Canoe HIre Ireland

Packages

When planning your canoe trip itinerary there are a few things to bear in mind. All customers will transport themselves to the starting point beside the river, where we will meet and give a brief introduction This is followed by a demonstration and safety talk and then for a further 15 minutes or so we will bring you through the basic strokes in an area of calm, sheltered, flat water. After that the real adventure begins. All gear will be ready and waiting from the starting point. All canoeing gear is supplied.

Participants can expect to paddle for four to five hours through scenic stretches down river. Options to finish in New Ross are available however this section is tidal so extra care and consideration are advisable.

If your not sure what kind of adventure you are looking for we have put together an optimum canoe trip itinerary for you below. Alternatively you can visit out local links & information page to see what the towns & villages along the river Barrow have to offer.

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Available Packages

Packages & prices

Canoe & equipment hire (No tent hire due to Covid)

€40 . Per adult per day,    €29  . Per child per day, canoe and equipment hire .
 

Approx €50 per person per night, if you want riverside hotel or B&B options if you don’t want to camp, please get in touch for further details.

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One Day Camping Package

The ‘One day ‘ trip starts from Goresbridge, from there, there are multiple options to get off down river depending on how much you want to do on the day. Its approximately – two hours down to Ballytiglea Bridge, just outside Borris – (6.5 km) 7 minute drive

-Goresbridge start point-   https://goo.gl/maps/cyPs7QNYhKqpqDpn9

– Ballytiglea Bridge – https://goo.gl/maps/1UCFCyDJbySwdgiQA

– Four hours to Clashganny lock   (10 km) 11 minute drive –      https://goo.gl/maps/mw1sDzP8tBQUWgLC8

– Five hours to Graiguenamanagh (13 km) 13 minute drive –    https://goo.gl/maps/mTu3CujVY9f3DSED6

– Seven hours down to St Mullins (20km) 22 minute drive –    https://goo.gl/maps/1guirwuaUHcRRgKy7

If your group is travelling in multiple cars you can leave one at the finish point before you go on the river.

i.e. At least two cars drive to the finish point, park one there, then use the other car to drive back up to the start point.

If you are just a group of two or travelling in only one car, then most likely someone will be able to give you a lift back to your car when you are finished, but in some cases not at peak times ( Sat, Sun of June, July, August) in which case a taxi will be organised for you which you will have to pay for yourself, approx 15/20 euro.

Two Day Camping Package

The two day trip starts at Goresbridge, from there its approximately five hours down river to Graiguenamanagh, time varies from group to group but it is an average of five hours (13 kilometres, 13 minute drive)

At Graiguenamanagh we have a campsite at the Hub activity center, this is a lovely campsite rite beside the river, it has toilets, showers and a changing room, it is permitted to light a fire here, and its very accessible to Graiguenamanagh for shops (Aldi, Supervalu) restaurants and pubs. It costs ten euro per tent at this campsite, whatever the size of tent.

The second day of this trip is continuing south from Graiguenamanagh to St Mullins, this takes 2.5 to 3 hours (7 km), its a beautifully scenic route through a deep valley for the most part, it finishes up at the Mullachain Cafe in St Mullins where you can enjoy a friendly atmosphere, order food and a beer, inside or alfresco, chat and reflect on your two day canoeing adventure.

Cars and transport for the two day trip – It is possible to park beside your camp spot at the Hub campsite, therefore you can avoid having to bring your camping gear in the canoe with you. You also have use of your car in the evening if needs be.

If you are a larger group and travelling in multiple cars, you can first drive to the start point, off load from the cars what you need on the water for the day, and passengers. Then drive to the campsite, park cars, then use minimum cars needed to drive back to the start point.

If you are a smaller group and only travelling in one car, then you will meet first with one of our team at the start point, off load what gear you need on the water for the day, then you will both drive to the campsite, park your car, and our team member will then give you a lift back to the start point.

When you have finished on the second day, a team member will most likely be able to give you a lift back to your car in Graiguenamanagh, but in some cases not at peak times ( Saturday,Sunday in June, July, August) in which case a taxi will be organised for you which you will have to pay for yourself, approx 20 euro, but this is rarely the case and usually one of our team is able to give you a lift back.

Goresbridge start point –  https://goo.gl/maps/xTRSQKAZraVyEq747

Graiguenamanagh campsite at the Hub –  https://goo.gl/maps/KsMx5UN5127LCXE57

(Its important to camp exactly where the pin is at this campsite as other areas are strictly for camper vans)

St Mullins, Finish point –  https://goo.gl/maps/1guirwuaUHcRRgKy7

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Three Day Camping Package (38 km total)

Starts at Milford & finishes at St. Mullins

The three day trip starts at Milford just south Carlow town. From Milford its approximately a five hour paddle (16 km) south to the first campsite at Sliguff lock, you will pass through Leghlinbridge and Baganelstown previous to Sliguff. Sliguff is a really nice, quiet, scenic, wild campspot. The nearest road access is about 2.5 km away and there are no facilities at this camp spot.

The second day you will continue south to the second camp spot at Graiguenamanagh, passing through Goresbridge village along the way. It takes on average six hours from Sliguff to Graiguenamanagh (17km)

At Graiguenamanagh we have a campsite at the Hub activity center, this is a lovely campsite rite beside the river, it has toilets, showers and a changing room, it is possible to park your car beside your camp spot here, it is permitted to light a fire, and its very accessible to Graiguenamanagh for shops (Aldi, Supervalu) restaurants and pubs. It costs ten euro per tent at this campsite, whatever the size of tent.

The third day of this trip is continuing south from Graiguenamanagh to St Mullins, this takes 2.5 to 3 hours (7 km), its a beautifully scenic route through a deep valley for the most part, it finishes up at the Mullachain Cafe in St Mullins where you can enjoy a friendly atmosphere, order food and a beer, inside or alfresco, chat and reflect on your three day canoeing adventure.

Cars and transport for the three day trip.

If you are a larger group travelling in multiple cars you can first drive to the start point at Millford, off load your gear and passengers and then drive south to Graiguenamanagh (30km, 30 min drive). You can park as many cars as possible at the campsite in Graiguenamanagh, then drive back to the start point in as few cars as possible. Therefore the majority of the cars will be closer to the end point of the route. When you reach Graiguenamanagh on the second night you can pick up the car/cars left at the start point, and leave some at the end point also (6km, south of Graiguenamanagh).

If you are a smaller group and and only travelling in one car, you can first drive to the start point, off load gear and passengers, then you can drive south to Graiguenamanagh campsite (30km, 30min drive) to park. There you will meet one of our team who will give you a lift back to the start point. When you finish on the last day in St Mullins one of our team will meet you an give you a lift back up river (6km) to your car in Graiguenamanagh. In some rare cases a team member may not be available at peak times (Sat/Sun, June, July, August) in which case we will organise a taxi for you, which will cost 15 to 20 euro, which you will have to pay for yourself. But in most cases we will be able to give you a lift.

Google maps pins for relevant locations on the river (copy and paste to google maps):

Milford start point:  https://goo.gl/maps/Puj5Wt3T8bcHHJu67

Slyguff lock, camp for first night:  https://goo.gl/maps/RTj3mcbrmhwDuXuK7

Graiguenamanagh, camp for second night:  https://goo.gl/maps/KsMx5UN5127LCXE57

Finish point, St Mullins: https://goo.gl/maps/1guirwuaUHcRRgKy7

Four Day Camping Package (60 km total)

Starts at Maganey, 8km north of Carlow and finishes at St. Mullins

The four day trip starts at Maganey which is 8km north of Carlow, (see exact location below) from there its approximately a five hour paddle south (16km) to the first campspot at Milford, you will pass through Carlow town along the way. There are fewer locks on this section so despite the distance you will move relatively fast compared to other sections. Millford is a nice scenic parkland beside the river and Milford weir and is a really nice location for camping, there are no facilities here, its wild camping. Its also beside a quiet public road for any access needs.

From Milford its approximately a five hour paddle (16 km) south to the second campsite at Slyguff lock, passing through Leghlinbridge and Baganelstown along the way, if you want to stock up on any supplies. Slyguff is a really nice, quiet, scenic, wild campspot. The nearest road access is about 2.5 km away, there are no facilities at this camp spot.

The third day you will continue south to the third camp spot at Graiguenamanagh, passing through Goresbridge village along the way. It takes on average six hours from Sliguff to Graiguenamanagh (17km)

At Graiguenamanagh we have a campsite at the Hub activity center, this is a lovely campsite next to the river, it has toilets, showers and a changing room, it is possible to park your car beside your camp spot here, it is permitted to light a fire, and its very accessible to Graiguenamanagh for shops (Aldi, Supervalu) restaurants and pubs. It costs ten euro per tent at this campsite, whatever the size of tent.

The fourth and final day of this trip is continued south from Graiguenamanagh to St Mullins, this takes 2.5 to 3 hours (7 km), its a beautifully scenic route through a deep valley for the most part, it finishes up at the Mullachain Cafe in St Mullins where you can enjoy a friendly atmosphere, order food and a beer, inside or alfresco, chat and reflect on your four day canoeing adventure.

Cars and transport for the four day trip.

If you are a larger group travelling in multiple cars you can first drive to the start point at Maganey, off load your gear and passengers and then drive south to Graiguenamanagh (46km, 45 minute drive). You can park as many cars as possible at the campsite in Graiguenamanagh, then drive back to the start point in as few cars as possible. Therefore the majority of the cars will be closer to the end point of the route. When you reach Graiguenamanagh on the third night you can pick up the car/cars left at the start point, and leave some at the end point also (6km, south of Graiguenamanagh).

If you are a smaller group and and only travelling in one car, you can first drive to the start point, off load gear and passengers, then you can drive south to Graiguenamanagh campsite (56km, 54 minute drive) to park. There you will meet one of our team who will give you a lift back to the start point. When you finish on the last day in St Mullins one of our team will meet you an give you a lift back up river (6km) to your car in Graiguenamanagh. In some rare cases a team member may not be available at peak times (Sat/Sun, June, July, August) in which case we will organise a taxi for you, which will cost 15 to 20 euro, which you will have to pay for yourself. But in most cases we will be able to give you a lift.

Google maps pins for relevant locations on the river (copy and paste to google maps):

Maganey, start point:  https://goo.gl/maps/sSgAkUftaCRoTsE66

Milford, first night camp:  https://goo.gl/maps/Puj5Wt3T8bcHHJu67

Slyguff lock, camp for second night:  https://goo.gl/maps/RTj3mcbrmhwDuXuK7

Graiguenamanagh, camp for third night:  https://goo.gl/maps/KsMx5UN5127LCXE57

(It is important to camp exactly where the pin is here, other areas are strictly for camper vans)

Finish point, St Mullins: https://goo.gl/maps/1guirwuaUHcRRgKy7

Five Day Camping Package (71 km total)

Starts at Athy finishes at St. Mullins

The five day trip starts just south of Athy (see exact location below). From Athy its approximately a 4 hour paddle (10km) to the first camp spot, which is on the left bank of the canal close to Maganey. This camp spot is in a nice quiet location, this is wild camping as there are no facilities available. Road access is not to far away if required.

The second day to Maganey to Millford, you will pass throuh Carlow town along the way to Millford. This section usually takes paddlers 5/6 hours, with the distance between stops being 16km

Millford is a nice scenic parkland beside the river and Milford weir and is a really nice location for camping, there are no facilities here, its wild camping. Its also beside a quiet public road for any access needs.

From Milford its approximately a five hour paddle (16 km) south to the third campsite at Slyguff lock, passing through Leghlinbridge and Baganelstown along the way, if you want to stock up on any supplies. Slyguff is a really nice, quiet, scenic, wild campspot. The nearest road access is about 2.5 km away, there are no facilities at this camp spot.

The fourth day you will continue south to the fourth camp spot at Graiguenamanagh, passing through Goresbridge village along the way. It takes on average six hours from Slyguff to Graiguenamanagh (17km)

At Graiguenamanagh we have a campsite at the Hub activity center, this is a lovely campsite next to the river, it has toilets, showers and a changing room, it is possible to park your car beside your camp spot here, it is permitted to light a fire, and its very accessible to Graiguenamanagh for shops (Aldi, Supervalu) restaurants and pubs. It costs ten euro per tent at this campsite, whatever the size of tent.

The fifth and final day of this trip is continued south from Graiguenamanagh to St Mullins, this takes 2.5 to 3 hours (7 km), its a beautifully scenic route through a deep valley for the most part, it finishes up at the Mullachain Cafe in St Mullins where you can enjoy a friendly atmosphere, order food and a beer, inside or alfresco, chat and reflect on your four day canoeing adventure.

Cars and transport for the four day trip.

If you are a larger group travelling in multiple cars you can first drive to the start point just south of Athy, off load your gear and passengers and then drive south to Graiguenamanagh (56km, 55 minute drive). You can park as many cars as possible at the campsite in Graiguenamanagh, then drive back to the start point in as few cars as possible. Therefore the majority of the cars will be closer to the end point of the route. When you reach Graiguenamanagh on the fourth night you can pick up the car/cars left at the start point, and leave some at the end point also (6km, south of Graiguenamanagh).

If you are a smaller group and and only travelling in one car, you can first drive to the start point south of Athy, off load gear and passengers, then you can drive south to Graiguenamanagh campsite (56km, 55 minute drive) to park. There you will meet one of our team who will give you a lift back to the start point. When you finish on the last day in St Mullins one of our team will meet you an give you a lift back up river (6km) to your car in Graiguenamanagh. In some rare cases a team member may not be available at peak times (Sat/Sun, June, July, August) in which case we will organise a taxi for you, which will cost 15 to 20 euro, which you will have to pay for yourself. But in most cases we will be able to give you a lift.

Google maps pins for relevant locations on the river (copy and paste to google maps):

Athy, start point:  https://goo.gl/maps/apHn7HmN164epF8i9

Maganey, first camp spot:  https://goo.gl/maps/9KhSHDA1h4PriRpE9

Milford, second night camp:  https://goo.gl/maps/Puj5Wt3T8bcHHJu67

Slyguff lock, camp for third night:  https://goo.gl/maps/RTj3mcbrmhwDuXuK7

Graiguenamanagh, camp for fourth night:  https://goo.gl/maps/KsMx5UN5127LCXE57

(It is important to camp exactly where the pin is here, other areas are strictly for camper vans)

Finish point, St Mullins: https://goo.gl/maps/1guirwuaUHcRRgKy7