Great Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

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The great thing about a staycation is that there are countless, incredible things to see and do within a short driving distance. However, half the battle is knowing what to expect and choosing the best ones!

We’ve rounded up a list of five great experiences in Kilkenny to add to everyone’s bucket list to make for a memorable trip away with friends or family.

1. Jerpoint Abbey Guided Tour

Guided Tour Jerpoint Abbey

Included in the admission fee, is a free guided tour of the partially restored monastic ruins with its magnificently sculptured cloister arcade and exhibition centre is an exemplary experience of Ireland’s Ancient East, and will leave visitors feeling empowered and informed about the history and stories of the Cictersian monks who called the Abbey home in the 12th century.

2. Cycling Tour of Kilkenny Countryside with Graiguenamanagh Bike Hire

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There are innumerable historical sites and spots of natural beauty in and around Kilkenny’s stunning countryside, that are best visited on a cycling tour, whether a keen cyclist or not. Ride at your own pace, and see another side to Kilkenny in your own time and in your own sequence, for what is often said to be the crowning glory of any trip to Kilkenny.

Explore the Barrow River Towpath
Graiguenamanagh Bike Hire operates a bicycle rental service that is swiftly becoming one of the most popular activity outings for the southeast of Ireland. The reason is pretty simple, the Barrow river towpath makes an excellent cycling greenway that gives visitors miles of safe, traffic free adventure in beautiful countryside. As the towpath follows the river downstream to St. Mullins and stretches upriver as far as the grand canal in County Kildare you simply have miles and miles of countryside to explore.
 
Bikes for the Young & Old
Graiguenamanagh Bike Hire offers good quality mountain bikes for men and women as well as children’s bikes and tow alongs. So now the whole family can enjoy a day out together. They also have  helmets, hi viz vests and any other equipment required to hire.
 
Where to Cycle 
Nip down to St. Mullins and stop for tea/coffee at the fantastic Mullichain Cafe. Or why not be more adventurous and take a bike on the back roads to Inistioge, where you can wander the fantastic arboretum at Woodstock gardens.
 

3. Zipline at Castlecomer Discovery Park

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Ireland’s longest zip line at Castlecomer offers a daring and exhilarating adventure! Accompanied by the Octagon High Ropes Course, a challenging series of nets, ropes and wooden bridges, as well as the less daring Tree-Top Adventure Walk Course, this adventure park offers a host of experiences for every ability and age.

4. Kilkenny Activity Centre

Kilkenny Activity Centre

The Kilkenny Activity Centre is a purpose built 5-acre activity centre which is bursting with activities to suit every pursuit. From two bubble soccer fields and four paintball arenas, to the ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ outdoor assault course, as well as splat ball, giant darts, and loads, loads more! This is a wonderfully exciting day out for the entire family and a great way to put new skills to the test!

5. Racing at Kiltorcan Raceway

Kiltorcan Raceway

From the very moment you arrive at Kiltorcan Raceway, the team are on hand to make you feel welcome. With world-class facilities and equipment, they deliver an outstanding hospitality package that will delight you and your guests. Whether you’re new to karting or are an experienced driver, the state of the art karts paired with our outdoor super smooth 1000 metre, all weather, floodlit karting circuit will offer you the buzz of a lifetime.

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