Boating on the Grand Canal
Boating on the Grand Canal is the ultimate in contrasts. The urban intensity of Dublin's south city centre contrasts so sharply with the rural expanses.
Linked to the Barrow by the Barrow Line, boating in this area offers both river and canal experiences and is where most of the hire companies are based.
Barge Hire (no license required)
On the Grand Canal and the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal, barge hire is available for people wanting to take charge of their own craft and direct their holiday albeit at a pace of no more than 5km per hour!!
Self-drive barges are suitable for 2 - 6 persons and can be hired from Barrowline Cruisers in Vicarstown from a few days to a few weeks.
Most companies require the barge to be returned to the base from which it was hired. Training is provided at the outset and lifejackets are provided by all companies. Support is also provided enroute should you run into difficulties.
If you want to experience the pleasure of the canal's tranquil waters and don't have the confidence to skipper your own boat then why not try out a trip on a passenger boat such as Bargetrip.ie and Viking Splash Tours.
Use the See and Do listing to find further details on providers.