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Thomastown to Inistioge Walk, Ireland

One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk. The trail follows the River Nore from Thomastown to Inistioge.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  The Nore Valley Walk is the flagship project of Trail Kilkenny. The walk will stretch from Kilkenny city to Inistioge and follow the... more »

Tips:  Parking: parking is available in Thomastown village or in Thomastown GAA pitch

Provisions: Thomastown and Inistioge are full of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Thomastown

Thomastown, historically known as Ballymacandan[1] (Irish: Baile Mhic Andáin), is a town in County Kilkenny in the province of Leinster in the south-east of Ireland. It is a lively market town along a stretch in the River Nore which is known for its salmon and trout, with a number of historical landmarks in the vicinity. Visitor attractions... More

Enjoy the natural food of the Watergarden Cafe where light lunches, salads, soups and home baked cakes are served in a relaxed and peaceful environment. The ethos is on using organic and local ingredients where possible. Stroll through the beautiful walled and stream side gardens, then browse the garden shop and art gallery. The Watergarden was... More

Jackie Hoyne’s iconic Blackberry Café is housed in a historic, award-winning building in the heart of Thomastown. Dedicated to local food produce, it serves quality foods using local suppliers, such as Knockdrinna cheese and pork products, locally grown fruit and vegetables and employs traditional recipes. Cakes, tarts and scones are baked fresh... More

Sol Bistro is an intimate bistro restaurant in the centre of Thomastown. The ethos of the restaurant, like that of it's sister restaurant Cafe Sol in Kilkenny City, is to provide good, honest, local food freshly cooked and tastefully presented at value for money prices. (Closed Monday and Tuesday nights).

Where: Low Street, Thomastown, Co... More

Mary Teehan, award winning chef, creates high-quality chocolates and truffles using only the freshest cream, butter, nuts, spices and natural flavours. Everything is made by hand to provide an experience that stimulates all senses. Carefully selected chocolate delivers richer and deeper flavours in the spirit of bringing chocolate to life.... More

6. made in Kilkenny craft trail - Earthworks Ceramics

Earthworks artists Karen Morgan, Caroline Dolan and Oonagh Anderson invite you to visit their studio, watch them work and enjoy the idyllic 17th century watermill gallery setting.
Discover the individual dynamic styles of the artists who are continually developing and creating new, exciting and original
pieces that are beautifully handcrafted and ... More

7. made in Kilkenny - Clay Creations

Clay Creations ceramic studio and Gallery is located in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Brid Lyons designs and hosts a wide variety of contemporary ceramic pieces, original designs and sculptural work. Brid’s sculptural works are creative in
form with vibrant glazes creating a unique character for each piece. A visit is a must for every ceramic... More

8. Thomastown GAA pitch / Grennans Castle

The Nore Valley Walk passes the Thomastown GAA pitch and joins the river bank. Follow the Green arrows along the river bank in the direction of Inistioge.

The valley is dominated by Grennan Castle, standing on an elevated mound which at one time was surrounded by a moat. The Castle was built around 1200 by Thomas FitzAnthony who gave his name to... More

9. Entry onto Rock Road

On leaving the Coillte forest follow the green arrows left along the Rock Road.

Ballyduff House, built in 1760, is set in glorious parkland overlooking the river Nore. It is the beautiful home of Brede Thomas who, as well as running the B&B also farms. The setting is totally unspoiled which is almost unique in this part of Ireland.

Ballyduff House - Thomastown - Co. Kilkenny - Ireland
Tel. +353 (0) 56 775 8488

11. Brownsbarn Forest

Brownsbarn Wood is a broadleaf forest on the banks of the River Nore. The trail contains walkways and a bench to stop and admire the view.

12. Brownsbarn Wood to River Nore

On leaving Brownsbarn Wood follow the green arrow markers down the road (turn left), when the road meets the Brownsbarn Bridge turn right in the direction of Inistioge and over the stile to the river bank.

13. Inistioge Village

Inistioge is a picturesque village in South kilkenny. It is the perfect place to finish your walk with a number of cafes and restaurants.