FAMILY SAFARI DAYS
Do something unique and go where few other tourists get to experience.
Choose one of our half or full day activity excursions and spend some quality time paddling some of the most enchanting waterways in Ireland. Go With The Flow adventures take you into beautiful, unspoilt and exciting waterways.
Our instructors will guide you along exclusive trails and show you how to shoot weirs and ride the rapids. We will pass through dramatic landscapes, mysteries wooded valleys and old navigations once used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple. You can bring a picnic, visit the playground of The Incredible Mr Kavanagh and take a swim in tranquil sheltered waters of our favourite remote pools.
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If you’re keen to get the family active in outdoor activities – Someday is now. Don’t just sign up for any old canoeing activity. Go With The Flow River Safaries are the adventures you dream of.
We did the Barrow Thrills and Spills tour, first thing in the morning (10am). We were a family with one adult and 5 kids aged from 14 to 7. Our guides were Cliff and Luke, both of whom were great. No problem finding the location with the directions given and Google maps.
We had our own wetsuits and they gave us helmets and buoyancy aids. We also had proper beach shoes. Cliff told us that you need good shoes if you did fall out, although no one did. We got good safety instruction from the start and Cliff reminded us as we went around. But really it was quite safe and I had no worries about the kids once we got under way, I could tell it was going to be a successful morning. The river water was very clean, no problems.
We went over 2 weirs, 2 rapids and through 2 locks. On one of the weirs, we could get back around to do it again and the kids loved it, they did it 5 times!
We went about 2 hour on the water. This was about enough for our group as it is circular so the kids had to paddle upstream (mostly along the canal part of the river so not as bad as they would have you believe!). They were tired at the end.
There are clean changing rooms and toilets. We brought a picnic and this was demolished in no time.
Beautiful location and a great trip. Highly recommended. One of the kids said it was “way beyond cool”.
My 12-year-old Pia and I had an absolute blast kayaking down the Barrow. Charlie has a great, people-friendly operation and is very professional. Perfect pace, spectacular scenery, and just the right amount of exertion. Would highly recommend.
Second time down the Barrow with Charlie , my sons birthday party and i knew his buddies would love it. Highly recommend this whether its a team building day or an afternoon with the kids ….5 star.
Great morning 4 children and me! Great craic down rapids and weirs. Charlie excellent and made it even better for the kids. Highly recommended for family activity
Prior to a recent trip to Kilkenny, we were looking for something to amuse our 13 year old and 10 year old girls. We came across Go with the Flow on Tripadvisor and decided to give it a go. We were thrilled that we did! From the start Charlie was a pleasure to deal with, calm and reassuring. The adventure brought us through locks and weirs, through rapids and through gentle flowing waters where the only sounds were splashing water and bird song…wonderful!
Charlie was a wonderful guide, great fun and very patient. He has a great knowledge of the local area and of the history of the waterways. He managed to stay patient with the girls when they ‘accidentally’ fell out of the boat….3 times!
I cannot recommend this trip highly enough for a great family adventure, we have taken home some wonderful memories.
“Fantastic experience for all the family”
We had a wonderful day with Charlie and his team , yesterday. We were out kayaking in the beautiful surroundings of the river barrow, an area of outstanding natural beauty. We were a motley group of children , some as young as 8 , and experienced and novice kayakers. ‘Go with the flow ‘ ensured that all our needs were catered for well.
My young son was a little nervous to start off, Charlie spent a lot of time explaining the river, the weir , rapids etc to him, and accompanied him down his first weir.
As a result he really enjoyed the afternoon and was so proud of himself coming back to land.
I would highly recommend this trip to families it was a highlight of our summer.
This area is unspoilt and very beautiful , it was fantastic to kayak down the river alongside the barrow walkway.
“A super day trip”
We were a large group of family and friends and had a super day on the river with the guys. Floating down the rapids was the best part. We all definitely want to do it again, even make it a regular event. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. The guys were really accommodating too as some people were late and were in a hurry, but they made it work for all of us. We won’t forget it. Thanks so much.
We went canoeing with Go with the Flow last week as a family (2 adults, 2 teenagers) one afternoon with Rachel as our guide. It was just fantastic. The river and scenery is breathtaking. Rachel was fabulous. She is an excellent guide, with a great sense of humour, great security awareness, and very patient with us all. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and it is one of the highlights of our three weeks in Ireland. Can only but recommend!
“The Highlight of our Holiday”
A big thank you to Charlie who made our first canoeing experience a fabulous adventure. We had lots of spills and thrills and most importantly great fun. The I would highly recommend ‘Go with the Flow river adventures’. The river Barrow is beautiful and we got to see some of the wildlife along the banks From the booking to the actual adventure Charlie was a pleasure to deal with. We will certainly be back. Thank you for the memories.
Had an absolutely fantastic time today on the river . Charlie & Rachel were so nice and so helpful. 5 adults and 8 kids all very impressed with our adventure we will definitely be back for more
“Canoeing with Charlie”- June 2015
An absolutely incredible afternoons fun. Literally could not fault it on anything. All gear supplied, really comprehensive safety training beforehand and ideal changing facilities. Charlie also has the patience of a saint. Despite a member of our group capsizing every 20 seconds, he remained professional and understanding throughout. Would return tomorrow in a heartbeat.
5 Star day, 5 star instructor, 5 star experience!!! Cannot fault this exhilarating experience. Thank you Charlie so much. You are simply the best, a gentleman. Your professionalism put me at my ease, I couldn’t believe that I was so relaxed which allowed me to enjoy the day. Just brilliant. Great fun. I have been recommending this experience to everyone I have spoken with. My 9 year old son & friend had a ball riding the rapids, weirs & negotiating the locks. In my son’s words; fantastic! Thanks Charlie
Hi Charlie and Rachel Thank you for a fantastic day on Thursday Mark Kai and I loved our day hoping to come back in the summer have told all our friends about such a fantastic day.Since we’ve come home have been in Oysterhaven with Kai looking at canoes.It made our Easter Holidays Thank You.
The next morning, after a big breakfast, we set off for our second hotel-organised adventure – canoeing. We drove to pretty Borris in Carlow, where Charlie Horan, who has run Go With The Flow for 20 years, brought us to Clashganny.
Charlie looks like he loves the outdoors. But not only is he passionate about canoeing, he is a font of knowledge on local history.
Slapped into our supplied wetsuits, Charlie gave us detailed instructions, but ensured we were excited, rather than apprehensive. He took the two kids in one canoe; my wife and I went in another.
I was at the back steering, or attempting to and soon after, we took our first weir. It was exhilarating. The kids screamed and burst with excitement.
We paddled along the Barrow and crashed and bounced through some white water. All the time Charlie had us under his quiet, but assured, control, peppering his advice with humour and historical nuggets.
One of the highlights was going through some locks, which Charlie had to open and close and guide our two kids as they canoed their own way through the gates. At one stage , this time my wife steering, I hasten to add, we started to go in the wrong direction.
We burst out laughing. But after many minutes, a certain edge crept into our voices. When we eventually sorted ourselves out, Charlie told us these canoes are called “divorce boats” in the US. It was a memorable experience for us all – and one we will certainly repeat.
Afterwards, we had a hotel-supplied picnic beside the beautiful nine-arch bridge in scenic Goresbridge village. And then home. Happy campers.
“Thanks for a great day yesterday, I’m going to pass the photos on to Dáire, he’ll love them!
He had a great day, really enjoyed the white water and was amazed at the peace all around. His comment “you’d get a great night’s sleep here, until the birds woke you up” says it all. He also told his Nana that he’d go back again Praise indeed!
I’ll definitely be passing your website on to our ‘week-end away’ co-ordimator in work, and you never know, maybe we’ll be in touch again.
Thank-you again for everything”
“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.”
From the moment I spoke with Charlie in December 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