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.

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.

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… 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

Ask about a private whiskey-tasting area for your group.

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Go with the Flow River Adventures

Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

Hibernian House

Smithwicks Experience

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Go with the Flow River Adventures

Rose Inn Street, Borris, Kilkenny

087 2529700

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Looking to get the family active in outdoor activities – then this is the perfect opportunity for you! Go with The Flow brings you adventurous Canoeing trips in Kilkenny. Our unique experience offers you the chance to explore the beautiful countryside of Kilkenny by taking you into beautiful, unspoilt and exciting waterways. Our charismatic instructors will guide you along exclusive trails and show you how to shoot weirs and ride the rapids. We will pass through dramatic landscapes, mysteries wooded valleys and old navigations once used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple. Bring a picnic, visit the playground of The Incredible Mr Kavanagh and take a swim in tranquil sheltered waters of our favourite remote pools.

Mount Juliet Estate Hotel

Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

056 7773000

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Mount Juliet Estate offers elegant and luxurious Kilkenny hotel accommodation steeped in history and heritage, magnificent gardens, a world renowned golf course and fine dining which has been awarded 1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes. Unfold the beauty that lies behind 1,500 acres of picturesque woodland, choose between the luxurious and generously proportioned Manor House, the tranquil and elegant Hunters Yard or for those who prefer self-catering options, indulge in the old warm charm of the Rose Garden or Chauffeurs Lodges.

Hibernian House

5 Patrick St, Gardens, Kilkenny

056 7764848

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Hibernian guest house incorporates the best of both worlds when it comes to the luxury of a hotel and the home away from home, relaxed and personable feel of a guest house. With a limited amount of rooms available, you can be sure that one of our friendly members of staff will be at hand at any point during your stay to meet any need you may have. With a small number of guests under the one roof it is a much more personal experience than that of a hotel filled with hundreds of guests. Making friends during your stay is not uncommon. Queuing for check-in or breakfast will never be an issue, with fewer rooms and fewer guests it provides a peaceful, relaxing environment and gives you more time to enjoy your break in Kilkenny City. Another benefit of our guesthouse is the cost compared to that of a hotel. Guesthouses in general are much more reasonably priced and the same goes for Hibernian House with B&B from as little as €58 per night. The rooms in our charming, quaint guesthouse are styled in rich tones and each features a television and coffee making facilities. We supply Free WIFI which is available throughout the guesthouse

Smithwicks Experience

44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny

056 7786377

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Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other.