Extent of the Waterways -  River Barrow                         

The Slaney Drive continues along the minor road to Kiltegan for about half a kilometre before turning off to the right at the sign for Doyle’s Equestrian Centre (Kiltegan is also well worth a visit if you have time). This minor road meanders through some interesting countryside in parallel to the River Slaney and affords several opportunities to admire the river. At the second crossroads, the visitor should follow signs into Rathvilly, a picturesque village to the north east of Carlow. The name derives from a series of ancient raths or forts built along the River Barrow. A statue of the young executed rebel Kevin Barry stands in the town centre while Rathvilly Motte, believed to have been the residence of Crimthan, King of Leinster in the 5th century, commands panoramic views of Wicklow and Mount Leinster. The Watermill tea rooms are a good place to relax and admire the River Slaney and the impressive mill wheel. Nearby are the gardens of Lisnavagh Estate.  In 1847, Captain William McClintock Bunbury commissioned the very reputable Daniel Robertson to build a "New House at Lisnavagh". Daniel Robertson had already proved himself with his designs at Powerscourt and Johnstown Castle and Lisnavagh was probably one of the last serious designs that he undertook. As well as the house, Daniel Robertson also designed the gardens and pleasure grounds, and the farmyard about a mile away. Lady Rathdonnell has stunningly restored the original Victorian gardens over the past thirty years. The Gardens are open to groups by appointment. (Telephone 059 9161104). www.lisnavagh.com Lisnavagh House