Sketching weekend in Kilkenny



For either the second or third weekend in October (eg the 10th/ 11th October or 17th/18th) or . I found a decent hostel where its 17eur a night for a dorm and they have availability (its an 8 bed mixed dorm and there´s a common room) http://www.hostels.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.251 and there´s a 5 bed mixed dorm ensuite but its 18.50 http://www.hostels.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.15420 and you also get breakfast/ linen/ Wifi/ BBQ area. Train journey is 1hour 42mins and is 29eur for a return seat.

There is another hostel (a 15th century castle to be precise, but its 8km out of town or a 20euro taxi ride).
My suggestion would be for people to book themselves (they take laser/ credit cards) and they only take a few euros deposit. You actually pay most of the fee when you get there. So if 5 of us went it would be 170eur with a 17euro deposit, and if you book just for yourself its 3.50eur as a deposit.
IF YOU Have any preferences re-date etc please post up here.

37 comments:

Sarah Bo said...

Hi Sarah, thanks for researching. My preference would be for the weekend of the 17th. I love the sound of the 15th century castle, but I suppose the more central hostel is most realistic. Would it be an idea to wait and see how many people can definitely make it, and then book a 5 or 8 person dorm to ourselves? Perhaps we could give people until this day next week to confirm one way or the other...?

Ciaran.L said...

I'm easy with regard to wich weekend is decided on; but well done on finding such a great place Sarah!

Lucky Fish said...

Hi all! I would love the castle hostel! Is this the one?
http://www.anoige.ie/hostels/foulksrath-castle
Is anyone driving? I do not have a car :(
If we are going on a bus, that means that we would be in a beautiful place but rather cut off from all local amenities.
Apparently: All meals are served in Ballyragget Café which is 3 miles from the hostel.:D
Having said this may be I can invite friends who drive and would like to come along.
The weekend of 17th is somewhat more preferrable for me, but I am open to either one.

Tracy said...

I am up for either of those weekends and I can drive :)

Rik said...

Both the weekends are fine for me, but I don't have a car.

Ciaran. said...

No car here either. Ye olden castle does look very cool alright but indeed without transport it makes things a little more difficult. You'd need to ship everything in, (how many crates would that be?).

I will happily cook a meal and breakfeast for all on one of the nights/days too.

Ciaran. said...

Another thought with regards to the castle if people wanted to go for it.

If you Tracy have access to a car we could stock up on food stuffs/booze for the whole weekend. I wouldn't mind doing the dinners and could make a couple of soups for lunch. I enjoy cooking.

This would work out cheaper too than eating/drinking out. A big fire in the castle with a few beers sounds like chill zone to me.

We could take orders for booze, I'll stick it on the plastic and we can divi up after. No big deal.

Anyway, just a thought.

Tracy said...

This sounds like a great idea! The only thing is - I don't mind driving what so ever.. but at night I will be drinking :D So - if we do decide to head for pints, it will mean taxi's!! I can carry a few people anyway - but what we can always do is get to Kilkenny and I can pick people up from train station and cart ye out to the hostel!

Ciaran. said...

Another thought, (only of course if the masses decree that it be ye castle), we could do the castle thing on the Friday and Saturday night, and then head into Kilkenny early enough to do some sketching/lunch/train home or whatever on the Sunday.

Taxis to/from a pub btw would be fine by me. A walk even, if weather is fine, could be fun too, (particularly after).

SarahOR said...

i have a car too but im not a fully licenced driver. Maybe we could just get a train/ bus to the station and get picked up by Tracy or walk depending on where we gO? I don't know if 7 of us would fit in a car unless it was a landrover or something...anyhow castle is 14euro a night and dorms are for about 14people!

Tracy said...

Well if it's only a few km to the castle then I can do a few trips, no bother. People would have bags anyway so no point trying to squish everyone in!! Rules and regulations you know!!

A walk home from the pub sounds good to me too! Make sure ye know the words to a few songs though ;) !!!

SarahOR said...

It says on that website its haunted!

Tracy said...

Ahhhh!!!! Ok well now what did you have to go telling me that for!!!

Tracy said...

Reviews of the castle on tripadvisor! Sounds mad!

http://www.tripadvisor.ie/ShowUserReviews-g186616-d282952-r19327969-Foulksrath_Castle_Youth_Hostel-Kilkenny_County_Kilkenny.html

Tracy said...

Foulksrath Castle - The hostel is closed to guests between 10am and 5pm.

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Ciaran. said...

Emm, sorry to dash hopes but it's actually booked out on weekends until December.

I just thought I'd give 'em a ring to see what the score with the place was and the next available weekend is not 'til the 6th of Dec. They've lots of different groups coming to stay.

Nothing ventured...

SarahOR said...

its probably more pratical logistically speaking to stay in the centre of town anyhow.

Tracy said...

Yeah - we can always keep the Castle in mind for a future trip. Are we saying the weekend of the 17th so? Seems to be the most popular?

SarahOR said...

either is good for me

Sarah Bo said...

Hi all. I've checked availability for both the city centre hostels for weekend of 17th and both have availability. This one gets by far the better reviews http://www.hostels.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.15420, the other one being mentioned as smelly and stuffy (yuk!). There's a choice of mixed dorms and all-female dorms. No all-male ones. Prices range from 17.50 to 18.50. So, how do we do this...?! Any good organisers out there?!

Tracy said...

Thanks for checking that up Sarah! I suppose if we say that Wednesday is the deadline to decide on both the date and whether you are coming on not.

By Wednesday - if we have numbers, then we'll know what kind of room we'll need. All female does sound better than sharing with smelly boys :P (sorry lads!!)but to be honest I don't mind. Chances are we'll be better of sharing with ourselves than more random strangers! Better the devil you know than the devil you don't as they say!!

After that - each person must book their own place in the hostel. Safest option!

SarahOR said...

well sure so long as knowone snores too much!!

SarahOR said...

hmm the 5 bed mixed dorm does have an ensuite though..

Sarah Bo said...

Hi Tracy, that sounds like a good plan. Just to confirm then, I'm a definite, and my preference is the 17th.

Jessica said...

I can't make the full weekend of either weekend, but might make it down for the Sunday if it was the 18th / 19th October weekend.


The 6th December weekend is good for me!

Jessica

Tracy said...

Weekend of the 17th suits me, definite no.2 :)

Maybe we can arrange something for the weekend of the 6th Dec. too!

SarahOR said...

17th is grand for me too! Definite no.3!

Stephen said...

Count me in. I may not be able to get down until Saturday afternoon though. Work's getting quite hectic and ruthlessly encroaching on my weekends. The weekend of the 17th suits me best. So I'll take definite no. 4 slot.

We should book as a group so that we can organise rooms. I'd make Friday the deadline. Even with just four definites it's worth booking. After that people can join but must organise themselves. If someone is definite and doesn't show then they just have to pay the organiser the deposit. I'll make the booking on Monday if it suits everyone.

SarahOR said...

is anyone going to get the train/ bus down?

Tracy said...

I think I will - no point in driving if I don't have to and there's no parking at the hostel!

SarahOR said...

its 12.20eur return for the bus but the 130 only leaves about every 2 hours.

Tracy said...

Hmm ya - 15.30, 17.30 or 20.30 are the times, not ideal. I'm sure that there is a private company operating to Kilkenny too, will check it out!

Tracy said...

There is a train leaving at 18.25 arrives at 20.05, cost is 29euro. It's an option anyway, even if double the price.

Ciaran.L said...

so... I'll take the bus I think. I'll definitely book with you guys too.

Lucky Fish said...

Hi all!

I would prefer a mixed dorm for ourselves to a dorm with strangers, if possible to book the whole room.

I can get off on Friday 17th for the full weekend.

Ciaran. said...

I'll be making my own accomodation arrangements but it occurrred to me that it might be worth ringing the hostel before Monday to make sure they're not already booked out. Probably not but still might be worth checking.

The other one had group bookings on weekends until December, though it is a castle so that may have had some bearing.

Just a thought.