Roam the Marble City on Two Wheels
Cycle Kilkenny Bike Hire has announced a new Countywide network of cycle hire hubs, opening up Kilkenny’s most historic and scenic areas for visitors to explore at their own pace on two wheels.
There are six different hire centres – at Inistioge, Thomastown, Windgap, Callan, Castlecomer and Graiguenamanagh – each one offering a choice of standard and electric bikes for full or half-day hire and a selection of stunning routes to appeal to cyclists of all abilities and interests.
- One day and half day bike hire
- Standard and electric bikes
- Helmets and high-vis vests included
- Recommended routes and details of local attractions supplied
Take the Wheel to the Real Kilkenny
There are suggested routes/loops for each location which take you away from the main roads and into the heart of the Marble County:
Callan Kells Priory Loop
Kilcoran, Kells Loop Walk, Kells Priory,
Callan Famine Graveyard
23.7 km. 77 mins cycling. Rise: 118m. Fall: 115m
Callan Killamery Loop
Callan Famine Graveyard, Kilamery High Cross,
Mullinahone (Killaghy Castle) and Bowers Wood.
29.8 km. 96 mins cycling. Rise: 116m. Fall: 119m
Windgap Lingaun Loop
Killamery High Cross, Michael Hogan’s Grave,
Lingaun Valley, Knockroe Passage Tomb
20.9 km. 70 mins cycling. Up: 162m. Down: 169m
Windgap Ahenny Loop
Knockroe Passage Tomb, Ahenny High Crosses,
Tullahought loop walk and viewing tower
16.3 km. 63 mins cycling. Up: 207m. Down: 212m
Thomastown Kilfane Glen Loop
Kilfane, Kilfane Glen & Waterfall , Kiljames
12.6 km. 44 mins cycling. Up: 121m. Down: 121m.
Thomastown to Inistioge
Mostly quiet roads. Mill Road outside Inistioge is a quiet secondary road partially shaded by trees.
9.5 km. 40 mins cycling. Up: 147m. Down: 170m
Inistioge to Thomastown
The Rock Road follows the river, views over the River
Nore. Roadside picnic & viewing spot.
8.6 km. 40 mins cycling. Up: 139m. Down: 115m
Inistioge – Knockaderry Loop
A pleasant cycle skirting Woodstock Estate
14.9 km. 69 mins cycling. Up: 282m. Down: 282m
Inistioge to Woodstock Estate
A short trip to Woodstock Estate & Arboretum
5.2 km. 30 mins cycling. Up: 160m. Down: 160m.
Castlecomer to Ballyragget Loop
Old Ballyragget Road and back through forestry
25.3 km. 102 mins cycling. Up: 406m. Down: 407m
Castlecomer to Dunmore Cave Loop
To Dunmore Cave and back via Tinalinton & Old
28.4 km. 105 mins cycling. Up: 369m. Down: 370m.
Graiguenamanagh to St. Mullins
Explore the scenic Barrow Way
8.0 km. 105 mins cycling. Elevation gain: 188m.
Book Your Bike and Plan Your Adventure Today
Visitors can book their bike and plan their adventure directly from:
Inistioge Cois Abhann Community Centre, 086 308 6996.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm. Weekends by appt.
Thomastown The Tower House B&B, 085 101 2754.
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm.
Windgap Lakeside Shop and Tea Rooms, 051 626944.
Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 4pm,
10.30 – 2pm Saturday or by appt
Callan Steppes Bar, 085 154 2775.
Monday – Sunday 9.30am – 8pm.
Castlecomer The Parlour, 083 822 0601
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm
Graiguenamanagh Waterside Guesthouse, 059 972 4246
BOOK YOUR BIKE AND PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY
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