Surrounded by quiet green fields, it’s the perfect place to marvel at the ingenuity of Stone Age man. Next up enjoy 80 acres of woodland and two lakes at Castlecomer Discovery Park – an ideal spot to blow off some steam. Try out ziplining, boating and even a leafy Tree Top Adventure Walk, all set against the beautiful backdrop of woodland and a 17th century stone bridge. From here, follow the River Dinan south to Kilkenny City. Take a stroll through the Butterslip – an old haunt of medieval butter vendors – en route to St Canice’s Cathedral. Known as Kilkenny’s Sacré Coeur, this is a Gothic masterpiece of stained glass and marble, not to mention home to the ghost of Alice Kyteler, Ireland’s first accused witch. Finally, from the summit of the 30m-high round tower, take in the panoramic views of Kilkenny countryside and wave goodbye to Sacred Ireland.
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You'll taste the Michelin star in every bite at Campagne, County Kilkenny. Wild Irish venison, Hereford beef, roast scallops: bliss.