The Barrow. Our River Your Journey


Barrow Way

The second longest river in Ireland, the River Barrow is a bustling, colourful navigation. The river runs for 192 km from its source in Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the midlands of Ireland to the sea. The Barrow has long been recognised as a unique area of great natural beauty with high amenity value, traversing the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.The Barrow Navigation is the stretch of the River Barrow between Athy in Co. Kildare and St. Mullins in Co. Carlow. Above Athy, the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal links the Barrow Navigation to the main line of the Grand Canal at Lowtown in Co. Kildare. From there the Grand Canal crosses the country west to the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest waterways network and east to Dublin. Travelling along the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal is a tranquil experience, with a wealth of waterway heritage and history to be enjoyed. The Barrow Navigation offers a different experience for the visitor being remarkably picturesque, with short man-made canal cuts by-passing shallow stretches of the river.The Barrow is a bustling river with a wealth of activities for the visitor to enjoy – from walking or cycling along the unspoilt Barrow Towpath, to catching the regular spottings of herons and kingfishers along its banks and fishing, boating and canoeing.This website provides information on the many attractions, heritage and history of the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal, the Barrow Navigation and as far as the town of New Ross in Co. Wexford also lying on the River Barrow and Inistioge in Co. Kilkenny on the River Nore.All attractions featured are within 5 kms of the river bank.