The Barrow River

Boat lovers who favor their free time to relax and unwind, spend time cruising up and down the river. The peak season runs from May-October where cruisers, barges and canoeist’s so enjoy time in Graiguenamanagh. To relax and absorb the breathtaking view of nature’s water birds, wildlife and sights is spectacular. In 1999 Graiguenamanagh Regatta Committee, developed their project “The Boat House” which offers facilities for all – public toilets, changing rooms and showers unfortunately due to the Covid-19 only toilets will be in use this summer 2021.

The annual Graiguenamanagh River Regatta, which has been run in Graiguenamanagh since 1857 to date, takes place every August Bank Holiday weekend. The event over the past years upholds cot racing, low and high diving competitions and swimming races, which covers all age groups and categories. It is an event which yearly attracts more and more to watch, participate, cheer and admire the skills displayed in all competitive areas passed down through generations. All are welcome to take part in the open races.

An Iron Man competition is open for all to take part in at the river and music entertainment to suit all in the open (weather permitting) and more. This weekend is one not to be missed. unfortunately, this event will be cancelled this year due to Covid-19

On Monday afternoon Graiguenamanagh’s Rowing Club display the admiration, skill and commitment to the rowers as annual races are held in Graiguenamanagh. Rowing Clubs from other counties in Ireland come to take part in this racing event. display the admiration, skill and commitment to the rowers as annual races are held in Graiguenamanagh. Rowing Clubs from other counties in Ireland come to take part in this racing event.

Local Night Life

Local Night LifeFrom the town of 2,900 people, Graiguenamanagh is well endowed with public houses, which has no less than 7 licensed establishments which provide food, music and a cold beverage.

Many of the pubs provide regular music from jazz to rock throughout the year. Parties are also available for special occasions that can be held in a number of the local public houses, on the night where food is supplied and served. If that’s not your scene many of the pubs provide a more relaxed, sedate atmosphere, ranging from modern, newly furnish bars to old traditional pubs full characters with many a tale to tell.

All pubs provide you with a friendly, helpful and a relaxing atmosphere.


Borris Golf ClubFor nearest course see

To relax why not enjoy a game of golf on Borris Golf Club just an 8 minute drive from Graiguenamanagh. Gowran Park Golf Club is just a 16 minute drive from Graiguenamanagh. Also Mount Juliet Golf Course in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny a 15 minute drive from Graiguenamanagh.

Edward Hayden Cookery School

Edward Hayden Cookery SchoolEdward Hayden, known to many from his weekly cookery appearances on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’ has his very own boutique cookery school. The state of the art cookery school, based in his native Graiguenamanagh in Co. Kilkenny hosts a range of Hayden’s very popular cookery demonstrations as well as hands on tuition, private dining functions, children’s cookery workshops and corporate team building events. Edward’s Cookery School is just a 4 minute walk from Killvarra B&B
Prospective clients and cookery enthusiasts can find out more information or peruse the course schedule on Edward’s website,

National Reptile Zoo

National Reptile ZooHere at the National Reptile Zoo we want to increase understanding of the world’s reptiles and amphibians. We want to conserve animals and their habitats as well as to offer opportunities for learning and enjoyment to the public.

Open 10am to 6pm, seven days a week, year round, with over 50 exhibits, Animal Encounter Zone, Tropical Walk-through Habitat, indoor and outdoor Picnic Area, Snack Bar, Souvenir Shop and Soft Play Area, we can keep the entire family entertained and educated all at once! Book tickets online at

Go with the Flow River Adventures

Go with the Flow River AdventuresRiver Adventures is a unique small business offering whitewater adventures for a family day out or adventure trips for friends. They offer a positive and safe introduction to river adventures, canoeing and river trekking. Guided tours and Canoe hire are also available.

Contact: Charlie Horan
Mobile: +353 (0) 87 2529 700
Office: +353 (0) 56 7801299
Facebook: Go with the Flow River Adventures

Riverboat Adventures

Boat trips on the river Barrow in Graiguenamanagh for the whole family to enjoy.

Please allow up to 60min for a trip as we want to give you as much time on the river as possible.

Contact: Eoin Bolger
Mobile: 085 272 6795
Facebook: Riverboat Adventures

Most of the above are within 15/20 minutes drive from Killvarra B&B.