sites in County Carlow, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the stunning countryside that characterizes this picturesque county. With towering mountain ranges, meandering rivers, and historic landmarks, Carlow offers a postcard-perfect backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore ancient monuments and burial chambers dating back to the Iron Age, such as the renowned Brownshill Dolmen.
Known as the Dolmen County, Carlow is nestled within Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, offering a perfect blend of breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventures, fabulous food, and rich culture. Immerse yourself in the timeless and unspoiled landscape, where picturesque villages, rolling hills, and meandering rivers captivate your senses. Discover the colorful tales of the local people, both past and present, and uncover hidden gems that lie off the beaten path.
Carlow boasts an array of looped walks throughout the county, from Oak Park Forest Park and Clogrennane Wood near Carlow Town to Kilbrannish North and South Forests, Deerpark on the Blackstairs Mountains, Clashganny Forest, and Bahana and Gowlin Forests near St Mullins. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along the beautiful Barrow Way or a more adventurous hike along the scenic South Leinster and Wicklow Ways, Carlow offers a variety of walking trails to suit every preference.
Travelling to County Carlow
Dublin Airport is 107km from Carlow Town Centre offering direct flights from over 100 destinations around Europe, the USA and Middle East.
Both Rosslare Europort and Dublin Port are just over an hour from Carlow Town centre. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). Rosslare and Dublin ports offer daily services between Ireland-UK and services to France and Northern Spain. The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
Bus Eireann Expressway operates Route 4 from Carlow to Dublin City/Dublin Airport and Waterford.
From Dublin Heuston there are daily services in operation to Carlow. For further information check their website at Irish Rail
While camping in County Carlow, make sure to explore the following attractions:
Huntington Castle & Gardens
Discover a treasure trove of historical architecture and objects at Huntington Castle & Gardens. Meander down the serene Yew Tree Walk and admire the water features in Huntington’s delightful pleasure grounds. Originally built as a defensive garrison, Huntington Castle was developed into a family estate by the Baron of Esmonde. Take a tour and view the old kitchens, drawing room and the refurbished conservatory, and hear the stories of the castle and its occupants brought to life. See the intriguing Fellowship of Isis Temple —in the 1970s, this spiritual organisation established the castle’s basement as a place of worship of the Egyptian Goddess. Explore the gardens and get truly lost in nature. From the French lime trees to the ornamental lawns and fishpond, this is perfect place for a family walk or a romantic stroll.
Rathwood Forest Walks
Rathwood is home to wonderful, carefully planned forest walks that extend more than 4km. The walks include a short, wheelchair-accessible route and a longer looped walk The walks, part of the Carlow Garden Trail, include a short, leisurely, wheelchair-accessible walk to a pond and a longer looped ‘Molloy Walk’ with seating at regular intervals. This forest is a valuable and rewarding educational tool, given the vast ecological resources of flora, wildlife and tree species contained within its 75-hectare boundaries. Rath Wood offers a sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insect species.
On a visit, expect to see deer, rabbits, mink, foxes, pheasants and dragonflies among others. The forest contains a great variety of tree species including beech, oak, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, birch, Douglas fir and alder. Train rides around the forest are available from Rathwood.
Go with the Flow River Adventures
Go with the Flow River Adventures offer guided river treks, multi-day trips, canoe hire, courses and much more. They offer incredible trails, eco safaris and white-water adventures in Carlow and Kilkenny. Choose from traditional Canadian canoes, kayaks or new river surfers. Qualified guides with years of experience will help you all the way. Options include the discovery river adventure, guided river treks, canoe hire and multi-day trips. You are sure to have an excellent voyage of discovery and a renewed sense of what a beautiful countryside Ireland’s waterways provide.
The heavenly 16-hectare gardens of Altamont in County Carlow combine formal and informal gardens with a variety of flora. The Robinsonian-style gardens are home to native species as well as exotic ones like Swamp Cypress, Red Oak and Giant Redwood. Strolling through the tranquil area, visitors will also find a lake and a river walk. An unmissable highlight of a visit to Altamont Gardens is the walled garden situated within the grounds of the estate.
Create lasting memories as you camp amidst the natural wonders and cultural treasures of County Carlow. Start planning your visit today and experience the best of this charming Irish county.