WALKING & CYCLING
The K Club is the perfect location for walking and cycling holidays in Ireland with over 550 acres of countryside to get out & explore all the while taking in the fresh air! Only 40 minutes from Dublin,you can leave all traces of the city behind you as you relax in our luscious green haven!
Walks are available throughout the resort especially on the Island and along the banks of the Liffey. For the more energetic, bicycles are also available.
The Kildare countryside provides a backdrop for the garden at The K Club. Trees have long been a feature of the landscape, the name Kildare being derived from Gaelic, Cill, Church and Dair, Oak.
For guests who wish to enjoy some gentle exercise within the grounds of the resort and adjacent to the hotel, a garden walk has been laid out, starting at the terrace at the back of the lobby.
The formal gardens, created by the Barton’s in the 19th Century, have many unusual species of trees, including Lawson Cypress and a Tulip tree, as well as Elm, Pedunculate or Common Oak and White Willow. Several of the specimen trees on the resort are either county or Irish champions for either their height or girth.
Shrubs and flowers grow in abundance along the walkway, including the Straffan Snowdrop, a white spring flowering bulb unique to the estate and discovered in the 1880s by the then head gardener, Frederick Burford. A new breed of narcissus, Cill Dara, was alos introduced in November, 1992.
The Garden Walks continue across Inis Mór Island, on to the arboretum and the hidden pond.
Among the arboreal pleasures is a Weeping Beech tree, planted along the 16th green of the Ryder Cup Course to mark the accession to the throne in 1901 of King Edward VII of England. Other distinguished trees in the area of the arboretum include a Giant Redwood, the largest growing tree in the world.
The cultivation of a wide range of plants from many regions of the world has been continued by successive owners, the most recent being the planting of a Weeping Beech at the front of the Hotel by Dr. Smurfit in April 1992 to commemorate the opening of The K Club.