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. 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.


Manchán Magan

In the second video, Manchan has 40 Km left to complete to reach the river shannon so he takes to a bike to continue along the towpath. The path along the Royal Canal Way is perfect for cycling and easy to navigate, with lush landscape, and hidden gems along the way, Mancan leaves Westmeath behind him and continues along through to the Shannon, passing the town of Abbeyshrule and stopping by the Whitworth Aquaduct. Continuing into Co.Longford Manchan cycles to Killashee where he takes a detour at lock 42 and onwards towards Clondraa and Wellington Harbour and finally the river shannon.

Moderate, the route is marked with Red arrows

Total walk/cycle is 60km from Mullingar Harbour to the Shannon.

Estimated time
Depending on mode of transport and fitness levels. 2 days walking cycling and by boat,

Highest point
95 metres above river Liffey.

Terrain underfoot
Footpath and trail.

Suitable for
Everyone. Dogs on leads welcome.

Starting Point
Mullingar Harbour