Ballyteige Castle ne Robertstown Kilmeague Lowtown New Barrow Line Milltown Feeder Canal Huband/ Green Bridge 20 21 19 For towpath trekkers the Barrow line offers a degree of solitude and, within the limitations of the flat landscape, a variety of scenery ranging from bog, through forestry, and onto canal side towns such as Rathangan and Monasterevin - the latter being something of a Venice with its many bridges and canal channels. At Ballyteige Castle cross the bridge to the south bank past the 20th and 21st locks. The much-restored castle dates from the late medieval period. The rebel leader, Silken Thomas of the great Kildare Fitzgerald family, is said to have taken refuge there. Unusual, perhaps, to find a castle surrounded by relatively poor land. This is one of many similar tower houses built in the Bog of Allen to offer protection in the disputed ‘no-man’s land’ zone where clashes occurred between the Irish clans who sprang attacks from island strong points in the bog lands and the English garrisons of the Pale. No more than with the bog land stretch of the canal near Edenderry this section nearly swamped the canal builders of two centuries ago. In the bog land to the east two Bishops of Kildare took refuge during the penal times while in a more recent era a turf camp was established during the second world war. It accommodated men who came from distant parts to harvest peat fuel, which was then ferried by specially constructed barges for stockpiling in Dublin. Ballyteige Castle THE BARROW LINE 37 GPS 53.2692 -6.8175 GPS 53.2687 -6.8405