South Kilkenny Cycle Loop | Kilkenny Tourism

South Kilkenny Cycle Loop


Trailhead - The Parade, Kilkenny

Distance - 41km

Time - 2 to 3 hours

Terrain - Country roads linking the main towns in south Kilkenny

Traffic - Mainly country roads crossing N and R roads. Caution advised when entering towns.

To Suit - Leisure self sufficient cyclists

Minimum Gear - Spare tube, pump, liquids, food, mobile phone, Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluids, snacks, waterproofs, rucksack

South Kilkenny Cycle Loop Bennettsbridge Stoneyford Kells

Starting point: Trail Kilkenny Kiosk on the Parade

Leaving the Trail Kilkenny Kiosk cycle down the hill and turn right at the traffic lights onto Rose Inn Street past the Tourist Office. Cross John’s Bridge and take the first right to Maudlin Street. Follow Maudlin Street uphill till it meets the Dublin Road. Turn right and follow the cycle lane along the Dublin Road. Continue straight through two roundabouts and take the right turn after the Maxol Petrol station onto Sion Road. Follow this road for 6km and take the left turn to Dunbell and continue for 4km until you come to the Dunbell cross roads. Turn right and continue straight for 3km until you meet a T-Junction with the Gowran Road. Turn right and follow the road for 4km to the village of Bennettsbridge.

In Bennettsbridge cross the bridge and take an immediate left past Nicolas Mosses Pottery. Follow this road for 9km to Ennisnag. At the T-junction turn left and cycle 2km to the village of Stoneyford. As you come into the village, take the first right and cycle uphill in the direction of Kells. Passing Kells Priory, turn right at the crossroads in Kells and continue across the bridge. Take an immediate right and travel 2km along until you take a left turn. Cycle for 2km and take a right at the next T-junction. Follow this route for 3km and take a right at the next T-junction. Turn right at the T-junction and continue to the next T-junction and take a right. After 2km you meet the N10 at Danesfort, turn left in the direction of Kilkenny City. Cycle for 8km and straight through two roundabouts, continue into town and at the next roundabout past the petrol station take the first exit. Follow the cycle path for 400 metres and take the second exit off the next roundabout. Continue along Nuncio Road until you come to a T-junction and take a left back to the Trail Kilkenny kiosk. The Kiosk is on The Parade on your right.

For walking directions, see page 26 and 27 of Trails brochure: Walking, Cycling, Food and Craft Trails in Kilkenny (12mb PDF)

Walking, Cycling, Food and Craft Trails in Kilkenny