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Welcome to the Royal Canal Greenway

It’s time to plan your next adventure as Ireland’s longest greenway is now open. The greenway is 130km of level towpath that is suitable for walkers, runners and cyclists of any age. The trail will take you across four counties of Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Longford.

Map of the Royal Canal Greenway

Fill Your Heart

The Greenway follows the pathway of a 200 year old canal with many attractions, picnic spots, cafés and accommodation along its route to ensure you get the most out of your outdoor adventure. There is also bike hire at various stages. As you move through the different regions you will be met with picturesque waterside villages, working locks and historic landmarks alongside countryside landscapes that will fill your heart and sooth your mind.

Moranstown, Westmeath

Make a Break of it!

The Royal Canal Greenway also encompasses regions of Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, giving you an opportunity to visit places such as Newgrange in Co. Meath, a world-famous passage tomb built in 3200BC, making it older than the Pyramids. Another top place to see is Belvedere House and its gorgeous Victorian walled gardens, which is dubbed one of Ireland’s most dramatic family houses with a fascinating history to discover.

Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb in County Meath

You can start and finish the Greenway at any point, but if you would like to explore it all, why not book B&B accommodation along its sections to fully experience its hidden gems and what they offer? After a busy day exploring you can relax and recharge for the next day’s adventure. If you want to cycle some or all of the trail, there is bike hire available in Maynooth, Mullingar and Cloondara.

Kildare B&BsMeath B&BsWestmeath B&BsLongford B&Bs

Royal Canal Greenway fun for all the family.

National Famine Way

The Royal Canal Greenway is part of a growing number of greenways that are being developed across Ireland. In fact, the bulk of this Greenway includes the 167km National Famine Way trail which follows the footsteps of 1,490 emigrants who were forced to walk this route during the 1847 famine. These greenways offer fabulous outdoor amenities and a chance to see and learn about fascinating Irish history along the way.

Images: 1, 2 & 4 Waterways Ireland

Posted: 29 Mar 2021 by Claire Regan | with 0 comments

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