Walking around Kilkenny | Kilkenny Tourism

Walking around Kilkenny


Our Kilkenny Tourism website has a wealth of walking activities to do in Kilkenny. Choose from a wide selection of sports and activities including:
Adventure activities, bowling, golf, swimming, fishing and much, much more.

When it comes to walking around Kilkenny, look no further than Kilkenny.

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.

Castlecomer Discovery Park - Family Fun in Kilkenny

Summer is Here! –Castlecomer Discovery Park launches daily opening of all its activities

It’s summer, time to enjoy sunshine and a break from routine. It is also a time to find ways of keeping kids happy as they while away their holidays.  Take the chance to go “screen free” and get into the great outdoors! 
Activities at Castlecomer Discovery Park are now open daily from 11.00 am. There is adventure to be had as you walk through the treetops, with views of the River Deane on the parks famous tree top walk.  For the more adventurous there Ireland’s longest over water zip line (300 meters), or try the Octagon, our high ropes challenge course. 

Magic is in the air at the ELF village, one of the most popular places at Castlecomer Discovery Park. This year the park has launched its woodland café “The Canopy Café” which means parents can enjoy some delicious coffee and sandwiches while kids get climbing and balancing on the junior woodland course. 

Visitors will also be able to try their hand at archery, the parks newest activity. Nestled in the stunning woodlands of the park, your little ones and not so little ones can imagine they are Robin Hood.  As well as being lots of fun there is the physical and mental benefits, it builds upper body strength, improves mental focus and coordination.  
“We are looking forward to a really exciting summer season, all our instructors are trained and ready to help visitors take the leap off our zip line, manoeuvre the high ropes challenges on the Octagon and harness up for the tree top walk and climbing wall. For the less adventurous there is canoeing or pedal boating on our stunning lakes” Jo McCarthy Activity Manager
“We are especially pleased to have the new additions of the Canopy Café and Archery on site, there are also plans to extend the junior play area during the season, so watch this space! It’s easier than ever to book now also as we have introduced our new on line booking system at www.discoverypark.ie/booking  ” Kathy Purcell Castlecomer Discovery Park
Activities open daily from 11.00 (last bookings at 3.00 pm)
Avoid disappointment and book online at www.discoverypark.ie/booking
Call 056 4440707 or see www.discoverypark.ie 

Castlemorris Wood Walk Kilkenny

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.

Kilkenny City

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.

Freshford Loop Walking Trail Kilkenny

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.

Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny City

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.

Kilkenny Ghost Tours
Kilkenny City

This one of a kind ghost tour takes you through the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.

Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge Walking Trail Kilkenny

This is the second part of the Nore Valley Walk. The walk starts under the Ossary bridge and heads south following the river Nore as far as Bennetsbridge. Distance/Time approx 11km/2 to 3 hours. Terrain includes Grasslands, roadways, river banks.