Posts in Waterways
Royal Canal Mullingar to Longford Trail 2

Novelist, broadcaster and travel writer Manchán Magan explores the Royal Canal towpath west from Mullingar along the Royal Canal’s towpath and on the canal itself through Abbeyshrule and Killashee, to where the canal joins the River Shannon.. At summit level, Mullingar is the highest point of the Royal Canal – from there, 25 locks descend east to Dublin and 21 locks descend west to the Shannon. Manchán will walk and cycle to where the Royal Canal joins the River Shannon, exploring the history of the canal along the way. Each lock and harbour along his journey tells new stories as Manchán travels into County Longford through Abbeyshrule,Killashee and Clondraa. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Ballycuggaran Loop

Former International Rugby player Keith Wood, who was capped 58 times for Ireland and also capped for the British and Irish Lions, has chosen a scenic route near his home town in County Clare for his walk. This is a hike and a boating trip. However there are many trails along the way which can be hiked. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Killaloe Holy Island

Former International Rugby player Keith Wood, who was capped 58 times for Ireland and also capped for the British and Irish Lions, has chosen a scenic route near his home town in County Clare for his walk. This is a hike and a boating trip and is shown here in two parts. There are many trails along the way which can be hiked. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Royal Canal Part 1

Dublin native Annalise Murphy captured the hearts of Irish audiences during the 2016 Rio Olympics when she realised her dream in the Women’s Laser Radial sailing competition by winning a silver medal for Ireland. Annalise will be accompanied by her mother, Cathy McAleavey an Olympian who competed in the 1998 Seoul Olympics as a sailor. They will walk alongside the Royal Canal starting at Spencer Dock, exploring some of the twelve locks, by foot and navigating the last section by boat. The Royal Canal fondly known as the green and silver line, started life in the 1880’s as a major cargo and passenger corridor from Dublin to the River Shannon. With the onset of trains and roads it went into decline but since the 1990’s it was restored into an enchanting 145km inland waterway. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Royal Canal Mullingar Trail

Novelist, broadcaster and travel writer Manchán Magan explores the Royal Canal towpath west from Mullingar along the Royal Canal’s towpath and on the canal itself through Abbeyshrule and Killashee, to where the canal joins the River Shannon.. At summit level, Mullingar is the highest point of the Royal Canal – from there, 25 locks descend east to Dublin and 21 locks descend west to the Shannon. Manchán will walk and cycle to where the Royal Canal joins the River Shannon, exploring the history of the canal along the way. The canal was once a hive of industrial activity and has since been restored so it now serves as a picturesque hub for leisure activities and tourism. Each lock and harbour along his journey tells new stories as Manchán travels into County Longford through Abbeyshrule,Killashee and Clondraa. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Lower Bann Trail 1.

Cork Footballer Anna Geary undertakes a walk along the River Bann. In the second part of her journey, Anna picks up the trail in this video at Hutchinson’s Quay which runs to Portna Locks. She meets Bradden Baille who makes the wooden spars for the locks and Joe Gilliespie who talks more about the canal. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Lower Bann Part 2 - The Canoe Trip

Anna Geary meets up with Chris Scott after leaving Portna (where she visited in the previous video, Trail 1) the trail can be cycled along the main road or undertaken via kayak. At this kayak centre, local Chris Scott is Anna’s guide for the day. This picturesque 5km canal excursion takes her from Portna to Movanagher. The final stage of this journey is 20km away in Coleraine. It is the largest town Anna encounters and it is near the mouth of the river Bann. Anna finishes her walk in Coleraine’s nearby Mountsandel woods and fort, where she meets group of local walkers. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Upper Erne Trail 1 Colin Murphy

Setting out in Belturbet Co. Cavan comedian Colin Murphy cycles to the border to meet Fermanagh native Graham Little, and together they cycle to Upper Lough Erne. This is not so much a lake as a watery maze of islands, inlets and meandering waters. The two lads cycle along the Kingfisher cycle which goes all around Upper Lough Erne. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Upper Erne The Canoe Trail 2 Colin Murphy

Setting out in Belturbet Co. Cavan comedian Colin Murphy cycles to the border to meet Fermanagh native Graham Little, and together they cycle to Upper Lough Erne. This is not so much a lake as a watery maze of islands, inlets and meandering waters. The two lads cycle along the Kingfisher cycle which goes all around Upper Lough Erne. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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