The Barrow. Our River Your Journey

Why Visit the Barrow

The second longest river in Ireland, the River Barrow is a bustling, colourful navigation. The river runs for 192 km from its source in Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the midlands of Ireland to the sea. The Barrow has long been recognised as a unique area of great natural beauty with high amenity value, traversing the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.The Barrow Navigation is the stretch of the River Barrow between Athy in Co. Kildare and St. Mullins in Co. Carlow. Above Athy, the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal links the Barrow Navigation to the main line of the Grand Canal at Lowtown in Co. Kildare. From there the Grand Canal crosses the country west to the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest waterways network and east to Dublin. Travelling along the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal is a tranquil experience, with a wealth of waterway heritage and history to be enjoyed. The Barrow Navigation offers a different experience for the visitor being remarkably picturesque, with short man-made canal cuts by-passing shallow stretches of the river.The Barrow is a bustling river with a wealth of activities for the visitor to enjoy – from walking or cycling along the unspoilt Barrow Towpath, to catching the regular spottings of herons and kingfishers along its banks and fishing, boating and canoeing.This website provides information on the many attractions, heritage and history of the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal, the Barrow Navigation and as far as the town of New Ross in Co. Wexford also lying on the River Barrow and Inistioge in Co. Kilkenny on the River Nore.All attractions featured are within 5 kms of the river bank.


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From the Devil’s Eyebrow to the Gordon Bennett Race, from Lowtown to St Mullins . . . Discover the delightful Barrow Greenway, its historic villages and life stories, the heritage and wildlife, with this app and free audio guide.

The guide is ideal for anyone walking, cycling or boating the Barrow navigation and canal. The audio guide has 35 audio tracks, packed with stories and information, one for each stop every 3-5km along the 114 km way.  The full-featured app version is richly illustrated, and comes with a geo-located map, extra information and links, and costs €2.69.  It works offline, and there are no roaming charges.

Full details at where you can download the free MP3 version.




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The Barrow River in the South East of Ireland. The most undiscovered river in Europe.