Inistioge is a picturesque village nestled in the Nore River Valley in County Kilkenny. Surrounded by wooded hills, the quaint square is planted with lime trees and contains 18th century buildings and houses. A multi-arched bridge crosses the river and there are walkways by the riverbank where you can feed the ducks or have a picnic.
Mount Sandford Walk begins in Inistioge and wends its way uphill to Woodstock estate. With outstanding panoramic views of the scenic valley and village, the walk is a little over a mile.
Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum occupies an elevated site overlooking Inistioge. Originally owned by the Tighe family, who lived there for over 150 years, the estate contains a huge collection of trees and plants from all over the world. Unfortunately the 18th century mansion was burned down in the troubles of 1922 and only the ruins remain. But the extensive grounds provide numerous walks including a yew walk, silver fir avenue and the longest monkey puzzle tree walk in Europe (over a mile). Ornamental stairways, beech woods and formal rose gardens with arbors highlight the charming estate. Although the gardens are open free to the public, there is a per car parking fee for the lot next to the gardens. If you walk in it is free.
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