Know before you go
Parking informationPlenty of free parking available
Grazing animalsThe grassland of this nature reserve is maintained by grazing cattle in September and October
Most of the terrain is flat and there is a picnic area with benches.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen access throughout the year
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
The unimproved limestone grassland at Kilkenny is rich in wildflowers. There are abundant populations of plants such as autumn gentian, along with orchids like common spotted, pyramidal, and the often overlooked twayblade. The flowers attract large numbers of insects, including the Duke of Burgundy and chalkhill and small blue butterflies. Kestrels are often seen hunting small mammals and there are many small birds that make their home here, including yellowhammer.
More detailed directions
Travelling west along the A436, you'll pass the Kilkeney Inn on your right. Take the next left, then the first turning on your left to reach the car park.