Getting to Us


Shankill Castle is just 16km from Kilkenny and 19km from Carlow. Situated in Ireland’s Ancient East, with stunning views of the Blackstairs Mountains and surrounded by lush gardens, Shankill Castle is the ideal location for a country break.

Getting Around: The best way to get here is by car, bus or train. There are 10 services to Paulstown daily with JJ Kavanagh & Sons. The bus stop is just a 10 minute walk to Shankill Castle. The closest train station, Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown) is five miles away, with trains between Dublin (Heuston Station) and Waterford. We can also provide you with details for a local taxi service.

Paulstown is at Exit 7 of the M9 motorway. Just 15 minutes from both Carlow and Kilkenny towns, 45 minutes from Waterford and just over an hour from Dublin. Paulstown is ideally located in the countryside, but within close proximity to the cities and many of Ireland’s prime tourist destinations. Perfect for sightseeing day trips and visits, including the Carlow Garden Trail and Kilkenny’s many festivals.

How to find us

By Train

We are 5 miles from Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag), which is on the Dublin- Waterford train line. Carlow and Kilkenny are the stops either side of Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag)

By Plane

Dublin Airport is one and a half hours by car. There is also the Waterford bus from the Airport that stops in Paulstown that takes around 2 hours. www.jjkavanagh.ie

Waterford airport is 2 hours by car. There are frequent buses from Waterford city centre to Dublin that stop in Paulstown.

By Car

From Dublin take the M7 and follow signs for Waterford onto the M9. Take exit 7 of the M9 signposted Paulstown. Turn left at both roundabouts and then drive straight into the village of Paulstown. After the shop and pub on the left carry on and after the bend on the left is the front gate of Shankill Castle.

From Kilkenny take the N10 towards Carlow. At Paulstown go straight at the roundabout and then drive straight into the village of Paulstown. After the shop and pub on the left carry on and after the bend on the left is the front gate of Shankill Castle.

By Bus

JJKavanagh and Bus Eireann buses run regularly from Dublin City, Dublin Airport and Waterford to Paulstown.