This July Inistioge is the proud Irish entry for the Entente Florale.

The picturesque village of Inistioge, situated in the Nore Valley, in Co. Kilkenny is a 2 hour drive from Dublin and well worth a stop for anyone heading to Kilkenny city. . The drive along the winding country roads to get there is one of the prettiest inland routes in Ireland.

Inistioge was a Viking settlement, located at the lowest crossing point of the River Nore. In 1169 the area was granted to the Norman knight, Thomas FitzAnthony he established an Augustinian Priory here in 1206.

Famous for its St Columb Cille’s Holy Well, tucked away in the north-east of the village has an elaborate entrance which incorporates 16th Century carved stone panels which were probably salvaged from the Priory.

The Butler family, of Kilkenny Castle fame, were granted these lands in 1566.

The recently restored Woodstock gardens are spectacular and there is an abundance of river paths and woodland walks for visitors to enjoy. After exploring the area refreshments in one of the excellent restaurants or pubs are highly recommended. In recent times it has been used as a film location. The film adaption of Maeve Binchy’s book ‘ Circle of Friends’ was set here.

At  we are happy to recommend day trips beyond Dublin to our guests.