The Barrow river is considered one of the most scenic and picturises inland waterways. Passing through Ireland’s most scenic countryside, River Barrow Walkway is a delight for tourists.
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Barrow Way Walking Holiday - 8 Days
This fabulous walking holiday runs downstream from north to south along the Barrow river and canals. Starting in Robertstown in County Kildare and ending in St. Mullins in Co. Carlow. The walks are considered easy to moderate as they are flat and are on average 20km per day over the 6 walking days. This Walking Tour is great for those new to walking in Ireland and can be easily combined with a few lovely extra days exploring Dublin city at the start or end of the tour.
In a competition organised by Irish Times and Discover Ireland in 2015, Barrow Way made the shortlist in the top 5 best days out in Ireland category. This is “a place to share and to create treasured memories.” On a hot day summer, Barrow Way will give you the experience of being in the South of France.
The ‘Barrow Way’ is a walking trail that is long-distance, it follows the original towpath of the river. It is one of Ireland’s most scenic and iconic trails which still remains not discovered by many. Why not explore an undiscovered piece of Ireland by walking the barrow way walking trail. This glorious walking trail has the promise to take your breath away and fill you with peace and calm.
Barrow Way 8 day walking holiday
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.
Arrival in Naas, Co. Kildare
After arriving in Ireland make your way to your first accommodation in Naas.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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