Events

05 Aug 2016Inistioge: a walled town

25 May 2016George Brown Memorial Event - June 2016

18 Jun 2015George Brown Memorial Event - June 2015

22 Apr 2015Kilkenny Fleadh Cheoil 2015, Inistioge

26 Jan 2015The Secret Scripture - filming Feb 2-6th

Things to See and Do

The Square, Inistioge

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 / 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.  Click here to download a map of the walk.

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

Woodstock, the conservatory

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.   Admission fee is €4 per car which includes admission for all occupants to the gardens.  Large groups and coaches, price on request.
087 854 9785          www.woodstock.ie 

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

This is a 1790's Romantic era garden, complete with waterfall and cottage Orné. It is open during July and August from 11am to 6pm and situated two miles north of Thomastown, off the N9.  Follow the signpost opposite the Long Man Pub.
056 7724558      www.nicholasmosse.com

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.   
056 7724623

Fishing

Fishing in Inistioge

The Nore is highly rated as a salmon river with the stretch between Inistioge and Thomastown particularly popular during the season.  Fishing is controlled and a license is required which can be obtained in O'Donnell's pub.  Jim Brown is the local expert and can arrange trips for individuals and groups on the river.  More information here 

Boating

Boats moored in Inistioge

The Nore is navigable by boat up as far as the boat slip in Inistioge.  The river is tidal, however, so trips need to be made at high tide.  Despite this many boats travel to the village each summer and the trip to Inistioge is a fun excursion for more experienced boating enthusiasts. 

Click here for a map of the navigation to Inistioge from the Inland Waterways of Ireland (IWAI) web-site.

Golf

There are a numerous golf courses within a short distance of Inistioge of which the following are some of the most popular. 

Mount Juliet

This 18-hole, par 72, 7,100 yards – 6,500 Metres course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in July 1991. The course has already been voted the best inland course in Ireland. Set close to the River Nore, water comes into play on six holes; the beauty of woodland and trees is ever present, while some 80 ever-vigilant bunkers, strategically placed throughout the course, place a premium on accuracy from tee to green.
In September 2002 and September 2004 Mount Juliet played host to the World Golf Championships - American Express Championship, which featured the top 50 golfers in the world. 
056 777 3000       www.mountjuliet.ie

Mountain View Golf Club

Mountainview is a picturesque 18-hole course situated in South Kilkenny (12 miles from Kilkenny and 14 miles from Waterford). The course offers a wide panoramic view of the surrounding areas from various parts of the course. There are two large sized lakes constructed which come into play on six of the holes. This beautiful all-year-round course provides an exciting challenge for the avid golfer. 
056 776 8122      www.mviewgolf.com

Gowran Park Golf Course

This is a wonderful Jeff Howes-designed golf course set amidst the old Annaly Estate in the heart of Co. Kilkenny.  Incorporating a mixture of old established woodland and lakes, this Par 71, 18-hole golf course provides an excellent test for the low handicap golfer whilst also being very enjoyable for the middle to high handicappers.  The newly developed club house and corporate entertainment facilities are especially suited to large corporate groups and societies. 
056 772 6225       www.gowranpark.ie

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