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Nore Valley Walk - (Thomastown to Inistioge Section)
InistiogeCo. Kilkenny
Walking Natural landscape
Walk among the pastoral Nore Valley landscape on this charming 11km trail in County Kilkenny. Connecting Inistioge to Thomastown, you’ll enjoy the valley’s abundance of natural beauty.

A mix of riverbank, forest and road, the linear Inistioge to Thomastown trail is the third section of the three-leg Nore Valley Walk.

Taking three hours to complete and easy underfoot, this stretch of the idyllic Nore Valley Walk takes you through diverse countryside, pastoral lands and woodland rich in flora and fauna.

You’ll pass historic architectural gems at Georgian Ballyduff House and the ruins of both Grennan Castle and Dysart Castle. The River Nore environment, the grassy banks of which you’ll follow, is home to all manner of wonderful wildlife; from salmon to bats - so keep your eyes peeled.

At the trail’s end in the picturesque market town of Thomastown, you’ll find plenty of places to eat, drink and relax among County Kilkenny’s delightful scenery.

Trail details
Type
linear
Grade
Easy
Length
11km
Estimated time
3 hours
Why we like it
  • Ballyduff House, which you’ll pass on the trail, is a glorious Georgian country house set on stunning parkland. From here you’ll also pass through the charming broadleaf Brownsbarn Wood.
  • You’ll pass two castle ruins on this trail. The 13th-century Grennan Castle was built by Strongbow’s son-in-­law. The second historic castle you’ll find is Dysart Castle, it was the childhood home of Irish philosopher Bishop George Berkeley.
  • Noted for its salmon, the River Nore is also home to crayfish and otters. The arches of its bridges are also popular spots for Daubenton bats in nestle in. 
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