ENJOY THE CHALLENGE OF THE RIVER BARROW
The river Barrow is Ireland’s second longest river, almost 192 km from its source in the Sliabh Bloom mountains to where it enters the sea at Waterford harbour.
An undiscovered gem where tranquil, uncrowded waters, stunning scenery and a plethora of friendly village pubs compete to renew the spirit and soothe the soul.
The many locks along the navigation provide a welcome break to your journey. These will keep the crew busy and help work up a thirst. For the less energetic the local lockeeper is always at hand to assist your passage
Often compared to the Rhine by our visitors. The variety and tranquil beauty of its landscapes are undisputed. While the numerous monuments and ruins speckled along its banks bear testimony to its ancient past. Mooring overnight at one of the many towns and villages provides a chance to sample the local cuisine, quench your thirst and perhaps join in a singsong in the numerous riverside pubs.
The Barrow valley plays host to a wide range of activities including, cycling, hillwalking, towpath walking, horse riding, swimming, ten pin bowling, snooker, museums, houses, gardens, game and coarse fishing. If golf is your forte there are some excellent courses at Carlow, Borris and Athy.
In mid-summer there are annual festivals at Carlow, Athy and Graignamanagh. If on the other hand you want to simply relax and unwind, what better way than a pint or two at one of the many traditional pubs.
An Irish holiday would not be complete without sampling the pure pint of Guinness on its native soil.
The Barrow Valley is a nature wonderland where unspoilt banks, open fields and leafy oak woodlands attract a wide variety of wildlife. Here you will find heron, mallard, mute swan and moorhens sharing the riverside with badgers, foxes, stoats, rabbits and hedgehogs.
A flash of saphire over the water, betrays the presence of the gaily coloured kingfisher, dipping and gliding above the surface. Around every river bend lies some as yet undiscovered treasure.
The beautiful Barrow Navigation waters provide a haven for both the novice and experienced angler. Game anglers will find trout and salmon fishing, while their course fishing friends will enjoy excellent bream, tench, rudd and pike fishing throughout the season. Permits are required to fish for salmon and trout. These are available from the local angling clubs or tackle shops
Whether its a quiet chat at a tiny village pub, a traditional singsong, a meal at the various restaurants or dancing the night away at the south east’s top nightclubs, the Barrow Navigation has it all. Whatever your choice of entertainment you will find a friendly Irish welcome that is world renowned.
wherever it takes you !