Lads’ Weekend in Kilkenny
A first-class signature experience, a quality bar, and a bit of adventure are the perfect ingredients for a memorable and laid back get-together with the lads. With the ease of getting around the Marble City with a group, it’s no wonder Kilkenny makes the perfect destination for your weekend away. Get your ready-made itinerary here - the lads will be so impressed with your research! Step into the unknown and jettison from a precipice at Ireland's longest zip-line in Castlecomer Discovery Park or throw caution to the wind navigate your canoe through weirs, dams and spillways experiences on the water. Try it if you're brave enough.
Kilkenny is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adrenalin fuelled thrills.
Kilkenny’s Smithwick’s Experience
Start the weekend right at Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, with an in-depth insight into the extraordinary brewing traditions of one of the nation’s finest ales. To discover the secrets to perfecting this 300-year old brew, nothing beats getting stuck in yourself. As part of the experience, you’ll have a chance to mill the malt, stir the mash and smell the hops before tucking in to the perfect tasting of this unique Irish ale.
- Just a ten minute walk from Kilkenny Castle in the heart of the city.
- For bookings, visit smithwicksexperience.com
Go with the Flow Adventures
Blow off the cobwebs with the thrills and spills of an exhilarating white-water kayaking experience on Kilkenny’s riverways. Charlie and his team will treat you to a 3-hour kayak experience during which you’ll shoot the weirs and waterfalls, ride the rapids and tog out for a wild swim! This is a half-day tour that’s brimming with adventure and bound to satisfy adrenaline junkies; but be prepared for a proper dunking because there’s never a dull moment with Go with the Flow Adventures.
- Just a 20-min drive from Kilkenny City.
- A half-day tour costs €35pp with discounts for groups over 15.
- Visit www.gowiththeflowadventures.com
A round of golf at the Nicklaus designed Golf Course, Mount Juliet
To the Manor born! Live like a Lord with a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course at the prestigious Mount Juliet Estate. Home to the World Golf Championship and a number of Irish Opens, the course is one of the longest in the country and features perfect fairways and immaculate greens that attract top professional golfers from all around the world. Non-golfers of the group could try out fishing, archery or falconry on the estate. Look out for special offers and green fees Mount Juliet Estate.
For a challenging round, check out Mountain View Golf Course. Mountain View opened its gates in 1996 and boasts 18 holes of breathtaking golf over 120 acres of rolling countryside in Ballyhale. The course consists of sweeping fairways, imaginative bunkers, elegant water features, sensational views and superbly manicured sand-based Tee’s & Greens ensuring year round play. With a fantastic clubhouse restaurant this is worthwhile for the panoramic scenery.
These are just two of six beautiful golf courses throughout Kilkenny, make the time…..you won’t regret it.
Whiskey tasting in the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
The stylish and lively atmosphere of the award-winning Hibernian Bar makes an ideal spot to settle down for a quality drink. With over 60 whiskeys behind the bar, the Irish Whiskey-tasting Experience is a must! Choose from a variety of packages, according to your budget and palate, and enjoy three pours of distinguished whiskey with their Whiskey Tasting Flight, for a refreshing way to start the night.
- The Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is right in the centre of the city.
- Look out for special offers like the Whiskey Warmer Package on www.kilkennyhibernianhotel.com