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Walking

Walking on the Grand Canal

Walking on the Grand Canal

The Grand Canal Way follows pleasant grassy towpaths, gravel and sometimes tarmac canal-side roads from Ringsend in Dublin to Shannon Harbour on Ireland’s longest river.

​​​The Grand Canal Way is an informal linear park punctuated by the locks that characterise canal technology, carefully restored surviving lock-keepers cottages, and the towns and villages whose existence is owed to the trade and commerce the canal brought in the 18th and 19th centuries. Much of the landscape through which the route passes has been untouched by modern agriculture and remains a linear oasis for the flora and fauna that was originally common throughout our countryside.

The many towns and villages along the way provide walkers with accommodation possibilities along the route, and as public transport options are good, these places can act as starting and finishing points for those who want to sample only sections of the route.​

The Grand Canal Way

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

Map​ by Irish Trails

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

Buy the Guide ​

Heritage Trails

Arthur's 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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Bargetrip.ie

Grand Canal Harbour, SallinsCo. Kildare

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Barrowline Cruisers

Vicarstown, Co. Laois. Grand Canal/Barrow Line

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Brickfield Park

Iveagh Ground, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

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Bridge Bar & Bistro

The Malting Tower, Clan William Terrace, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

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Bushy Park

Terenure, Dublin 6

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Butlers Chocolate Experience

Clonshaugh Business Park, Oscar Traynor Road, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17

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Castle Barna Golf Club

Castlebarnagh, Daingean, Co Offaly

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Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

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Dillon Garden

45 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

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Dublin City Archives

Dublin City Archives, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

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Eamonn Ceannt Park

Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Dublin City Area South, Co Dublin, Dublin 12

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Emerald Glamping

Gorteen, Daingean, Co. Offaly

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