Kilkea Estate and Local Attractions

In addition to the challenging 18-hole golf course, Kilkea Castle offers a host of other Estate Activities to choose from just ask our sales team to arrange on your behalf and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Desire to preserve a piece of history in this fast-paced world, which is accessible to the curious traveler seeking meaning in their travels. This pristine location which is steeped in tradition invites guests to reconnect with themselves and the natural environment. 

Kilkea Castle Spa

Our Spa is currently under construction. Once complete it will boast an exercise facility and several treatment rooms. 
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Kilkea Castle offers an 18-hole par 70 championship parkland golf course, measuring 6200 metres. The Course was developed in this magnificent setting beneath the shadow of the 12th century Castle and allows the splendor of the Castle to be viewed from every fairway. The course construction uses the River Greese as a natural hazard flowing through the Castle grounds and estate. You will encounter the river at almost every hole. Two lakes have also been included into the design, adding to the overall challenge.

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Of course, it’s not for nothing that Kildare is known from Australia to Kentucky to the Arabian deserts as the "Thoroughbred County". Come gallop with us through the heartland of Equestrian Ireland. We offer memorable horse-riding experiences and help you discover the thrill of exploring our beautiful countryside on horseback.

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The classic Castle pursuit. It has been around for 15,000 years and now Kilkea Castle makes for an amazing backdrop for your very own version of Game of Thrones. An amazing family sport.

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A noble and ancient sport, falconry offers a unique and memorable experience. The majesty of Falcons, Owls and Hawks can be experienced amidst the backdrop of our historic Castle.

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Athy Boat Tours

Create the perfect boat tour, on the Grand Canal or the River Barrow, whether you wish to enjoy a picnic on board during your tour to Levistown or lunch on the river bank during a day long trip to Maganey. You will definitely have a memorable experience. As you travel along the Barrow Navigation there are some amazing features and breathtaking views. You will get to marvel at the majestic sprawling landscapes, flora & fauna and all the river offers.

Visit an Authentic Irish Pub

Visit an authentic Irish pub that dates back to the 9th century. Moone High Cross Inn is located just one mile from Kilkea Castle. Many celebrities have visited including Clint Eastwood, Sandra Bullock, Jason Patrick and Oliver Reed.

Outdoor Pursuits

Over 5,000 years of history lie buried within the verdant meadows, bustling towns and rugged stone monuments  of Ireland's Ancient East. Each landmark has its stories to tell, as indeed do the locals, who delight in telling tales that are rich in famous battles and magic rituals.


Discover our 180-acre estate or go a little further afield and explore Mullaghreelan Wood, a mixed woodland which was once part of the estate and has two beautiful 2-km overlapping walks. You can extend your walk by exploring the smaller connecting paths and discover the joy of the abundant springtime Bluebells. Trees are a mixture of Native Oak, Ash, Holly and Elder. There are also Buttercups, ground Ivy, Lords and Ladies, and so many more Ferns among the ground Flora.

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Lazy River

Grab a float and a glass of wine and drift along the River Greese.

*Currently available for Group Bookings only. Advance Booking required.

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The River Greese, which flows through the estate, is known for being small but fast-flowing with plenty of deep pools. It is a beautiful clear little river which presents a challenge to the best of fly fishers. All fishing trips must be accompanied by our expert Ghillies. Guests will fish for Trout and Salmon and must have a permit.

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Our newly refurbished tennis courts are ready for guests. Come stay and play!