Verdant hedgerows line your trail to Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park.
Now a vibrant outdoor park with a Famine Cottage, Biodiversity Walk and Fairy Village, Lullymore was once an idyllic monastic retreat. In the early 18th century, all that changed when everyone was massacred except for one monk, Thomas Foran. Continue your route to be in sight of the Grand Canal
– between 1834 and 1852 fast “fly boat” services worked these waters, with two horses towing boats at speeds of around 7mph (it took 13 hours to travel from Dublin to Athy!) Next it's Kilbeggan Racecourse
, described by the Sunday Times as having a charm that “puts bigger racetracks – like Royal Ascot – in the shade”. Dating back to the 1840s, this course has tons of stories to share, too – next time you’re placing your bets, spare a thought for the Grand National winner of 1916 who had to walk home because of the Easter Rising!
If you have more time:
Visit Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery
in Kilbeggan. Book ahead to discover the tricks of the trade, and find out if the distillery really is haunted. Or pop into Roche's Pub
in Donadea. No – you’re not imagining things. This pub is slowly sinking into the bog on which it was built. Built in the 1800s, it's been sinking for more than a century.