We're thinking of taking a train from Dublin to Kilkenny for a few days. We'd really like to visit the Rock of Cashel too, but without a car we're finding that difficult. Are there any drivers we could hire or day tours that exist? All we can find is a 2.5 hour bus trip each way. We hope to go at the end of March, so we'd like to get cooking soon. Thank you for any help!
Contact Tony McGann, and you can find him by Googling 'Tony McGann Doolin Taxi." Tony might be able to drive for you, or he may know someone who could. He drove us two years ago, and we were totally pleased. He was on time (early) each day, made great recommendations for us, and he is a delightful character, too.
Not sure why you want to make a day trip from Kilkenny to Cashel, but it is a challenge because there's a mountain range in the way.
An alternative is to take the bus to Cashel from Kilkenny. You will be passing through Cahir and there's a good castle there too.
When you get to Cashel, you can stay there overnight. Look up lodgings on TripAdvisor. You can get a bus the next day that will take you back to Dublin pretty quick.
If you're flexible, you can avoid the cost of a private driver and just use public transportation.
At the end of March, expect rain every day.
Cashel is only a 45 minute drive from Kilkenny, a lot of it on the motorway. Another great castle, Cahir, is another 15 minutes away, also on the motorway. I would just rent a car and drive there myself; but if that's not an option; a taxi shouldn't be too expensive.