County Kilkenny's centrepiece is, of course, the namesake city. An enduring gift of the Normans, it mesmerises visitors with medieval alleys that wind past the castle, cathedral, ruined abbeys and dynamic modern-day and traditional pubs .
The county too is a delight, a place of rolling hills, where you'll soon run out of adjectives for green. Tiny roads navigate the valleys alongside swirling rivers, moss-covered stone walls and relics of centuries of Irish religious history. Characterful pubs and fine restaurants abound while shamrock-cute Inistioge village may be star of many movies, but it's the real deal, as are towns like Graiguenamanagh, Bennettsbridge and Thomastown. It's no surprise that so many artists and craftspeople have set up shop here.