A journey along Carlow’s gentle waterways leads the visitor to a tranquil bygone time. The Rivers Barrow and Slaney and their many tributaries provide exciting activities for the passive and active water enthusiast.
The River Barrow has its source in the Slieve Bloom and Devil’s Bit Mountains and is Ireland’s second longest river system running for 192km from its source to the sea. Fringed with reeds and river flowers, and harbouring a wealth of wildlife in her banks, the River Barrow bears boats and barges along 68km of navigable waterway past pretty riverside villages and through 23 Victorian locks. In recent times, the river has experienced an exciting rejuvenation with a range of outdoor activities for the sports enthusiast. The Barrow Way long distance walking route follows the whole length of the Barrow from Lowtown in Co. Kildare to St. Mullins in Co. Carlow. Cruising the River Barrow is a unique experience due to its unspoilt, uncommercialised and uncrowded waters. There are no long queues passing through locks and no problems getting space at quaysides. A journey along the gentle River Barrow takes the traveller to a tranquil bygone time where bird watching, canoeing, angling and boating can all be enjoyed at ease.
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Barrowline Cruisers is a friendly family-owned barge hire company, providing well equipped self-drive barges varying in size from 2 berth narrowboats to 8 berth wide beams. Their base on the Grand Canal is ideally located to allow you to explore the full extent of the tranquil waters of the Grand Canal and the more lively waters of the River Barrow – two totally different cruising experiences. Weekly and short break hire available.