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The River Valley ( Route 2)

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The River Valley Tour is based around Kilkenny City, New Ross, Borris, and back to Kilkenny City. Distance: 105km.(65 miles) Craft trails, stone-arch bridges, and monastic sites are just some of the discoveries on this enchanting journey.

Craft trails, stone-arch bridges, monkey-puzzle avenues and monastic sites are just some of the discoveries on this enchanting drive.
Distance: 105km:(65 miles:)approx.
The necklace of towns and villages threaded along the river valley intertwine as you pass from one to the next coning within kissing distance before shying away again. From Craft trails, stone-arch bridges, monkey-puzzle avenues and monastic sites are just some of the discoveries on this enchanting journey along the Rivers Nore and Barrow.

There’s no end of potential stop-offs on this route – ranging from river views to heritage husks like Jerpoint Abbey, or the bustling shops and cafes tucked away in the towns themselves.
Discover a deserted medieval town at Jerpoint Park, or dip into the Made in Kilkenny Craft Trail sampling handmade candles in Bennettsbridge, the flour mill that serves as Nicholas Mosse’s pottery studio, or vibrant ceramics in Thomastown

Continuing south through the Nore Valley (via R700) at Inistioge, don’t miss Woodstock Gardens, home to the longest monkey-puzzle avenue in Europe. After New Ross (via R729), this route swaps the River Nore for the River Barrow, veering north through St. Mullin’s, Graiguenamanagh and Borris, before returning to Kilkenny. The River Barrow was a motorway before motorways existed, as the heritage jewels along its banks testify – grand treasures such Duiske Abbey. At St. Mullin’s, scramble up the old Norman motte for a smashing panorama over the gorge and gravestones below. Further North visit Borris House, the ancestral home of The Kings of Leinster.

Places to see on route
Kilkenny Castle
Rothe House
Jerpoint Abbey
Jerpoint Park
Woodstock Gardens
The Dunbrody Experience
Ros Tapestry
Duiske Abbey
Borris House
Reptile Village, Gowran