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A Guide to Holidaying in Kilkenny with Teenagers


Kilkenny is packed with adventure activities for teenagers. From canoeing and kayaking to zip lines and ghost tours, Kilkenny is a haven for teenagers who want a bit of escapism and adrenalin filled action. Here Kilkenny Tourism has lined up its top action packed activities for teenagers this Summer:

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Kayaking in Graignamanagh

Kayaking in Graignamanagh is a great way to keep teenagers entertained while taking in the picturesque Kilkenny countryside. Go with the Flow and Pure Adventure are two companies who will provide you with an amazing and unforgettable kayaking experience. Whether it’s still water canoeing or whitewater rafting, the fun is endless. 

Whitewater activities offer all the thrills and spills you’re after and you’re certainly in the right place in Graignamanagh; let the instructors take you on a memorable journey. You will be shooting weirs and waterfalls, riding the rapids, all safe in the knowledge that you are in good hands. You decide how wet n’ wild you want it. You can go all out or take it easy!

In contrast to the heart racing whitewater activities, the still water canoeing tours are relaxing and allow for some chill time. Cruising down stream, you’ll be able to pass by and enjoy some Medieval landmarks along the way. There are also a number of cafes along the riverside where you can park up the kayak and take a breather. Maybe even pack a picnic and stop along the quay where you’re overlooking Mount Brandon and the historic 7 arch stone bridge. 

Pure Adventure also has fantastic and fun kayaking camps for teenagers in the summer where you can meet friends and have the craic! There is so much to do kayaking in Graignamanagh and it’s definitely a teenager hotspot you don’t want to miss!

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Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park is sprawled across 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes. You might want to keep your whole day free when coming here because there are an endless amount of activities for you to try… From Tree Top Walking to Ziplining, from Archery to Axe Throwing and from Mountain Biking to Orienteering, you’ll leave this park a true adventurer!

Tree-Top Adventure Walk – Discover your inner climber by completing the Tree Top Adventure Walk. Walking high above the Sycamore tree tops, 10 metres above the ground, this 140-metre long course gives a birds-eye view of the park to those brave enough to venture up! Climbing Wall – Reach new heights by challenging yourself on their great outdoor climbing wall. There are three climbing routes with varying levels of difficulty for all to enjoy. Go against your buddy and see who makes it the furthest! Zipline – Castlecomer Discovery Park is home to Ireland’s longest zipline. It is 300 metres long and 35 metres over the ground at its highest point. Visitors zip over our stunning woodland, two lakes and 17th-century hand-restored bridge. Octagon – The exhilarating zipline is accompanied by the Octagon High Ropes Course. Set on an octagonal frame over two levels, this presents a series of challenges in the form of nets, ropes, wooden bridges etc. The Octagon is definitely more challenging than the existing Tree-Top Adventure Walk Course so if that wasn’t your thing you might want to skip this one! Archery – The park’s trained instructors will give you a crash course in how to unleash your inner Robin Hood. Feel at one with nature in their woodland archery range. A little warning though… This becomes highly addictive! Axe Throwing – If you enjoyed archery, you’ll fall in love with this! Axe throwing is the latest activity that Castlecomer have added to the Discovery Park. Their awesome axe throwing range is located in the heart of the stunning woodland. Don’t be nervous, the highly trained instructors are there to manage the danger of the axe. You’ll leave this activity as strong as Thor.

Kiltorcan Raceway

Kiltorcan Raceway

Kiltorcan Raceway is one of Ireland’s best karting circuits and is known to be challenging, exhilarating and fun, while still being an extremely safe track. Get your adrenaline pumping racing at seriously fast speeds. They offer a wide range of kart sessions to cater for any experience level, so you may walk in there an amateur but you’ll walk out thinking you’re Lewis Hamilton. It’s great craic going with a couple of your friends and seeing who comes out on top and earns the bragging rights until next time!

You can chill out afterwards in the clubhouse where there’s a pool table and other games to choose from. Kiltorcan Raceway provides a day full of competition.

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The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience

The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience provides a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the world’s Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions – Kilkenny. For teenagers this is such fun! You’ll learn the basic skills by top hurling coaches, playing fun drills and mini competitions against each other all before the big one at the end, the match! Two teams will pit against each other, taking all your tricks and expertise you’ve been practising for the last hour or two in the game. But only one can come out on top! 

If you’re looking to embrace the Kilkenny culture while having serious craic, it’s hard to look past The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience.

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Kilkenny Ghost Tours

Looking to go a bit spookier? Look no further. Recently, Kilkenny was named one of the most haunted places in Europe. Tales of it’s witch hunting past will send a shiver down anyone’s spine. Kilkenny was the first site in Ireland to have a witch trial and ever since, stories of spooky spirits are told. 

The Kilkenny Ghost Tour offers a unique and one of a kind experience that takes place after sunset, when the city is going dark. Guides will walk you through the Medieval capital of Ireland, dressing the whole group up in witch costumes. With its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. 

This experience is one you’ll go home and tell all your friends about, the you went ghost hunting!

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Pizza in Sullivans Taproom

No better way to top off a staycation full of activities and adventures than over a woodfired pizza and ice cold soft drink in one of the coolest places in Kilkenny. Sullivan’s Taproom is in Kilkenny city centre and has a bright and colourful outdoor area with a great vibe . Grab yourselves a little hut and enjoy the meal, you deserve it!