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Barrow Navigation

  • 111 km
  • 33 locks
  • 65 bridges
  • 10 towns
  • 15 moorings
  • Hiking Trail
Map showing the route of the Barrow Navigation

The Barrow, one of Ireland's longest rivers, flows through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. The river originates in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and flows north east to the historic town of Athy, where it is joined to the Grand Canal by the Barrow Line Canal, before flowing south east to St Mullins. 

Admire the natural beauty of the woodland valleys, ancient hinterlands and charming villages that flank the Barrow Navigation’s 111 km course. One of the best ways to experience the Barrow is by boat, as the river’s waters are relatively undiscovered with plenty of places to moor along the way. 

For paddlers, the Barrow offers ample opportunities for laid-back touring along the river, or white water activity in the curved weirs around Clashganny. Visitors can follow the Barrow Way, which combines a 65 km off-road grassy towpath for hikers with 46 km of developed recreational trail for cyclists and walkers. 

With its attractive setting, mountain views and wooded banks, the Barrow Navigation is the perfect place to unwind and feel your stresses melt away.

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