KILKENNY ARTS WEEK
 
 
 
INISTIOGE, CO KILKENNY
 
 
 
BUTTERFLY VALLEY
GLAMPING, CO KILKENNY
 
 
 
DUNMORE CAVES
KILKENNY
 

INISTIOGE, CO KILKENNY

Inistioge is a beautiful and historic village on the river Nore in South Kilkenny.  Its special character has made it one of the most visited places in the South East of Ireland for many decades.

Nestling in the Nore valley it offers some of the best scenery in the region particularly in the recently restored gardens of the Woodstock estate.  There is lots to do and when you tire of river paths and woodland hikes you can choose to eat and drink in one of the excellent restaurants and pubs.

Inistioge offers visitors a host of activities to take part in, sights to see and places to relax.  Here we outline a few things you might enjoy during your visit.

 

INISTIOGE VILLAGE

Many visitors enjoy a walk around the village taking in the tree-lined square and then down to the river.  The green area by the river is delightful and if you continue under the bridge you will be able to see Mount Sandford Castle, a folly, which is hidden in the trees.  A wildlife guide will help you identify the birds and animals you will encounter.

Behind the churches is the graveyard where you can examine the ruins of the 13th Augustinian Priory and the Mausoleum with Mary Tighe, of Woodstock House, is buried.  Moving on to Hatchery Lane, behind the Catholic Church, you can visit St. Colmcille's Well.  Woodstock Heritage Museum is not far away on High St.  Here you can examine the history of Woodstock and the village.

 

TRAILS AND WALKS

A riverside walk has been developed between Inistioge and Thomastown.

Starting in the town of Thomastown go south across the bridge and follow the green arrows to the Thomastown GAA pitch. Walk along the border of the GAA pitch to the river bank. From Inistioge: Approaching form the village square, arrive at the riverbank and turn left along the river.

 

WOODSTOCK GARDENS AND ARBORETUM

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located within a mile of village. The gardens were once regarded as one of the great gardens of Ireland and Kilkenny County Council has undertaken a major of restoration.  There are over 50 acres of formal gardens and parkland dating from the Victorian period.  The gardens offer the visitor a wide variety of interesting features such as the Flower Terraces, the Winter Garden, the Monkey Puzzle Walk, the Noble Fir Walk, and the Arboretum with its rare collection of trees from all over the world.  The Dovecote and the curious Grotto provide an interesting focal point in the gardens.

www.woodstock.ie

 

JERPOINT ABBEY

Jerpoint was built around 1160 by the King of Ossory, Donal MacGillapatrick, for the Benedictine monks.  In 1180, it was taken over by Cistercian monks from Baltinglass Abbey.  By 1228 the population of the abbey had reached 36 monks and 50 brothers.  The monastery was self-contained, and included its own gardens, watermills, infirmary, cemetery, kitchens, granary, stables and other outbuildings.   At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540 the abbey was granted on lease to James, the Earl of Ormond by the English crown. The lease included some 6,000 hectares of land belonging to the Abbey, watermills, cottages, weirs, fisheries and a castle.  It is situated on the N9 a short distance south of Thomastown.