A jewel of a county with a wealth of scenery and history – from rich pastureland and colourful mountains to the deep and historical Barrow River Valley. Everywhere in the landscape is the resonance of her ancient pre-Celtic past. A county of green, vibrant colours, whose welcoming people are much given to outdoor and sporting activities, such as gentle river cruising, golf or even hang gliding on Mount Leinster.
Kilkenny is the Creative Heart of Ireland, where heritage and history, environmental harmony, crafts and architecture combine to create an all-pervading spirit of excellence. With Ireland’s Medieval Capital at its heart, County Kilkenny offers the South East’s finest countryside, a pretty, rich farmland dotted with medieval ruins, solid stone walls, charming villages and a host of historic monuments including Jerpoint Abbey, one of Ireland’s finest monastic settlements. Regal, majestic and ancient, overlooking the brooding River Nore, Kilkenny Castle, now fully restored has stood sentinel at this important river crossing for perhaps 900 years.
The Barrow Way follows the towpath, originally a path alongside the River Barrow to allow the pulling of barges or boats for transport. 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.
Other Walks :The Slieve Margy Way Clogrennane Wood Looped Walk, Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum and Nore River Walk.
Kilkenny Castle – A 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler Family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. The 19th century Picture Gallery is 45 metres long and contains many Butler portraits as well as some fine tapestries.
Other Attractions :Altamount Gardens,Brownshill Dolmen, Duiske Abbey, Borris House, Jerpoint Abbey, Kells Priory and St Canices Cathedral
There are an impressive variety of golfing facilities within a short drive from Kilgraney House. Borris Golf Club, Mount Wolseley, Gowran Park Golf Club and Mount Juliet Golf Club.
Other Pursuits Include: Eco Trails, Hourse Riding, Fishing, Horse Racing and Canoeing.
Listing of local restaurants to follow shortly.