Kilkenny’s Outdoor Adventure Boost


Kilkenny has received a significant boost for its outdoor recreation facilities with a funding of nearly €1 million. This investment is set to enhance the county’s outdoor adventure tourism, with major projects already lined up.

Castlecomer Discovery Park The park is set to receive €500,000 for the development of a 6.9km bike trail, which will later extend to 8.5km. The first phase includes the trail, signage, seating, bike parking, and associated site works.

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum An amount of €200,000 is allocated for the Accessibility and Inclusivity Enhancement scheme, aimed at creating an accessible environment for all visitors, regardless of their abilities.

Ennisnag Look Walk The new Ennisnag Look Walk Walking Trail and Amenity Area will be developed with €198,000 funding. It will feature a 2.3km loop walk and upgrades to the Orchard riverside amenity area, including interpretative signage.

The funding, announced by Minister Heather Humphreys under the Our Rural Future programme, is a testament to the government’s commitment to improving local amenities. Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick welcomed the funding, particularly for Castlecomer Discovery Park’s bike trail, noting its potential to enhance local community development and attract tourism and business to north Kilkenny.