Boating on the Royal Canal

The main line of the Royal Canal reopened in late 2010 after a 50 year closure.
The significant engineering investment in its restoration is hugely rewarded by the exhilaration boaters of all kinds can experience.

Like the Grand Canal the contrast from Dublin's urban stretches  to the extensive rural waterway is sharp, but with hire companies operating at each end of the navigation boaters have a choice!

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Barge Hire

The freedom of making your own travel decisions, flexibly deciding to stay or wander a little further off the beaten track, makes cruising holidays a marvelous experience. Never say 'once in a lifetime' because once you've tried it, you'll want to come back again and again.

Self-drive barges for 2 - 6 persons and can be hired from bases in Richmond Harbour, Clondra and Castleknock in Dublin . Fitted out to a high standard, with sleeping cabins, bathrooms /ensuite bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas as well as a lounge area, these craft are truly a home away from home.

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.

Boat Trips

Currently there are no boat trips being provided on the Royal Canal.

Day Boat Hire

Day boats are available for self-drive hire from one location near Dublin.

Taking up to 10 people and provided with lifejackets and basic training, people can enjoy the waterway taking in their favourite place at their own pace.

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Kilcock Art Gallery

School Street, Kilcock, Co Kildare

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