Trail Kilkenny is an award winning, non-profit company which formed in 2006 as a result of the work of BNS Rural Development, one of the predecessors of Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP), in the rural tourism and walking trail development sector.

Walking and Hiking
Trail Kilkenny offers a range of scenic walks throughout the county.  Each has its own chararcter, from leisurely walks through country lanes and fields to a peaceful stroll along the river banks.  Those looking for a more challenging route can  trek the hillside paths to the top of Brandon Hill.

The company have eleven looped walking trails developed to Fáilte Ireland and the National Trails Office standards.   Trail Kilkenny also have four on-road cycling routes. Take your own bike on tour or hire one in Kilkenny and explore the Kilkenny countryside on one of the four cycle loops signposted through the county.  As with the walking trails, the cycle trails vary to suit different fitness levels.  Get details on all the trails on the Trail Kilkenny Website:

Trail Kilkenny’s ‘flagship’ project is the Nore Valley Walk, which has received spectacular reviews and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the county.  Local landowners, angling groups and walking clubs were all actively involved in its development and maintenance.

Themed Trails
The Craft and Food Trails are already market leaders in the concept of the ‘themed trail’ sector. The trail members are made up of some of Kilkenny’s most renowned craftspeople and food producers.  Visitors are welcome to their workshops, studios and farm shops around the county.   Events, tastings, demonstrations, cookery courses and workshops of many of the craft and food members can be found on the Trail Kilkenny website: