Paddle Your Own Canoe
Escape from it all for just a few days. Paddling down the Barrow river offers a freedom rarely encountered in the mad rush of our busy lives. No experience necessary. Bring the tent, camp wild and here are just some of the experiences you can expect.
Incredibly quiet and peaceful waterway
A 240 year old navigation once used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple throughout the southeast
Wild camping ………wild swimming
Pretty lock-keepers cottages
Magnificent hand built weirs
Majestic mature wooded valleys
Old castles, ancient churches and historic estate houses
Abundant wildlife like Herons, Otters, Egrets, Kingfishers, Dippers, Ducks and their young and the occasional swan.
Interesting towns and villages, friendly pubs, unusual eateries and shops to restock
Come along and immerse yourself in this inspiring nature corridor. Forget about work, relax, chill out and allow the rhythm of your paddle to meditate your mind.
If there is one adventure that is a must do on this beautiful island the Barrow trail is for sure the most rewarding.
Go with the Flow – River Adventures offer canoe hire on the Beautiful Barrow river.
Starting in Monasterevin you can spend up to 6 days paddling and camping along this exceptional waterway. Towns along the way are Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Baganelstown, Goresbridge, Borris, Graignamanagh, St. Mullins and New Ross. Each town and village is unique in character and has a whole lot to offer the visitor, so it is worth doing a little research as to what to see and do along your trail. Guide books are available and can be posted out to you in advance of your adventure. All of the towns and villages are accessible by public transport so if you don’t have 6 days you can stop along the way and get a bus home. There is also a bus link to Kilkenny from New Ross, St. Mullins, Graignamanagh, Borris and Goresbridge.
We also supply barrels and drybags to protect your belongings.
We do not provide any form of insurance with our canoe hire service. We therefore highly recommend that you take out a travel or holiday insurance policy that will cover canoeing activity up to level / grade 3 water. It is also recommended that if you are bringing along electronic items that you have them insured and that you have provide waterproof storage for each.
It is a condition of hire that you will not attempt to shoot or go down any weirs while still in the canoe. This activity is dangerous and could very easily lead to injury or loss or damage to property.
There is a navigation channel running the entire length of the waterway which avoids all weirs and rapids.
Buoyancy jackets are provided for each individual and by law your required to wear them at all times while canoeing. Helmets can also be provided.
Canoes can be picked up from where you finish. However you may be asked to secure them until we can get there.
The cost of a multi day trip is around 40 euro per person per day.