Great Plains of the Curragh (Orange Route)
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Get ready for the off! On the Great Plains of the Curragh! Distance: 138km (86 miles)approx. This touring route, looping leisurely around Maynooth, the Blessington Lakes and the great pastoral expanse of the Curragh,Nass, and Punchestown.
Get ready for the off! On the Great Plains of the Curragh! This touring route, looping leisurely around Maynooth, the Blessington Lakes and the great pastoral expanse of the Curragh, takes drivers right to the heart of Irish horse country including the racecourses at Nass and Punchestown and the Curragh.
The Curragh a 5,000-acre plain whose name means “place of the running horse” lies at the centre of Kildare. Not everything about the Curragh is equestrian, of course. It’s also home to the Irish defence Forces, and the British Army trained men here to fight in the Boer and First World Wars. Newbridge, Kildare and Maynooth are three warm and welcoming towns along the route; places you can stop into for a slap-up meal, a heritage fix, or an overnight stay.
Place to see on route:
Blessington Lakes | Bog of Allen Nature Centre | Carton Avenue and Carton House | Castletown House | The Curragh |The Grand Canal | Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens | Kildare Town Heritage Centre | Lullymore Heritage Park |NUI Maynooth / St. Patrick's College | Newbridge Silverware and Museum of Style Icons | Russborough House, Gardens and Maze | St. Brigid’s Cathedral
Distance: 138km (86 miles)approx.