Cruising & Boating

Cruising The Royal Canal near Kenagh, County Longford.History & Info
After many years of laying derelict, The Royal Canal, which was built between 1789 and 1817 and then closed in the 1961, is now mainly restored to its former glory. It was officially re-opened on September 30th 2010 at Richmond Harbour in Clondra and is navigable from Spencer Dock in Dublin to Richmond Harbour in Clondra in Co Longford. Clondra is the point where the Canal meets the River Shannon. Its magnificent cut stone harbour make it a particularly attractive village, full of reminders of canal life with pubs offering traditional music, excellent food and drink, and Fáilte Ireland registered accommodation.
DSC_7788Rural Tranquility
The Royal Canal Way is a 90 mile long publicly owned right of way crosses through counties Dublin, Kildare Meath and Westmeath before entering county Longford at Abbeyshrule. Travelling by boat along ‘The Royal Canal’ brings visitors through a wild and beautiful landscape that remains largely unspoilt and untamed. It is a tranquil journey that  introduces travellers to a variety of wild flora and fauna they would perhaps otherwise never see. It allows the visitor to meander at their own pace through County Longford from the village of Abbeyshrule, then Ballymahon, kenagh, Killashee, and on to Clondra village. A branch of the Canal links the main line with the county town of Longford. Those walking ‘The Royal Canal Way’ have the choice of branching off into Longford town or continuing on to Clondra, whichever they prefer.Those travelling by water will have to remain on the main line as the Longford stretch is still in the process of being restored for navigation.

The Royal canal at KenaghVillages,Canal Folk and Festivals
Much of the canal paths close to the villages have been enhanced in recent years so it is possible at most harbours to dock your boat and enjoy a short sojourn into the local shops to stock up on supplies or chat with the locals. A wide variety of events and festivals take place in the towns and villages along the banks of the canal throughout the year. These events bring an eclectic group of visitors to the county. Those with a love of canal cruising are joined by those with a love of music, dance, cultural and heritage weekends, canoeing, water polo, angling, walking and cycling. Added to the changing calendar of events is the annual canal rally and the heritage boat cruise. Those living along or near  the canal are a distinct type of people; open, friendly, curious and ready to help out the visitors travelling by boat with local information or locally produced vegetables and baked goods etc. Whichever it is, visitors along the Royal Canal in Longford can be assured of a welcome and warm hospitality. It is these types of experience which make travelling the Royal Canal a joy from start to finish.

Richmond Harbour in ClondraFor further information on boat hire and cruising The Royal Canal please contact:
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