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North Kilkenny Cycle Loop
Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny
Free to visit
North Kilkenny Cycle Loop route winds its way through rural North Kilkenny bringing the cyclist through beautiful countryside, river side roads and rural laneways. This route is 27kms and it is estimated to take approx.1.5hr-2.5hrs.

Leaving the Trail Kilkenny Kiosk, cycle down the hill and turn right at the traffic lights onto Rose Inn Street. Cross Johns Bridge and continue to the traffic lights. Turn left at the junction and continue past Padmore & Barnes. Follow the road to the left along Greensbridge Street and go straight through the junction with New Street onto Greens Hill. Follow this road and keep left to take the Bleach Road. Follow this route for 6km until roundabout at Hennebry’s Cross.

Turn right and then take the first exit off the roundabout onto the N78. After 3km turn left at Ballyrafton Wood and continue for 1km until you meet a T junction. Turn right and take an immediate left up a laneway to Jenkinstown Park.

Return back to the main road and turn left, after 1.5km turn right and follow the road until it rejoins the N78. Turn left and after 1km turn right towards Dunmore Cave. Passing the turn for Dunmore Cave continue up hill to a T-junction.

Turn right and follow the road for 3km until you come to a T-junction. Turn right at this junction and continue along the road back to Kilkenny city. You pass over the bridge on the Ring road and turn right at a small roundabout onto the Castlecomer Road. After 200 metres turn right onto Greens Hill and follow this road across the New Road onto Greensbridge Street.

Turn right onto Michael Street and at the next cross roads turn right onto John Street. Follow this street across John’s Bridge and the Trail Kilkenny Kiosk is on the Parade on the left.

Kilkenny on the Road Cycling Route.

Lenght: 27kms

Estimated time: 1.5hr-2.5hrs.

Terrain: River side roads and rural laneways

Traffic: Caution when cycling along N78 and turning onto Dunmore Cave laneway.

Grade Leisure self sufficient cyclists.

Minimum Gear: spare tube, pump, liquids, food, mobile phone.

Trail details

Road Cycling Trail
North Kilkenny
    Time:2 hours
    Nearest town start:Kilkenny
    Nearest town finish:Kilkenny
    Start point:The Parade in Kilkenny
    Finish point:The Parade in Kilkenny
    Waymarking:White signs with blue text
Contact details
North Kilkenny,Co Kilkenny
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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