Windgap is a village located in the south west of County Kilkenny. Windgap was named for its location on a pass-through hill east of Slievenamon mountain. Today agriculture is Windgap's main economic activity, with dairy products as the main export. The most notable buildings in Windgap are its nineteenth century graveyard, Old League House which once served as a home for poor tenant farmers) and early 20th century grotto.
Windgap Loop Walks
There are two stunning loop walks for visitors to enjoy which both begin at the lake in Windgap. One travels around the Bearna Brac loop and back to the village, with panoramic views to be seen in all directions. The second walk is shorter and takes you from the lake through the forest, around the perimeter of the GAA grounds, crosses the new link to the church yard, across the road and around the beautifully ornate Grotto, and then back through the village, finishing at the lake.
Calvary Grotto in Windgap is a must visit for tourists coming to Kilkenny. It is the largest grotto in Europe, covering 4 acres with detail of Italian mosaic featuring 3 languages and Ogham stones. The grotto was created in the 1920's and is situated on a hill overlooking St.Nicholas' cemetery. It contains many walkways decorated with quartz and mosaics inlaid in front of statues.