Medieval villages and green pastures deep in the Irish heartlands
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.
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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?
Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
As this trip starts in the morning of Day 1 and ends after 1 pm on the last day, we recommend you arrive a day early and stay an additional night in Dublin before and after the trip. We’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
This trip includes a bike ride and a leisurely hike. While neither are strenuous, both activities can be opted out from should you wish not to partake. Your leader will be at hand to facilitate alternative arrangements for you.
Ireland can be cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, waterproof clothes/umbrella and anything else that you think may be applicable.
As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge (some exceptions may apply). Please ask your booking agent for more details. Keep in mind hotels in Europe may seem small by Australian or American standards, and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together or apart.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1.A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2.This trip starts in the morning at Dublin on Day 1. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Dublin. This trip finishes on Day 5 at Dublin in the early afternoon. Please do not book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
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