On the water

The Royal Canal was, of course, created for boats to travel on it. Although no longer in use as a commercial route, it has become a wonderful resource for leisurecraft of all sizes, from Kayaks to barges. The Royal Canal’s locks are wider than those of the Grand Canal, and so can accommodate bigger boats. In 2011, RTE, Irelands National Broadcaster, aired a TV series based on a barge journey along the length of the Royal Canal, entitled ‘Waterways – The Royal Canal’, and they have a website dedicated to the series here. As well as clips and trailers from the series, the site also features articles, photos, and video footage of some of the Wildlife, places of interest along the Canal, and its History. But it primarily gives a good taster for what it’s like to travel the Canal by boat.

Even if you’re not interested in travelling the entire length of the Canal, there are lots of rallies and events every year – see our Calendar Page for dates of some of them. Some of our members have been involved for over 40 years in the effort to maintain the Canal as a viable and navigable waterway, and are passionate boat-owners who will be only too pleased to welcome you to the Community.