Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds

01/21/2021 through 09/14/2021
01/21/2021 through 09/17/2021
Intrepid Travel

Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds

Travel to the heart and soul of Ireland’s ancient east on a five-day regional escape from Dublin. Use the historic hub of Kilkenny as your base and get involved in the local Gaelic game of Hurling, watch a live sheep herding demonstration and cosy up in a pub for a lively group whiskey tasting. Cycle the converted Waterford Greenway and discover the river system from Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny on a leisurely hike with your guide. With a range of historic and active inclusions, plus all the hassle taken care of, Ireland’s countryside is all yours to experience.

Activities

  • Wicklow Mountains – Local Picnic Lunch
  • Wicklow Mountains – Sheepfarm Visit & Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Glendalough – Visit to Monastic Site
  • Kilkenny – Dinner at Kyteler Inn Pub
  • Kilkenny – Hurling Experience
  • Kilkenny – Leader-led Walking Tour
  • Kilmacthomas – Waterford Greenway Bike Tour
  • Waterford – Day Trip by Train
  • Bennettsbridge – Hike along the River Nore
  • Kilkenny – Live Music & Whiskey Tasting at a Local Pub

Highlights

  • Learn the tricks of the trade at a local farm, with a live sheep herding demonstration and an insight into a rural way of life, plus a picnic lunch to soak it all in.
  • Try your hand at the Gaelic game of Hurling – one of Ireland’s treasured national sports. After a city tour of Kilkenny, join a local team to hear about its ancient roots and give it a go yourself!
  • Cycle through the lush Irish countryside as you explore the Waterford Greenway – a traffic-free trail built on a disused railway line – and hike along the River Nore to Kilkenny Castle.
  • What’s Ireland without a drink at the pub? Join your small group in Kilkenny for a night of traditional live music and whiskey tasting, celebrating the best of the country.
  • The charm and small-town feel of Ireland is hard to resist. With the option to extend your stay in Kilkenny or the lively and central Dublin, why not discover more of the country?

Itinerary

Day 1 Dublin / Wicklow Mountains / Glendalough / Kilkenny
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Day 2 Kilkenny
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Day 3 Kilmacthomas / Waterford / Kilkenny
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Day 4 Bennettsbridge / Kilkenny
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Day 5 Kilkenny / Dublin
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