Brandon Hill Loop | Kilkenny Tourism

Brandon Hill Loop


Walking in Kilkenny on the Brandon Hill Loop

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.


The Brandon Hill Loop starts in the town of Graiguenamanagh just 20 minutes from Kilkenny City and the trailhead is at the junction on lower Main Street.

Important Information

Trailhead – Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny
Services – Graiguenamanagh
Distance / Time – 12km / 5hrs
High / Ascent – 520m / 600m
Difficulty – Hard
Terrain – Minor roadways, forestry tracks and hillside paths
To Suit – Experience walkers
Minimum Gear – Hiking boots, rain gear, fluids, snacks and mobile phone.