The Moat of Ardscull

Close-by is the award winning Wild Flower Park and Moat Picnic Area, giving you and opportunity to relax in the the tranquillity of the Park and Picnic Area. The Park contains many beautiful mature trees with their proverbial "forty shades of green." The 11th century historic Moat of Ardscull also holds the famous monument of the 1903 Gordon Bennett Motor Rally. An area which also won the National Tidy Towns Wildlife Award in 2005 and 2007. 

Athy

Athy ‘The town of the March’s’ is a heritage town which is situated where the river Barrow joins the Grand Canal and is one of the most ancient towns in Ireland. On your travels the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum will bring the history of Athy to life, from its Anglo Norman foundations, through the 1903 Gordon Bennett Motor Race to the story of local Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton to name but a few. Situated on the banks of the river Barrow it is ideal for fishing and exploring the lovely rolling countryside.

 

Moone

Moone is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Kildare, with evidence of settlement dating back 6000 years. In the sixth century St. Colm Cille founded a monastery here at Moone and not only this but it holds one of Kildare’s most important historic monuments. Dating back to the 8th century, the Moone High Cross Monument, standing six meters tall, is the only High Cross Monument which remains intact today.

 

Crookstown

Crookstown Corn Mill lies in the Greese Valley close to the Quaker Village of Ballitore, both just a five minute drive from Ballindrum. The mill has now been converted with unusual and interesting displays of industrial archaeology.

 

Castledermot

Castledermot a charming village less than a fifteen minute drive from Ballindrum is home to a 14th century Franciscan Abbey, a Hibernian-Romanesque arch, a 10th century round tower, two 9th century high crosses and a number of ancient stones and grave slabs.

 

Kildare Town

Kildare is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It originated in pre-Christian times when it was the site of a shrine to the Celtic Goddess Brigid. It later became the site of the great Christian foundation of St. Brigid. Today it contains many historic buildings; ruins the legacy of 1500 years of history, for example St. Brigids Wellreputedly a 'healing well' situated where the location of her  monastery once stood in Kildare Town.