Discovering the delights of our own Discovery Park

You can walk it, run it, explore it, now you can even zip it...

Discovering the delights of our own Discovery Park
By Grainne Brennan

Situated just 19km north of Kilkenny City we have our very own adventure wonderland that offers us an impressive location that promises fun and adventure for all ages.

Castlecomer Discovery Park sits on 80 acres of Kilkenny woodland on the former Wandesforde Estate that provides us locals a chance to experience the thrill of the great outdoors in a historic setting that is steeped in Kilkenny history.

What they have actually done is transformed this specular woodland as if it was a blank canvas and turned it into a work of Art for all to partake in, you can walk through it , climb it, and even Zip line from it creating memories and experiences that are the perfect building blocks for adventure and fun. Once standing alone as a forest it is now an active forest full of activities around every corner that lets you explore at your own leisure. All you need to bring with you is your sense of adventure to discover what is on offer whether it be popping out for lunch to animal viewing or just getting stuck into the activities. To have this exhilarating park on our doorsteps we as a City really do have it all.

I personally had the pleasure to experience Irelands longest over the water Zip Line that is not only unique to the area but is an impressive 300m long and 35m above the ground at its highest point. Newly built and opened in April this high adrenaline Zip line boasts the most amazing views over 2 lakes and the 17th century hand restored bridge where onlookers watch in awe as you fly overhead at amazing speeds. The fun thrill and excitement I experienced was something I will never forget it pushed my comfort zone in the most enjoyable way and tested my limits but also thought me I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

Accompanying the Zip line is the advanced natural eco-friendly high ropes set in an octagonal frame that stands alone like an old fifty pence piece. This innovative and thought-provoking course is a mix of challenges set high off the ground that offers participants a chance to push personal boundaries and experience the thrill of testing one’s own limits. You are guaranteed to walk away with a sense of achievement in addition to an experience you will never forget, it is fun and challenging and also offers spectacular views that take in the forest tree tops that surround you and your adventure. With people looking for more than outdoor entertainment, Castlecomer Discovery Park goes one step further and offers people an experience.

With its cutting edge state of the art adventure park that offers so much I believe it is the staff that really make this park magical and add so much to the experience, the training and encouragement from every member of staff is of the highest standard as they have direct interaction with visitors from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave. Staff in the park is always on hand and always in sight no matter where you are which I found reassuring and refreshing to be surrounded by people who really loved their jobs. It is a place I would recommend for all ages all walks of life and groups, they offer so much with a professional friendly service that exceeded my expectations. I am looking forward to their winter programme and to see what they will do next, well done to all involved.