Longford -Clondra -Royal Canal Trackway

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The Royal Canal Way is a 90 mile long publicly owned right of way which crosses through counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Westmeath before entering County Longford. It is a unique walkway that allows the visitor to meander at their own pace through some of Irelands most beautiful landscape. The Canal route through County Longford goes from Abbeyshrule to Ballymahon, kenagh, Killashee, and on to Richmond harbour at Clondra village, the point at which the canal meets with the River Shannon. Clondra, with its magnificent cut stone harbour is a particularly attractive village, with local pubs providing traditional Irish music, excellent food and drink, and Fáilte Ireland registered accommodation. Boats can be hired to cruise the canal on a weekly /forthnightly basis by contacting the boat company ‘locaboat’ which is based at Clondra in Co Longford.

The Royal Canal was built between 1790 and 1817. However, due to developments in rail and road transportation in the mid 19th century the canal was made redundant and was officially closed to all navigation in 1961.  After many years of campaigning by local community groups, the historic route has  now been restored to its former glory and is navigable from Spencer Dock in Dublin to Richmond Harbour in Clondra, County Longford. It was officially re-opened as a navigation route on September 30th, 2010 at Richmond Harbour in Clondra. The Canal carves its way from Spencer Dock in Dublin to Richmond Harbour in Clondra, County Longford, the point where the Royal Canal meets the River Shannon. The re-opening of this canal system provides visitors to the county of Longford with ever more varied opportunities for leisure activities on the Inland Waterways of Ireland.

In June 2014, the 16km section of the Royal Canal which links Longford town to Clondra was developed as a walking and cycling track by Longford Clondra Amenity Ltd in co-operation with Waterways Ireland, Longford Tourism, Longford County Council and Longford Community Resources Ltd. This off-road trackway is an excellent way to enjoy some of Longfords unspoilt landscape. It forms part of a wider tourism -driven walking and cycling corridor which is currently being developed.

Map of The Longford-Clondra Royal Canal Trackway

For more information on The Longford-Clondra Royal Canal Trackway please contact:
Longford Tourism Office

 

County Longford Tourism Office Market Square, Longford, Ireland    Phone: +353 (0)43 33 42577 +353 (0)85 8888876    Email: info@longfordtourism.ie