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Cycling

Cycling

Leisurely lakeshore leisure trips from village to village, commutes from your boat to the nearest shop or restaurant, mountainbiking on forest tracks or long distance cycling routes; these all form part of the waterside biking experience.

Cycle as part of a group through a cycling club or activity centre is common place. You could hire a bike to make cycling your core leisure activity or hire a bike to take with you on your hire boat to make it part of a broader waterway experience.                     

Cyclists using the Canal towpaths should be aware that during the winter period maintenance Nov-March works on the canals may require require the closure of the towpath for short distances. Marine Notices are the quickest way to find out about planned or current closures which may affect your journey​

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Cycling on the Shannon

Shannon Navigation

The rivers and Lakes of the Shannon Navigation are ideal linear and looped trails using the small co...

Barrow Navigation

Cycling along the meandering banks of the Barrow Navigation is an off-road delight intermittently br...

Erne System

Upper and Lower Lough Erne and the linking river sections make up the Erne System and a natural figu...

Grand Canal

Cycling on the Grand Canal is a real mix of urban and rural experiences with big changes in the type...

Lower Bann Navigation

The river navigation does not have a towpath but rural roads lead the cyclist on a 45 mile route on ...

Royal Canal

Cycling along the canal in Dublin is a mix of on-road cycle paths and road cycling.  The Royal ...

Shannon Erne Waterway

The Shannon-Erne Waterway is a central feature in one of the better known long distance cycle routes...

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Barrow Navigation

​​​​​Winding its way through peaceful woods, fertile valleys and picturesque villages the Barrow is fully navigable for 68km from Athy to St. Mullins. A significant canalised waterway right up to the 1950’s the Barrow’s industrial past saw commercial barges carrying consignments of barley to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and later, supplying beet to Ireland’s first sugar factory at Carlow.

Erne System

​The Erne System has its share of dramatic landscapes and historical treasures; the monastic round tower at Devenish Island rising up from the Lough, the ruined remains of Tully Castle, the picture postcard image of Enniskillen’s medieval castle on the edge of its island banks and the National Trust’s Castle Coole and Crom Estate all compete for your attention.

Grand Canal

​Built amid the 18th-century canal fever that swept across Ireland, the 144km Grand Canal stretches across the country from Dublin to the Shannon.

Lower Bann Navigation

​The Lower Bann is navigable from Lough Neagh to the sea at the Barmouth between Castlerock and Portstewart Strand.

Royal Canal

​The Royal Canal, on its 146km journey from the River Liffey in Dublin to the Shannon, passes 46 working locks, 10 of them double-chambered.

Shannon Erne Waterway

​Running between Leitrim Village and just north of Belturbet, the Shannon-Erne Waterway links the two great waterways on the island, the Erne System and the Shannon Navigation.

Shannon Navigation

​The Shannon is a treasure waiting to be discovered. The longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon and its lakes are a bustling, colourful navigation.​

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