Baltinglass Walking Tour is in development
Walking tour of Baltinglass
Please note that due to Covid 19 restrictions, the development of this tour has been delayed.
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Get off the beaten track and discover the wonderful history of Baltinglass town.
Did you know that Baltinglass has a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, a prehistoric ringfort, a Neolithic passage grave, as well as an 18th century gaol?
Join the Baltinglass walking tour to discover these interesting sites and more.
As we walk you will hear about the history and interesting stories associated with the town.
Baltinglass was the home to the first hot air balloonist in Ireland.
A South American liberator and one of Ireland’s earliest female political activists was also born here.
The hero of the Irish rebels Sam McAllister started his adventures here and Baltinglass was also the site of a crazy battle over a post office!
The places and stories of Baltinglass have largely been forgotten, but you will catch a glimpse into its fascinating past.
Baltinglass Town Half Day Tour
We will meet outside Baltinglass library and the tour will consist of:
• The old courthouse with its beautifully designed interior and the 1860’s gaol.
• The hero Sam MacAllister’s statue to hear about the exploits of the 1798 Irish rebels. We will also hear about the people of note that are associated with Baltinglass, some of them will surprise you!
• Baltinglass graveyard, Rathcoran House and site of the Battle of the post office.
• The Cistercian Abbey. From there we will also take in the Old Ticket office of the lost railways of Ireland.
Tour duration: 2.5 hours
After your tour
You could get a delicious meal, cup of coffee and cake, or even a pint before heading off home or to your accommodation. Or if you wish, you could take a walk through the beautiful Lord’s wood, or try one of the other activities West Wicklow has to offer.
Other important details
Weather: The tour will go ahead even if it is raining. But as much of the tour is outside, please make sure you wear suitable warm waterproof clothing.
The tour will only be cancelled if there are severe weather warnings.
Maximum travellers: 10
Activity level: Moderate
This is a walking tour. The meeting place is at Baltinglass Library.
To get to Baltinglass, there is a public bus from Dublin to Baltinglass – Bus Éireann, Route 132.
Admission to Baltinglass Gaol
Discount Voucher for lunch
Please bring money for lunch and snacks / coffee, and cash for a donation to the church if you would like an information booklet.
The walk is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Children may attend with their legal guardians.