On the Water
Watersports, wonderful waterways and enchanting wildlife: dive into adventure and explore the Grand Canal from Tullamore town.
Winding across the land for 131km, the Grand Canal flows past charming towns, historic sights and pretty landscapes. Its calm waters make it a great spot for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding – the perfect way to enjoy a slow adventure alongside grassy reeds and wildflower-strewn banks. And nothing beats the serenity of a guided tour on a traditional barge past humpback bridges and weathered ruins, where swans, herons and moorhens can be spotted along the waters. No matter how you explore, the Grand Canal’s tranquil beauty is sure to leave you with a deep appreciation for nature in all its splendour.
Silver Line Cruisers
There's something satisfying about captaining your own vessel and following the ebb and flow of the canal. The Silver Stream cruiser is perfect for a getaway along the Grand Canal, cruising from Banagher to Tullamore amid lush green landscapes with birdsong in the air. Sounds like heaven!
One of the best ways to take in Tullamore is from the water. Shannon SUP offer families and groups the chance to enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, gliding down the Grand Canal past sights such as Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre and Boland's Lock Keeper's House. From beginners to experts, all abilities are welcome as skilled instructors guide you along the way. With such beautiful scenery to enjoy, you're sure to find your balance in no time.
Birr Outdoor Education Centre
Water lovers young and old flock to Birr Outdoor Education Centre for thrills and spills on the River Shannon. Situated in the heritage town of Birr in County Offaly, expert instructors get your adrenaline pumping with group activities such as kayaking, body surfing and canoeing. Those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on land can opt for archery, rock climbing, raft building and much more. Whether you want to boost your outdoor survival skills or embark on a fun-filled family adventure, you're sure to find your passion.
Picture yourself on board a lovingly restored traditional barge, complete with wood-burning stove, bar service and a characterful captain-come-tour guide… With Bargetrip.ie, passengers set off from the town of Sallins in Kildare, where trade on the Grand Canal first began over 200 years ago. Choose from three trips exploring Digby Lock, McCreevy's Lock and the Leinster Aqueduct or enjoy an afternoon-tea cruise by private charter with teas, sandwiches and delicious desserts.