Walks close to Kilgraney House


The Barrow Way

The South Leinster Way

The Slieve Margy Way

Clogrennane Wood Looped Walk

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum and Nore River Walk


The Barrow Way

The Barrow Way follows the towpath, originally a path alongside the River Barrow to allow the pulling of barges or boats for transport. The ground is level throughout passing good farmland where tillage and cattle farming is predominant. There are plenty of small, friendly villages where the welcome of the locals is renowned while the path also offers much of architectural interest to the visitor - bridges, many arched, and pretty lock houses, some still in use. Many interesting historical features are located in close proximity to the river including castles, abbeys, old bridges and derelict mills.

The Barrow Way allows for sightings of a rich variety of river life - swans, mallard, heron, kingfisher and hen pheasant are regularly to be seen. The full length of the Barrow Way, from Lowtown to St. Mullins is 113 kilometres (70 miles). You can cover this distance in a single journey in less than a week or explore shorter sections of the walk in a number of easy strolls. Accommodation is available from 3 to 19 kilometres and varies from hotels to self-catering and bed & breakfasts. Most accommodation providers are delighted to transport you to and from your starting and finishing points.

Towns offer a full range of services while villages have good facilities that are designed to meet the needs of the walker.

STAGE 1 of the Barrow Way starts in Lowtown and a distance of 23 km (14 miles) takes you to the town of Monasterevin.
Distance from Kilgraney House to Lowtown: 55.7km (34.6 miles) Travel time 64 minutes
The raised banks of the canal offer beautiful views of the surrounding countryside with views of the Hill of Allen and the Wicklow Mountains.

STAGE 2 covers the stretch from Monasterevin to Athy - 23km (14 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Monasterevin: 86.3km (53.6 miles) Travel time 82 minutes
This stretch offers the visitor much of architectural interest with many old bridges and houses.

STAGE 3 runs from Athy to Carlow - 19km (12 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Athy: 46.2km (28.7 miles) Travel time 56 minutes
This is the first of four stretches which pass through the county of Carlow. Starting from the heritage town of Athy, the route passes many interesting lifting bridges and old mills before reaching Carlow town.

STAGE 4 Carlow to Bagenalstown - 16km (10 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Carlow: 14.4km (23.2 miles) Travel time 34 minutes
Milford, approximately 7 km south of Carlow is one of the most attractive stretches along the River Barrow. Set in an idyllic location with three bridges, mill buildings and a large wooded area it is famous as an aquatic triangle with regular spottings of herons and kingfishers. This stretch of walk is rich with historical buildings and castles including the Black Castle at Leighlinbridge and the many architectural gems in the town of Bagenalstown, where our walk ends.

STAGE 5 takes the walker from Bagenalstown to Graiguenamanagh - 26km (16 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Bagenalstwon: 6.2km (3.8 miles) Travel time 10 minutes
This route passes the small villages of Goresbridge and Borris. On several occasions throughout the year crowds gather from Ireland and abroad for the famous horse fairs held in O' Donoghues of Goresbridge. This is a great social gathering and should you happen to pass on a sales day make sure to drop in. The village of Borris nestles in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains and has retained its charms of former days. Many shops have kept their traditional fronts and the local public houses have earned nationwide recognition for their friendly, old world atmosphere. Our route ends in Graiguenamanagh, a picturesque abbey town and a popular boating and craft centre. Overlooking the River Barrow is Duiske Abbey founded by Norman monks from Stanley Abbey, Wiltshire in 1204. The "Early English" design boasts a lofty nave and it is the largest of Irish Cistercian monastery churches.

STAGE 6 Graiguenamanagh to St. Mullins – 6km (4 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Graiguenamanagh: 14.7km (9.1 miles) Travel time 24 minutes
This stretch has beautiful woodland surroundings with a strong ecclesiastical theme in the religious settlement at St. Mullins. The complex includes a medieval church ruin, the base of a round tower and the former Church of Ireland church, built in 1811, which now hosts a heritage centre. The lower settlement is set on a glorious stretch of the Barrow Valley and includes a picnic area.

The South Leinster Way
The South Leinster Way is a long distance walking route which runs from Kildavin, Co. Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary covering 102 kilometres (64 miles) in length and ascending 1600 metres. The predominant features in the landscape are Mount Leinster, Brandon Hill and the river valleys of the Barrow, Nore and Suir. This stretch can be comfortably walked in five days but strong walkers can finish it in three days.

STAGE 1: Kildavin - Borris 22km (14 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Kildavin: 29km (18.5 miles) Travel time 50 minutes
From Kildavin the route passes along forest tracks over the northern slopes of Mount Leinster to reach the town of Borris. The "Nine Stones" vantage point at Mount Leinster offers amazing views of the Barrow Valley and Brandon Hill.

STAGE 2: Borris - Graiguenamanagh 12km (7 ½ miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Borris: 6.7km (4.2 miles) Travel time 11 minutes
This stretch follows the towpath along the River Barrow and is particularly attractive as it passes through rich deciduous woodland and old mills. Graiguenamanagh is the end of this walk - a quayside, boating town lying in the county of Kilkenny but connected via a bridge over the River Barrow to its twin village of Tinnahinch in Co. Carlow.

STAGE 3: Graiguenamanagh - Inistioge 16km (10 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Graiguenamanagh: 14.7km (9.1 miles) Travel time 24 minutes
This walk crosses the slopes of Mount Brandon by a series of forest walks before reaching the village of Inistioge - a pretty village with a fine market square and interesting buildings and sites including the Augustinian Priory and St. Columcille's Well. In recent years, Inistioge has also witnessed the development of the film making industry in Ireland. Famous films shot here include Widow's Peak and Circle of Friends.
Also, in Graiguenamanagh there is a looped walk at Silaire Wood, a community-owned woodland located to the north of the village of Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny. The woodland was formerly owned by Coillte, but was sold to the local community. It is now owned and managed by the Graiguenamanagh community Group.

STAGE 4: Inistioge - Mullinavat 30km (19 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Inistiogue: 25.1km (15.6 miles) Travel time 50 minutes
Suitable for the seasoned walker. This section of the way starts along the banks of the River Nore and continues via forest roads over several hills to reach Mullinavat.

STAGE 5: Mullinavat - Carrick-on-Suir 22km (14 miles).
Distance from Kilgraney House to Mullinavat: 49.08km (30.5 miles) Travel time 62 minutes
This stretch crosses the River Blackwater and passes the village of Piltown en route to the end of the walk in Carrick-on-Suir.


The Slieve Margy Way

Distance from Kilgraney House to Carlow: 14.4km (23.2 miles) Travel time 34 minutes
The Slieve Margy Way is located in the north western corner of Co. Carlow and south-eastern corner of Co. Laois and allows the visitor explore some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. The route is a circular network of walking tracks through a number of villages, many in close proximity to Co. Carlow including Graiguecullen, Maganey, Arles, Wolfhill and The Swan. Passing along the banks of the River Barrow, the Slieve Margy Way then takes to the hills rising over 1,000 feet to the top of the Castlecomer Plateau to join the Swan Loop. The Way has been designed to allow walkers join it at any point and walk in either direction.


Clogrennane Wood Looped Walk

Distance from Kilgraney House to Clogrennane: 24.8km (15.4 miles) Travel time 48 minutes
Clogrennane Wood near Carlow Town offers the user a gentle walk on forest roads with magnificent views of Carlow Town and the River Barrow on a clear day. The area is an old wood and has had forestry cover present since the 1800's. The predominant tree species in Clogrennane are beech, spruce, larch and oak with vegetation consistent with that of an old woodland – bluebells, ferns, wild garlic and herb rocket.


Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum and Nore River Walk

Distance from Kilgraney House to Inistiogue: 25.1km (15.6 miles) Travel time 50 minutes
Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located in the picturesque village of Inistioge on the banks of the River Nore. The gardens were once regarded as one of the great gardens of Ireland and Kilkenny County Council has embarked on an ambitious scheme of restoration. River side walk along the River Nore from Inistiogue village.