Commissioned by Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, as a royal residence, alas, the king never visited, the house was never finished and his grand vision gave way to ruination. The site is not accessible pending ongoing restoration. Past the castle take a left after 200m into Jigginstown, continue though this quiet enclave, keep left onto the tow path before the canal bridge. You are now at the start of the rural section of the Corbally line. Its main traffic in the era of canal transport was malting barley for Reeves’s mill at Athgarvan, two miles to the west of Corbally harbour. Local folklore that it was used to ferry the building material for the Curragh camp remains uncertain. At the next bridge, Connaught Bridge, (supposedly named after the army of labourers that built this canal and who hailed from the west of Ireland) change over to the west bank and follow this side all the way to Corbally. The path soon changes from laneway to open fields following the curved line of the canal under a standing of fine beech trees. The towpath is clear walking all the way to Corbally. Look out for Hoare’s bridge - fifth canal bridge out from Naas - which was widened in 1995 and rebuilt in a manner sympathetic to the original design. Before Mooney’s bridge on the right is an old 19th century canalside cottage, its traditional style reflective of a bygone era. The walk ends at the intriguing Corbally Harbour, once a hive of activity as recreated in the artist’s impression illustration below. THE CORBALLY LINE 53 The Corbally canal acts as wonderful sanctuary for wildlife Illustration © Eamon Sinnott