Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds

5 Days | Medieval villages and green pastures deep in the Irish heartlands

5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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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.

Trip overview

Map of Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds including Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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?

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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.


Map of Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds including Ireland



4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Bicycle, On foot


Comfortable Hotel (4 nights)

  • 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
  • Dungarvan - Waterford Greenway E-Bike Tour
  • Waterford - Day Trip by Train
  • Cork - guided food tour
  • Cork - English Market visit
Add on activities
  • Kilkenny - Rothe House & Garden - EUR8
  • Kilkenny - Castle Visit - EUR8
  • Kilkenny - The Kilkenny Famine Experience Guided Tour - Free
  • Waterford - Mount Congreve Gardens - EUR10
  • Waterford - guided city tour - EUR20
  • Waterford - House of Waterford Crystal - EUR14
  • Waterford - Wall Art Project - Free
  • Dublin - St Patrick Cathedral - EUR8
  • Dublin - Guinness Storehouse - EUR25

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Important notes

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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5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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Martin · Traveled May 2023
Our trip to the Kilkenny area was a treat. Our guide, Fionnuala, was great - she provided just the right amount of historical information mixed with all local info we needed on pubs, restaurants, and local sites.
Review submitted 15 May 2023

Frances · Traveled July 2022
Kilkenny makes an excellent base for this lively tour of SE Ireland. The activities are well-varied and provide a good introduction to the area. Our guide, Fionnuala, and everyone associated with the tour was extremely knowledgeable and made the activities fun and interesting.
Review submitted 08 Aug 2022

Shelby · Traveled June 2022
Our guide, Fionnuala, really made the experience incredible. She grew up in Ireland and had so many stories to share. The inclusions on the trip were amazing. I loved the hurling lesson and the bike ride! We saw such stunning areas of Ireland. Absolutely thrilled with this experience!
Review submitted 07 Jul 2022

Phyllis · Traveled June 2022
The Intrepid trip, Kilkenny and Surrounds was truly wonderful. We learned so much about Ireland and spent a good deal of time outdoors, biking, hiking, visiting a farm with sheep and working dog, abbeys and gardens and other historical sites. It was our first trip to Ireland and we had an extraordinary guide who was both knowledgeable and responsive. We especially loved that the trip was a small group.
Review submitted 27 Jun 2022

Melanie · Traveled May 2022
Kilkenny is a fun town with many sights to visit and great places to eat and drink. The bike ride to Watertown and hike near Kilkenny provided us with a great active day seeing the countryside of Ireland. The first stop to see sheepherding was a tour highlight. A beautiful farm had great views of the area. The Glendalough site is filled with amazing historic ruins. Great pubs and great shopping in Kilkenny. A wonderful vacation with my family (2 kids in their 20's and 2 adults in their 50's).
Review submitted 31 May 2022
Ireland: Kilkenny & Surrounds
ZAR  36,970