Tours and Trails (Walking / Cycling)
Looking for walking and cycling tours and trails in Kilkenny City and County? Below you will find a list of walks designed to show you the beauty of Kilkenny. Everything thing you could wish for to make your Kilkenny experience one to remember.
The Brandon Hill loop is a challenging 12 KM trail, you will follow minor roadways, forestry tracks and hillside patches to reach the peak. The Brandon Loop starts in the town of Graiguenamanagh, where you can drop into the 13th century Cistercian monastery of Duiske Abbey or stop in for a spot of lunch in the picturesque town full of traditional character and charm. For direct walking directions visit page 4 and 5 of the Trails Brochure.
Explore Castlecomer Discovery Park, set in a spectacular 80 acre woodland. The Discovery Park boasts an exciting range of recreational and educational activities. Nibble on delicious treats in the award winning café, visit the fascinating multi-media mining museum and splash about in our pedal boats while taking in the beautiful scenery and natural settings of the park. Find yourself vanishing into the world of creative arts and craft workshops and experience first-hand the detailed craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece, while fighting the temptation to purchase 1, 2 or 10 pieces!!
This walk is one of a range of scenic walks developed by Trail Kilkenny and designed to allow you explore more of the great outdoors. Distance/Time is approx 7km/2 to 2.5 hrs. Terrain features forestry roads, grassy path and country roads.
Passing through Gowran, Graiguenamanagh, Thomastown and Bennettsbridge. This route is a scenic cycling route linking the most historic and culturally significant towns in east Kilkenny. Distance is 64km featuring rolling country roads & laneways.
Frank Kavanagh is without a doubt Kilkenny's NO.1 Fan and certainly one of the most familiar faces of Kilkenny, known to many as one of Kilkenny's longest serving tour guides. Story telling for Frank is about connecting to other people and helping people to see what you see. Frank's passionate and friendly tours of Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding historic Kilkenny sites incorporates history, culture and humour with his own personal tales and ghost stories.
Starts at Village Green in Freshford. Distance/Time is approx 8km/2 to 2.5 hrs. Terrain includes riverbank, woodland track, laneways. Would suit all levels of fitness. Part of Trail Kilkenny.
Graiguenamanagh is a scenic riverside town nestled in the picturesque Barrow Valley.
The Graiguenamanagh Heritage Trail is a walking tour that explores the rich and interesting history of this village from the arrival of the Cistercian Monks in 1204 through to the present day.
Hidden trails is based in the historic and picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh, nestled in the beautiful Barrow Valley. From the calm and tranquil walkways along the river barrow, to the stunning heights of Mount Leinster and the rolling walks around Brandon Hill. If you are looking to get away from it all , even for just a few hours, a visit here is a must.
We offer a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities, taking in the scenery and sharing a few stories along the way. There is so much history and beauty here just waiting to be discovered. We also offer cycle tours or just hire a bike yourself and head off, or you might like to try out a bit of canoeing / kayaking on the river with its locks and rapids a plenty.
Go back in time to a 12th Century castle, remodelled and restored and set in 1830's splendour and extensive parklands: includes art gallery and playground. It is a complex structure of various architectural styles.
Experience Irish hospitality while having an enjoyable easy-paced cycling around the medieval capital of Ireland with photo opportunities and historical information provided at each destination. Tours at 10am and 2pm.