What our clients say about us
Charlie & his team catered brillantly for our 60+ Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Rovers and Leaders in June – bringing them on an excellent canoeing trip from the Basin in Colrain along the Nore to Castletown. The Group ranged in ages from 8 to 50; with a wide range of skills – Charlie’s approach made the day enjoyable for all and added greatly to our Group Camp that weekend. We would definitely recommend using Go With The Flow for your river adventures.
“Dear Charlie, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much we all enjoyed kayaking. It was exactly what we were after. The whole stag weekend was a huge success. A large part of that success was down to the river adventure and a large part of that was due to your skills and input. The reports from all the lads were uniformly enthusiastic, everyone had a great time, even those lads who weren’t expecting it to be their type of thing. You managed to be highly professional and great company all at once. Not an easy mix to achieve but you nailed it. Many thanks”
“Rapids, weirs, locks and lazy river. Thoroughly enjoyed by Graham, Callum and Emily. Thank you Charlie.”
Thanks Charlie, I just had a peek at the photos, they are great! We really enjoyed ourselves yesterday, thank you so much for a great trip! Regards, Eleanor
Bernie Commins commented on Go with the Flow River Adventures’s April 27th album. Bernie wrote: “Thank you so much Charlie, and your excellent, trusted canoeing instructors (I am so sorry I cannot recall names! head = sieve), for an amazing time on the river Barrow last Saturday! It was a laugh a minute from start to finish, so beautiful, challenging, fun, and made JK’s birthday surprise even better than I had hoped! He/we really enjoyed it. The instruction was excellent and we felt in safe hands at all times,with instructors who really knew what they were doing and talking about. The swim was excellent too – we could have done it over and over again;-) And thanks also for arranging for the sun to shine too! We couldn’t thank you enough and will definitely spread the word to others to check you out for a brilliant day! We will definitely be back, maybe for a longer stint next time. All the best and stay safe on the river!! Bernie Commins”
I truly can’t say enough about Charlie and his team at Go With the Flow. Not only are they endlessly knowledgeable about the river, but they are equally as friendly. Charlie plays equal parts story teller and historian as he explains each ancient castle and lush property that you pass. Each section of the river offers up unique challenges and a beauty that can only be rivaled by the next section you paddle. After cruising the Barrow all the way from Carlow to New Ross my only regret is that I didn’t have the time to paddle more of the river. If it’s a one day trip you seek I implore you to come back and try a different section another day. If is a multiday trip you seek, Charlie has all your B&Bs set up for you in advance as well as comfortable familiarity of each town you may stay in. If you seek adventure: you can find it here. If you seek serenity: you can find it here. If you seek the raw beauty of Ireland’s untouched countryside: you can find it here. I have paddled all across North America and I can earnestly and honestly say that this was one of the best trips of my life. I will assuredly be back to visit Charlie and the Barrow again, even if it means another ten hour flight.
“Fantastic weekend down in Kilkenny for my brother’s stag do. The highlight of the weekend had to be the rafting we went on on the Saturday morning in the River Barrow with Go With The Flow River Adventures. We were all a little delicate upon waking up on the Saturday morning but that was soon washed away as we managed to spend as much time in the water as we did in the canoes. It was great craic from start to finish and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a few hours quality entertainment for a relatively small fee. Thanks Charlie!”
Hi Charlie, Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanx again for the outing. Everyone agreed that it was money well spent and that it was the best activity we could have picked for the day. It really gave us something to laugh about when looking back over the (very few drinks later on. It was very professional and it’s obvious that you have a passion for the sport that you want to share. Nice one. I think you might have a few converts here so who knows, we may bump into you on the water at some stage. Thanks again
“I just wanted to thank you sincerely for the absolutely fantastic day that you gave my whole family when we took our river adventure recently. It is so difficult to find an activity that will involve children from 9 to 14. All the children absolutely loved the day on the canoes, the swimming in the rapids has to be the highlight of the Summer for all of them. Your professional approach, the way you remembered the names of the entire party immediately, your easy way of explaining the safety issues without losing the interest of the children are to be highly recommended. I am not easy on the water which I explained to you. At no time, even when I swam in the rapids, was I anxious as I knew you were 100% sure of all the safety aspects and we were your number 1 priority. I was absolutely gobsmacked by the peace and quiet of the river barrow and had no idea Borris and the surrounding areas were so beautiful. Your recommendation to call to the Mulachain Cafe in St. Mullins just made the day. We sat overlooking the river tucking into hot chocolate exhilarated by the whole day. Thank you again Charlie.”
Re Sunday 14th April 2013 From the moment I spoke with Charlie in Decembr last, it was very clear that he was as enthusiastic as I was to pull off a surprise 60th canoeing birthday event in Graiguemanagh for Tommy Forristal. Charlie was so positive, honest and detailed in his emails and website, I felt we had all the answers to undertake this. So 16 crazy and equally enthusiastic family and friends were tutored, encouraged, and helped by the GOWITHTHEFLOW team of Charlie, Rachel and Ken on the day. Despite a forecast of gale force winds and driving rain, Charlie’s team had already a safer plan for us, many of whom do not swim. God was on our side also and with no rain the fun and mayhem began. Laughter all the way. But the ever vigilant team made it all so easy on the day. Competent and caring, is how they were described. Did w have fun ? Mad fun, someone said it was the crazied thing he did since getting married, while another suggested that it was a terrific orgasmic experience !!! wow… The general view as we sat in the most delightful Mullichan cafe in St. Mullins, amid nourishing soup and toasties ,was a resounding successful day out with GOWITHTHEFLOW. With many thanks and we’ll be back Bridget Forristal and gang On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Bridget Forristal
Hi Charlie, Thank you for a great day and for the photos Joanna
Frances Griffin commented on Go with the Flow River Adventures’s April 28th album. Frances wrote: “Great day out. Some deadly photos there Charlie. Big thanks to you and Rachel. We’ll be back! Frances & Dolores.”
“Hi Charlie I wanted to thank you for all your help with our trip. It was the best of our expeditions yet. We’ve paddled in the UK, Scandanavia and eastern Europe but this year’s expedition topped the others. The wild campsites were just what we like (wild!), the scenery was stunning and the paddling challenging. I’ve never paddled a navigation before- the weirs were glorius- even the two that I sank in! and the locks provided easy portages to those that looked too fierce. I’m back in London now, bored and wishng I was back out the river. The hostel in New Ross was lovely and Paddy taxi’d us into town in the evening at a very good rate. I hope the rest of the season goes well for you. We will definitely consider Ireland again next year for our 10th trip- have you got any more rivers in your neck of the woods? Kind regards”
“A fantastic 4 day holiday for us …the beauty and serenity of the Barrow with the paddling and chat whilst looking out for wildlife really brought the family together in this shared adventure. The girls (11 & 13) each in a boat with a parent, kept going well and although the first day was long, it was nothing more than a ‘satisfied tired’. Good quality B&Bs along the way with a helpful friendly welcome made it all the better. The day we had of guided canoeing with Charlie was absolutely fantastic – he clearly loves it and his experience made the white water both safe and fun. Well done Charlie! And thank you for tailoring the holiday exactly to our needs, and adapting as we went along; “go with the flow” couldn’t be more apt.”
“Hi Charlie, I just want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to yourself and Kevin for such an enjoyable day non Saturday. All the girls had a great experience. It was also great to have the photos up on facebook so soon. I will certainly recommend you to friends and family. Thanks again.”
“Hey Charlie, Just wanted to say a massive thanks from all ten of us, myself, Dee, Eoin, John, Grace, Patrick, Aileen, Elma and the two Rachels for a fantastic weekend. We had a great time and all really enjoyed ourselves and looking forward to doing another river soon. Thanks again.”
“Hi Charlie, the thanks are to you, not us, for making it such a good weekend for everybody. We all thoroughly enjoyed everything and were most impressed by your hard work in making sure that everything went well. I am sure the boys would be delighted to see a CD of the photos. I will recommend the weekend you provided for us to anyone that asks. Best regards.”
Miriam bought a canoe online and had it shipped to Northern Ireland “Hi Charlie The canoe and paddles arrived safely this afternoon and my husband is delighted with it! Many thanks for all your help and your excellent service, we can’t wait to get the trolley and get going!! We’ll let you know when it arrives. Please pass our thanks onto Tony for his first-rate delivery service, we really appreciate it too. Kind regards”
When Eire Og Senior footballers wanted to have a day out together we had a few things we wanted to achieve; it needed to be fun, it needed to be about the team, it needed to be exciting and memorable and ideally, in the times we are in, in Carlow. We decided to utilise the River Barrow for our team building day and Charlie Horan of Go With the Flow was the perfect answer. The day proved to be an even bigger success than we could have hoped for. Starting at beautiful Clashganny we paired off in our canoes and spent a memorable four hours white water rafting and racing down to Graiguenamanagh. It was unbelievable value for money, it was on our doorstep and achieved in a couple of hours what would normally take a weekend to do. I would highly recommend Go With The Flow to all organisations looking for something different, for a bit of craic and team building. We’ll be back!!
“Hi Charlie we are nature lovers and hate tourists and crowds and this was definitely the type of holiday where you can get away from it all. To paddle almost silently downstream with a perfusion of wild flowers in full bloom along the riverbanks and Kingfishers darting on ahead of us was magical. We did capsize a couple of times but were blessed with sunny weather and soon dried out. Each village we stopped at was lovely, so pretty with all the flower displays and not a piece of litter to be seen. Top marks for the hotels they were a welcome luxury at the end of a tiring day and a wonderful breakfast to start a new day. And yes on the last day we did see an Otter, standing above a small waterfall looking for fish…… It was truly a fitting finish to our adventures Canoeing down the River Barrow. Many Thanks”
“Hi Charlie, I just wanted to say a big “THANK YOU!” from all of us hens that you and Nathan took out on the river last Saturday afternoon, 22nd May. We had an absolute ball, and we really enjoyed sliding down over the weirs and rapids! It was a great chance to dunk the bride to be as well. It was brilliant fun, ye really looked after us,(even providing spare shorts for the unprepared!) and the sunny weather you organised for us was fabulous Also, thanks again for waiting on for the two girls to arrive when they were so delayed, and directing them down to the river, we all really appreciated it. We’ll all be telling everybody we know to try out your river adventures, and I’ll definitely be back again. Best wishes,”
“Thanks so much for a brilliant river adventure. It was the perfect hangover cure for all 17 of us. We all agreed that you have the patience of a saint. Our favourite bits were “free-floating” down the rapids in our buoyancy jackets and doing your so-called “challenges” which we are convinced are not actually achievable (nothing at all related to our canoe skills of course)!!!! The trip was worth every cent and it was a great way for the girls to get to know each other. We are still laughing about it all and will be for some time. I’ll recommend Go With The Flow to everyone – especially my friends for hen and stag parties. I’ve no doubt that we’ll meet again. Make sure to send me on any good photos that you have. A huge thanks again from me and all the girls, kind regards,”
Hi Charlie, Sarah Owen also commented on Go with the Flow River Adventures’s video “River Safari – April 8th.” Sarah wrote: “Thanks Charlie, great day on the water!”
Thanks so much for the day Charlie! The pictures are so much fun to look through (I passed the link onto my friends to check out), I only wish we could have stayed out longer!