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Barrow Way Walking Holiday - 8 Day Tour

The Barrow River is considered one of the most beautiful and scenic rivers in Ireland. At 192 km in length the second longest river in Ireland. The river, together with the Nore and the Suír de rivers, forms three sisters (The Three Sisters) of Ireland. This beautiful walking tour runs through Ireland's most idyllic countryside and is a real pleasure for tourists. The Barrow starts in County Laois and flows through Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

Bagenalstown towpath on the Barrow

Barrow Way Walking Holiday - 8 Day Tour

Including baggage transfers and B&B accommodation.


  • Add a day (or two ) in Dublin
  • Airport transfers

Please also check our 5-day trek along the Barrow river and canal.


Day 1

Arrival in Naas, Co. Kildare

After arriving in Ireland make your way to your first accommodation in Naas.

Day 2

Robertstown / Lowtown to Monasterevin

The Barrow Way walk starts from Lowtown in County Kildare just west of Dublin. The first stage of the walk is leading you into the town of Monasterevin. The trail follows the raised banks of the Barrow Canal and offers you picturesque views of the Irish countryside. 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.
Walk: 24 kms. 5.5 hours

Day 3

Monasterevin to Athy

Stage two of the trail will take you from Monasterevin to the heritage town of Athy. Athy was developed in the 13th-century by the Anglo-Normans to secure the river crossing and has a number of interesting heritage walks. The walking trail also covers many points of architectural interest like quaint bridges and traditional houses along the way.
Walk: 22 km, 5 hours.

Day 4

Athy to Carlow

From Athy, we will join the Barrow river and this track will pass through the county of Carlow Along this stretch you will pass many interesting 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 Cathedrale while in town. Overnight in Carlow.
Walk: 21 km, 4.5 hours

Day 5

Carlow 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 areas on the Barrow river. Set in a peaceful location with 3 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
Walk: 17km, 4.5 hours

Day 6

Bagenalstown to Borris

Leaving Bagenalstown and it’s many historic 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.
Walk: 18 km, 5 hours.

Day 7

Borris to St. Mullins

The final stage of the Barrow Way leads into the religious settlement of St. Mullins which is 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 of your glorious, scenic and picturises Barrow Way Walking Holiday.
Walk: 17 km, 5 hours

Day 8

Departure from St. Mullins

Departure from St. Mullins

What’s included in our Walking holidays?

  • Carefully selected family-run and welcoming  B&B accommodation.
  • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms.*
  • A full Irish breakfast to keep your engines running.
  • Complimentary luggage transfers.
  • Detailed maps and route notes so you never get lost.
  • Local advice on places to visit and where to eat.**
  • Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday.
  • Waterproof map case to keep your documents dry.
  • Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request.
  • Need information on local transport options? We’re happy to assist!
  • 24/7 local emergency contact.

What’s not included?

  • Your flights 
  • Travel and baggage insurance
  • Lunches / Evening meals

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom.

** You will have the opportunity to purchase picnic lunches and evening meals each day. If you are staying in a remote location, the B&B owner will prepare a tasty surprise for you upon request.


During your self-guided walking holiday in Ireland, you will be accommodated in local family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodation is approved by Bord Failte – the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and are at least 3 stars. Rooms are twin, double or triple en-suite and single rooms are also available on request.

Need anything else?

At Walking Holiday Ireland we pride ourselves in providing a unique experience where we look after all the details of your trip. This allows you to completely immerse yourself in the Irish landscape and culture.

Please do not hesitate to contacts us should you have any additional requirements or needs and we will endeavour to provide these to our best ability.

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  1. Paul & Rachel van Beek:

    The Barrow way was an absolute gem!

    Many thanks for this wonderful experience. We loved the tranquil walks and friendly B&B on this trip. Everything was arranged perfectly and we loved the recommendations for the restaurants and sights along the way. We will definitely be back to walk the Wicklow Way next year!

    Paul & Rachel van Beek
    Amersfoort, Netherlands

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