Houseboat | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Walk the Grand Canal to a unique Boat, Breakfast and Barge Trip experience
This is a very special package on Dublin's Doorstep for the outdoor enthusiast. Walk the banks of the Grand Canal and enjoy Ireland's unique countryside from Dublin to Sallins in Co Kildare, stay overnight on An Spideog, a lovingly restored traditional canal boat, and take the tiller the next morning and experience Canal Barge Cruising for a day's Barge Charter Hire on The Grand Canal in Co. Kildare.
Starting out from Lucan Bridge in West Dublin (10 mins from city centre) your journey begins at lunchtime. Head west along the tow-path and the still canal waters that form liquid roads across seventy-five miles of Co. Kildare open up before you. Rich in reminders of when the canals were a transport artery and a corridor of social contact the canal network is now one of the county's most valued assets, appreciated for its contribution both to the natural environment and the built heritage of the county. Although artificial in construction the canals complemented rather than dominated nature and their waters and banks sustain plant life, fish, birds and mammals in a habitat of attractive diversity.
You need to arrive in Sallins by 6pm where you can check in to your overnight accommodation on An Spideog, get a run through on how the on-board systems work before we untie the ropes for a barge handling training session. This will take about an hour and afterwards you are free to relax, cook on-board or avail of one of the fine restaurants and bars in Sallins.
After breakfast, which you can cook on-board or go across to the Cafe on the waterfront, your Barge Trip begins! The Grand Canal from Sallins to Robertstown covers some of the most picturesque and, from an industrial heritage aspect, some of the most intriguing sections of the canal network. You can also choose to journey up the 5 steps (canal locks) to the historic market town of Naas where the Canal goes to the center of town. The Barge must return to Sallins by 4pm where the suburban train will have you back in Dublin City in 30 minutes!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Heuston 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The East Ireland region
Sallins is an inland harbour village with all the charm of rural Ireland right on dublin's doorstep. Experience Co. Kildare's rolling pastureland in an area renowned for horse racing and fishing. The village center faces onto the Grand Canal and there are a fine selection of waterfront cafes and bars.
Kildare was shired in 1297 and assumed its present borders in 1832, following amendments to remove a number of enclaves and exclaves.
The county was the home of the powerful Fitzgerald family. Parts of the county were also part of the Pale area around Dublin