As we all are dreaming of travel adventures, exciting terrains and new experiences, start the new year on the right foot with Outdoor Kilkenny. From festivals and culture, outdoor adventure to glamping, Kilkenny has lined up its top 10 reasons to holiday with them this year:
It could be an easy-going family cycling expedition, picnic packed in the panniers, a cycling tour around the city or maybe hire a bike for a long-distance expedition that takes in forest, hills and trails. Or perhaps you are an enthusiast, looking for a high-adrenaline mountain bike challenge through the forest’s more thrilling terrains. Whatever you want from your cycling break with us, Kilkenny has it covered.
If you’re in search of lush green landscapes and wide open spaces, there’s no better escape than walking in Kilkenny. Our variety of walking trails will take you on an adventure through the most beautiful corners of our county while taking in the breath-taking scenery. Riverside strolls and woodland hikes. Green hills and coastal beauty. Uncover the beauty and diversity of Kilkenny on your next walking and hiking holiday, filled with fresh air and freedom.
From historic buildings to outdoor adventures, Kilkenny is now considered the epi-centre of Irish culture. Step back in time and take a guided tour of the outstanding Cistercian abbey, Jerpoint Abbey. Founded in the second half of the 12th century, here you will discover the very tombs and towers from medieval times, or explore Ireland’s most incredible collection of medieval towers within a magnificent 3 acre site at Kells Priory.
For a unique cultural experience, the ancient sport of Archery will discover the hidden Robin Hood in you! Try archery as a complete novice or spend time perfecting your aim if you have already discovered the joy of this noble sport. Enjoy some archery target practice in a friendly session with a qualified guide!
Whether you are a child or an adult, a beginner wanting to start your journey as a rider, a rider with years of riding experience, someone coming to Ireland for a horse riding holiday or someone who wants to learn how to jump you are guaranteed to find a lesson or programme to suit you here in Kilkenny.
Whether you are a seasoned canoeist, or you have never set foot in a boat, enjoying a few hours on the water with family or friends is the most satisfying experience you can imagine. From tranquil lakes, to gently meandering rivers, to white water adventures, you can choose a canoe or kayak holiday that’s perfect for you!
“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”― Shanti
This summer if you’re looking for a way to get back to nature, enjoy some fresh air and unplug for a few days, then Kilkenny has your perfect glamping holiday ready and waiting. Treat yourself to a cosy bed in a unique, comfortable home from home at Butterfly Valley Glamping or Nore Valley Park surrounded by woods and rivers and of course, all the first class facilities to keep every family fully equipped for the break!
Kilkenny will make you smile, we have perfected the art of ‘good craic’ and peppered it with a warm welcome! Check out Shenanigans walking tours, where your guide will tell tales of old Kilkenny that are loaded with fun and banter. For a different type of ‘craic’ look up and listen to the shrills of excitement as adults and children traverse forests and rivers on Ireland’s largest zip line at Castlecomer Discovery Park! Whatever kind of adventure you seek, the craic in Kilkenny will have you beaming!
Take in a Festival
Kilkenny is well-known for hosting the most incredible festivals in the Country. From food to arts, music to comedy, 2021 promises to bring an array of virtual and non-virtual festivals back into the county’s event calendar!
Kilkenny is spoiled with some of the country’s most beautiful vista’s across towns and countryside. Enjoy a leisurely amble around the picturesque villages of Inistioge and Graiguenamanagh. Both villages are gems in Kilkenny’s crown, with tree lined walks, river-side tracks leading to Castles or 13th Century Augustinian Priories. While you are there, be sure to have a chat with the locals and ask about their villages history and discover what makes these unique havens in the heart of the county.
Kilkenny is home to some of the world’s greatest championship courses. From Mount Juliet to Kilkenny Golf Club, the county has always been a favourite with all levels of golfers, ideal for a golfing break and ideal destination for you and a group of friends. Golf holidays in Kilkenny offer great value for money and so much variety – tailor-make your own personal itinerary and play some of Europe’s best courses with us today!