The Barrow Way is an award winner!

A rambler following the Barrow Way

Why you should hike the Barrow Way

With its flowing streams, bright greenery and charming villages scattered along the way. It’s no wonder The Barrow Way is highly esteemed as one of Ireland’s most stunning inland waterways. Explore 192km of beautiful scenery from River Nore through River Suir to become part of the celebrated Three Sisters!

Clashganny-Lock-River-Barrow During Walking Tour Ireland
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Set in Ireland’s picturesque countryside, the River Barrow is an idyllic escape for ramblers and hikers. At 68 kilometres long, it winds through Laois, Kildare, Carlow Kilkenny Waterford and Wexford. This provides a unique opportunity to witness a wealth of flora and fauna along its bankside reeds. Boats replace cargo on the riverway that used to be transported by tow barge a mere century ago.

The River Barrow is brimming with life. From river flora to various wildlife species, this beautiful waterway provides abundant historical sites and welcoming towns and villages.

An Irish Times Award-Winning Tourism Destination

If you’re looking for the perfect summer holiday, the Barrow Way is a hidden gem that should be at the top of your list. Its stunning riverside trails and wide range of adventure sports are sure to make it an unforgettable experience. In 2015, the Irish Times and Discover Ireland named this breathtaking location one of the best in all of Ireland! With its calm waters, lush greenery and Mediterranean vibes, even locals might forget they’re still northside. A trip down to Barrow Way will have lasting memories for anyone who visits. Take advantage of what could become your favourite spot!

Discover one of Ireland’s hidden gems and discover the beauty that lies within. The Barrow walking trail takes you on an unforgettable journey along the original towpath, making it a truly unique experience – untouched by many yet filled with breathtaking scenery! A soothing atmosphere awaits as your senses are invigorated from exploring this special part of Ireland on foot. Why not book this wondrous walking tour today?

The Walking Trail

Embark on the Barrow Way, a 114 km journey through 70 miles of Ireland’s majestic countryside. Experience breathtaking views and quaint towns that hearken back to days gone by. When historic trading posts supplied wheat from upstream farms to Guinness breweries in Dublin. Before finally shipping barrels of its famous brew downstream for thirsty customers. Take this unique opportunity to indulge your senses with beautiful landscapes steeped in Irish charm!

Paddle boarding on the Barrow River.

The Walking Tours on the Barrow Way

For those who love the outdoors, the Barrow Way Route is ideal for an eight- or five-day hike. On your journey, you’ll travel down grassy tow paths and pass ancient bridges, majestic arches, and charming villages. What more could you ask for on this unique trail? 

Experience a unique walking holiday on the Barrow Way! Stretching from Dublin to County Waterford, this path is sure to delight ramblers with its various stages and amazing scenery. With our five-day or eight-day packages at Walking Holiday Ireland, as well as an extended two-week trip which includes both The Barrow Way and Wicklow way, you can explore all this stunning trail. Relax after your journey in one of many welcoming bed and breakfasts peppered along the route for ultimate rejuvenation before continuing again tomorrow!

The stages of the Barrow Way

Stage 1: Robertstown to Monasterevin

The Barrow Way walk starts from Lowtown in County Kildare, just west of Dublin. The first stage of the walk leads you into the town of Monasterevin. The trail follows the canal’s raised banks and offers picturesque Irish countryside views. The first stretch covers the historic ruins of the fortress of Dunamase, the scenic countryside views of Hill of Allen, and the Wicklow Mountains. Overnight near Monasterevin.

Stage 2: Monasterevin to Athy

Stage two of the trail will take you from Monasterevin to the heritage town of Athy. The Anglo-Normans developed Athy in the 13th century to secure the river crossing and have several exciting heritage walks. The walking trail covers architectural interest points like quaint bridges and traditional houses.

Stage 3: Athy to Carlow

From Athy, we will join the river, and this track will pass through the county of Carlow. Along this stretch, you will pass many attractive old mills and lifting bridges before you reach the historic town of Carlow. Carlow is the largest town on River Barrow. Make sure you check out the Castle and Cathedral while in town. Overnight in Carlow.

Stage 4: Carlow to Bagenalstown

This stage of the Barrow Walk will take you from Carlow to Bagenalstown. Milford, about 7km south of Carlow, is arguably the most picturesque area on the river. Set in a peaceful location with three bridges, a large wooded area, and large mill buildings, the town of Milford is a perfect antidote to the fast-paced modern world. Overnight in Bagenalstown

Stage 5: Bagenalstown to Borris

Leaving Bagenalstown and its many historical sites, we make our way south to Borris, which also lies on the distance trail, The Leinster way. At Ballytiglea Bridge, we leave the Barrow Way to reach your accommodation in Borris 2 km). Overnight in Borris.

Stage 6: Borris to St. Mullins

The final stage of the tour leads into the religious settlement of St. Mullins, surrounded by a robust ecclesiastical theme and beautiful woodlands. St. Mullins is set on a fabulous stretch of the Barrow Valley. This walk will conclude your glorious, scenic and picturesque Barrow Way Walking Holiday.

Barrow River view
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Things to consider while planning your Barrow Way Walking Holiday:

  • Please don’t overdo it. Prepare to take it in stretches and book accordingly.
  • Carry a comfortable pair of shoes, including a lot of walking.
  • Carry a bottle of water and snacks while you are on the trail.
  • Don’t litter this beautiful piece of heaven, and stick to the “Leave No Trace” principles!