Boat Tours in Ireland

Join us on one of our multi award winning
boat trips in Ireland’s South East.

Tours of Kilkenny

Join us on the historic river Nore as it flows
through Kilkenny city.

Boat Tours in Ireland

Join us on one of our multi award winning
boat trips in Ireland’s South East.

Top Tours

See the medieval city of Kilkenny via the ancient river Nore in a traditional Irish Open-Boat. Witness the city’s built heritage as you drift beneath its 12th century Castle, graceful Cathedrals and imposing Round Tower. Relax, unwind and drift back to a bye gone era as life gently slows to the meandering speed of the river. Listen, spot and watch the river wildlife that make Kilkenny their home, including Kingfishers, Otters and Salmon. Explore the folklore and histories of Kilkenny with a storytelling boat Skipper. See Kilkenny as the first visitors did, entering the city by boat; and capture unique castle views, lush river environments and historical vistas.

Cliff Reid wearing an Irish Bootstrapper Cap
Top of Kilkenny castle above trees

Welcome to Boat Trips – Kilkenny

Award winning boat tours

Absolutely stunning and unique experience in Kilkenny! Loved every minute of our boat trip with Cliff! He is so naturally easy-going, friendly and welcoming! Thanks to him we got to know some urban legends and tips on visiting further sights in Killkenny. The boat trip was relaxing and a real gem of our visit! Cant thank Cliff enough for the chance he gave our daughter to drive the boat. She felt really excited and plans to do it again” (Katya Ozler)

• Location: River Nore – Kilkenny City – Ireland’s Ancient East
• Storytelling Skippers: Local Folklore – City Myths – Witch Trials – River Legends
• Built Heritage: Kilkenny Castle – Cathedrals – Round Tower – Greens Bridge
• Wildlife: Kingfishers – Otters – Dragon Flies – Salmon – Wild Flowers
• Scenery: Grand Architecture – Wild Riverscapes – Pristine Waters
• Photo Opportunities: Unique Insta Moments 

"Once in a Lifetime Experience!"

My mum and I really enjoyed our time out on the boat with Cliff, he made sure that we got some lovely photographs under the castle that we will have as a keepsake forever now! If your looking to pass some time on your trip to Kilkenny and want to get another perspective on the city for sure head on this boat trip! 🛶Very enjoyable! Thanks again!

– Emer and Mary

"Most amazing boat trip"

We had a most amazing boat trip here. Everything was perfect. My 3 kids had a ball. We would highly recommend this. A lovely day I Kilkenny castle followed by this beautiful boat trip. Fabulous!

– Ciara Brennan

"Fantastic Day Trip"

Cliff runs a fantastic day trip, he is the perfect personality as a guide. He took us on an additional tour of the Lough and was very patient in taking our group photos and explaining the sights. Would highly recommend it either as a group or even as a couple. We will definitely be back when we are in Carlow again.

– Shauna Smyth


Ship’s Blog

The Grand Canal by John Reid

The Grand Canal by John Reid

John Reid, a native of Athy, spent his younger years by the banks of the Grand Canal. His experiences and memories have been beautifully remembered in this song by him, “THE GRAND CANAL”

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

A brief history and overview of Kilkenny Castle which sits on the river Nore in Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Boat Trips Gallery

Below is a selection of photos/images that hopefully provides some insight to the fun and adventure that awaits you on the water. We are really passionate about the river and making the most of this outdoor playground that is the river Nore.

wedding photos kilkenny
A couple on red tour boat in river Nore under Kilkenny Castle
Carlow Boat Trip
Two ladies on a boat in Kilkenny. Kilkenny castle in background.
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