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Walking on the Waterways


Self-guided and guided walks are accessible, fun ways for families, groups, clubs and individuals to use the waterways either as part of a Sunday outing, for healthy walks or for traffic free enjoyment of longer distance trails. Check out the walks on each waterway to find the one that suits your group, your starting point and your timeframe the best.​​

​A landscape of sandstone hills and mountains, and a waterfront graced with bays, scenic harbours, nature-rich wetlands and wild woodland mean walking around Ireland's watyerways is a rare treat. Some shores have been settled since prehistoric times with trails studded with reminders of the past, from a beech grove where 19th century ladies took tea in Portumna Forest, to the blustering cliffs around Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh. As the seasons change, Ireland's waterways remains constant in her beauty, and is as captivating in the rinsed-out, watercolour tones of winter as it is in the technicolour-drenched heights of summer. Follow these trails and you’ll stumble upon partings in the forest where views of the water will stop you in your tracks. Swans cut soft ripples through the vitreous surface, dragonflies blitz, and the skies above seem endless. t is true paradise....

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The Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal Greenway, Ireland’s longest distance walking and cycling route, will soon be ready. ...

The Shannon Blueway

Picture yourself paddling amongst the bird song and green riverbanks of this serene and unspoilt sce...

The Shannon-Erne Blueway

Whether weaving through the reeds, crashing through white eaters or following in the wake of an eleg...

Walking around Lough Erne

Take a digital detox and wrap yourself in nature on a walk through the enchanting wilderness surroun...

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Barrow Navigation

The 114km long Barrow Way follows surviving towpaths and riverside roads from the canal hamlet of Lo...

Erne System

There are multiple walking routes around Lough Erne. long and short, graded easy to medium difficult...

Walking on the Grand Canal

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal Way follows pleasant grassy towpaths, gravel and sometimes tarmac canal-side roads f...

Lower Bann Navigation

While it is a river navigation, the Lower Bann does not have a linear pathway with public access. In...

Shannon Navigation

There are numerous walks which take the walker alongside and above the Shannon Navigation.

Walking on the Shannon Erne

Shannon Erne Waterway

Running between Leitrim Village and just north of Belturbet, the Shannon-Erne Waterway links the two...

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Barrow Navigation

​​​​​Winding its way through peaceful woods, fertile valleys and picturesque villages the Barrow is fully navigable for 68km from Athy to St. Mullins. A significant canalised waterway right up to the 1950’s the Barrow’s industrial past saw commercial barges carrying consignments of barley to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and later, supplying beet to Ireland’s first sugar factory at Carlow.

Erne System

​The Erne System has its share of dramatic landscapes and historical treasures; the monastic round tower at Devenish Island rising up from the Lough, the ruined remains of Tully Castle, the picture postcard image of Enniskillen’s medieval castle on the edge of its island banks and the National Trust’s Castle Coole and Crom Estate all compete for your attention.

Grand Canal

​Built amid the 18th-century canal fever that swept across Ireland, the 144km Grand Canal stretches across the country from Dublin to the Shannon.

Lower Bann Navigation

​The Lower Bann is navigable from Lough Neagh to the sea at the Barmouth between Castlerock and Portstewart Strand.

Royal Canal

​The Royal Canal, on its 146km journey from the River Liffey in Dublin to the Shannon, passes 46 working locks, 10 of them double-chambered.

Shannon Erne Waterway

​Running between Leitrim Village and just north of Belturbet, the Shannon-Erne Waterway links the two great waterways on the island, the Erne System and the Shannon Navigation.

Shannon Navigation

​The Shannon is a treasure waiting to be discovered. The longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon and its lakes are a bustling, colourful navigation.​

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