Please use the information below as a guide as we continue to improve the route. We recommend using your own maps if walking independently. Please check travel details with the relevant transport providers. If you have a suggestion to improve the route information on this page, please contact us.
Note that there are two potential routes that are used by Brigid’s Way. One is a direct continuation from the Robertstown to Milltown route, which is shorter and more direct, starting from The Hanged Man pub, Milltown (see below for more details about the route). The other involves a hop via car to the scenic Pollardstown Fen (named in the Irish Times in 2014 as one of the Top 20 Best Places to Go Wild in Ireland) and then walking to Kildare from there.
Pollardstown Fen to Kildare
- Total Distance (approx): 5 miles, 19km
- Terrain: Paved: Minor roads (L-roads), Grass verges or footpaths on more major roads, Wooden Boards in Pollardstown Fen, Grass in The Curragh and at Brigid’s Garden Stream.
- Start:Pollardstown Fen
- Rathbride Healing Stone via The Curragh
- Kildare Heritage Centre (Market Sq, Kildare Town) (shops, cafes, restaurant in the area)
- St. Brigid’s Fire Temple (in the grounds of St. Brigid’s Cathedral)
- Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages
- Brigid’s Healing Well
- End: Brigid’s Garden Stream
WALKING ROUTE (approx 8 miles) From the Pollardstown Fen car park follow the path to the Boardwalk start and loop around this magnificent wild nature reserve back onto the path & return to the carpark (approx 20 mins). From the carpark turn right & walk on taking the first left turn (there is a Pollardstown Horse Feed sign nearby) onto a small road L7023.
Cross over the stone railway bridge for your first view of the Curragh of Kildare. At the T junction turn right and follow the sign for Rathangan R401. Cross back over another stone railway bridge onto the Upper Curragh (be careful of traffic on this bridge.)
Spread out on the left side & wander this magical plain. Keep the road within your sight line. At the white stones at Cloonmore Lodge cross over the road to wander on the right side of the Curragh to Rathbhride Cross (signed Rathangan/Kildare/Allenwood) & the Healing Stone.
Leaving Rathbhride Crosss continue on towards Kildare by wandering on the Curragh between the road (within your sightline) & the wood chip horse track. When you come to the end of the white rails & meet a dirt track veer right back onto the road to pass the Cill Dara Golf club. Go through the gate beside the cattle grid to leave the Curragh. (Note there is a sign to Kildare facing the wrong way here. Follow the Cattle Grid sign to Kildare.)
You are now walking the last part of your Pilgrimage into Kildare past houses & over the stone railway bridge, past the Solas Bhríde house at Dara Park into Kildare’s Market Square for a Welcome by the Brigidine Sisters & Tom from the Heritage Centre in the Market House.
Walk across the Square to Brigid’s Cathedral and the Fire Temple in the grounds of the cemetary. Return to the Market Square and find Bride Street, walk straight along Bride Street to the new Solas Bhride Centre Site. Continue along the road past the Solas Bhride Centre, on the left you will find the Healing Well and on the right, you will find the turn for the Garden Well.
Local Taxi Numbers
- Kildare Cabs (Kildare) +353 45 530814 / 530815
- Tully Cabs (Kildare) + 353 86 801 1676
Getting to the End Point – Kildare
By Bus/Train to Dublin
By Bus to Dublin Airport
A direct bus from Kildare Market Square to Dublin Airport is operated by Dublin Coach
Alternative Route: Hanged Man Pub, Milltown to Kildare
An alternative route that provides simple continuity from the endpoint of the previous phases, is to start from the Hanged Man pub. An additional highlight on this route is Father Moore’s Well, though Pollardstown Fen is not on the route. The section of this route from the pub to Rathbride is on a fairly busy road, so please be cautious. Please see a map below:
Note that the accommodation that we use for the Brigid’s Way organised pilgrimage may differ from the B&Bs listed here and that the information is provided here for independent walkers. If you are coming on the organised pilgrimage we ask that you book accommodation through Brigid’s Way to help us with the logisitics and for the best rates.
- Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages (Kildare) +353 (0)45 522890
- Silken Thomas (Kildare) +353 (0) 45 522232
The Kildare Heritage Centre can help you to plan your time in Kildare.