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There’s no doubt about it – Kilkenny is some craic. But its not all Saturday night !

A river runs through it – and a right good one too.

Paddling down under the bridges, past the famous brewery and under the castle walls you get a sense of the city from a different perspective. But very quickly you begin to appreciate why it so important to get out of the commercial heart and into the natural heart.

Dotted along the River Nore are the remains of old mills some very old indeed. A reminder of days gone by when the city thrived on brewing and baking. That trade like the mills is nearly all gone. The river meanders through old estates and studs. the horses and ponies look keenly on as you pass. Also keeping you company along the way are the walkers on the Nore valley way. A purpose build river walk to Bennettsbridge.  Watch out for the kingfishers and the otters who command many stretched of the waterway.

Bennettsbridge still supports many craft industries like leather, pottery and candle making so leave a little time at the end to check these out.

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