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Lie of the Land

Kilkenny county lies inland and has an area of 2,061 Square Kilometres (206,159 Hectares) with direct access to the sea via Belview Port on the Suir Estuary and via New Ross Port on the Barrow River. The county consists of a highly fertile central plain with uplands in the North-East (Castlecomer Plateau), the North-West (Slieveardagh Hills) and the South (Brandon Hill).

The highest point in County Kilkenny is Brandon Hill, 515 metres (1,690 ft) .


Photo of the bridge at Goresbridge

The land is well drained by its river network, the River Nore bisects the county and the city on a north/south axis, it joins the River Barrow just east of New Ross. The Rivers Barrow and Suir form natural boundaries to the east and south of the county respectively and their tidal estuaries converge at the extreme South-East of the county.

The county has borders with Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, Laois and Carlow. Kilkenny city is sited on a bend in the River Nore at an ancient ford and crossing place.
Fertile Land

The Land

The alluvial soils of the river valley provide fertile land for growing crops and the underlying limestone rock has yielded the raw material for many of the fine building of Kilkenny City. Several kilometres outside the city are the Dunmore Caves, with dramatic underground limestone formations that signs of early dwellers from thousands of years ago.

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