Kilkenny Walking Trails

Whether you are looking for a relaxing leisurely walk, or something a little bit more strenuous Kilkenny has a fantastic variety of walking trails to choose from. Spanning city and county, there is something to suit all levels of ability. We have listed some of our favourites below;

Kilkenny City Walks 

If you prefer a shorter stroll, we highly recommend the Lacken and Canal Loop Walk, taking you from Maudlin Street along the river to Ossory Bridge, and back down the Canal Walk towards the City Centre. Enjoy riverside views the whole way along, with plenty of areas to stop off along the way and take it all in. 

Nore Valley Walk – Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge  

If you are planning a day trip, this 12km nature trail taking you from Ossory Bridge at the Canal Walk along the scenic valley of the River Nore to Bennettsbridge is perfect. Make sure to pack a lunch for a pit-stop along the way! 

Woodstock Loop Walks 

Starting in the village in Inistioge, follow the Woodstock loop walk which will take you up to Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum where you can explore and the magnificent Noble Fir and Monkey Puzzle tree-lined avenues. 

Castlecomer Loop 

Situated at the Castlecomer Discovery Park, choose from a variety of trails including the Captains Loop, a 4km trail, and the Ardra Loop, a 6km trail. There is also lots of fantastic outdoor activities for all ages, which makes for a great family day out. 

Brandon Hill

Beginning in the town of Graiguenamanagh, this 12 km trail is perfect for those experienced walkers looking for something a little bit more challenging. This trail crosses minor roadways, forestry tracks and hillside paths with stunning 360 views once you reach the peak. We highly recommend a sunrise or sunset visit this summer. 

Visit Trail Kilkenny for more information on all of the Kilkenny Walking Trails, and for downloadable trail maps.