Europcar offers a location in Naas, to best take advantage of its handy location, renting a car provides the fastest and most convenient way to experience the area. Towns like Naas, Kildare, Maynooth and Straffan all offer something everyone but, in order take it all at your own pace and make the best of your time in the countryside, hiring a car is the only solution.
Surrounded by the country’s most fertile farmland provides miles and miles of quiet roads to get lost on, maybe pulling over for a picnic in a field or a pint in a quiet village pub. However, there is far more to Co. Kildare beyond pastures and stud farms.
Ireland’s largest and most impressive Georgian estate was built over a number of years, from 1722 to 1729, continually added to, and paid for by William Conolly who was, at the time, Ireland’s richest man. The first Palladian style house in the country, it’s a grand mixture of Italian colonnades, pavilions, huge wings and a 40-metre obelisk known as the Conolly Folly. The confusion comes from the different architects involved and that William Conolly died before it was finished, leaving his widow to carry on with the designs.
St. Brigid’s Cathedral, an impressive 13th century cathedral watches over Kildare town’s Market Square, and contains the tomb of Walter Wellesley, Bishop of Kildare, that disappeared after his death in 1539, not to be found until 1971, as well as boasting a stained-glass window that shows the three main saints of Ireland, Patrick, Brigid and Colmcille, and a 10th century round tower that is the second highest in the country, measuring 32.9m tall. The tower’s original conical roof has been replaced with Norman battlements, though, while there is a wishing stone near the tower. It’s said that if you put your arm through the hole and touch your shoulder, your wish will be granted.