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Barrow Way Walking Holiday 5 Days

Considered one of the most scenic and picturises inland waterways the Barrow is the second-longest river in Ireland at 192 km after the Shannon. The Barrow river along with River Nore and River Suir forms the three sisters of Ireland.

Passing through Ireland's most scenic countryside, River Barrow Walkway is a delight for tourists. The Barrow starts in Country Laois and flows through Kildar, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, and Wexford.
The river and its reedy banks abound in river flora harbouring a wealth of wildlife and fish. Canal boats, barges, and canoes.

The riverway is fringed with reeds and river flora, harbouring a wealth of wildlife on its way. People have replaced cargo on the Barrow in boats and barges along its 68 kilometres of navigable waterways.

Scenic Barrow River view

Barrow Way Walking Holiday 5 Days Programme


  • St. Mullins
  • Beautifull River walks
  • Ancient sites and architecture
  • B&B accommodation

We also offer a 8-day tour on the Barrow.


Day 1

Arrive in Carlow

Make your way to Carlow and your first accommodation. We will provide you will all the information you need on transfer options with Public Transport.

Carlow staat bekend om zijn rijke voorraad historische en archeologische voorwerpen van heidense vindplaatsen zoals de Brownshill Dolmen en om zijn kerkelijke nederzettingen, waarvan er vele van nationaal belang zijn.

Day 2


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.

Walk: 17km, 4.5 hours

Day 3


Leaving Bagenalstown and it’s many historic sites we make our way south to Borris. Here the Barrow Way crosse with the Leinster way which in turn connects to the Wicklow Way.

Walk: 18 km, 5 hours.

Day 4

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 5

Departure from St. Mullins

Depart from St. Mullins.
Or if you are not tired, hike back to Dublin via Wicklow Way!

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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Our walks range from easy to moderately challenging. Most of our walks are along signposted routes. the distances vary from 8 to 20 km. We can supply the routes in Viewranger for you to follow on your smartphone.

In most places we can book extra nights for you at the start or the end of your tour. We will also provide you with information on how to get there and to the starting point of the walk or the airport. Just let us know what you would like and we’ll do our best to help you.

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    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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