Cycling on the Grand Canal

Cycling on the Grand Canal is a real mix of urban and rural experiences with big changes in the type and quality of surfaces which make such a big difference to the type of cycling visitors want to undertake.

​​​​​​Cycling along the canal in Dublin is a mix of on-road cycle paths and the Grand Canal Greenway which links the city centre element to the suburbs. Both are well surfaced and have services within easy reach. Heading westward the rural nature of the canal makes itself appare​nt and the towpaths seem to offer themselves as natural off-road routes.

Rural roads do run close by and link the canal with the larger towns.

The Grand Canal Guide offers clear information about the navigation and the services located nearby. It is available from the Waterways Ireland online shop​.​

The Grand Canal Way

​Inchicore-Lucan: 8.5km path for cyclists and walkers

Premium Cycle Route: from Portobello to Sherriff Street along the Grand Canal officially opened. The 3.5 km route passes Lesson St Bridge, Dublin’s Docklands and the Samuel Beckett Bridge. This route is an ideal opportunity for families, young people and visitors to get around Dublin.​

Map​ by Sport Ireland

Video​​ by Micha Mg of the Barrow and Grand Canal.

Buy the Guide

Heritage Trails

Arthurs Way is a 16km heritage trail using the towpaths of the Grand Canal and Liffey through Co Kildare telling the story of Arthur Guinness.​

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Buckley Cycles

Bury Quay, Tullamore,
Co Offaly and
Kenna Centre, Dublin Rd,
Athlone, Co Westmeath

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Dublin City Council
Wood Quay
Dublin 2

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