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.
- 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.