Cycling on the Royal canal and its Origins

Starting in Dublin, the work on constructing the canal was completed in 1817 when it reached Richmond Harbour in Clondara. By the 1950's the canal had fallen into disrepair and was officially closed in 1961. Following extensive restoration work the Royal Canal was opened to navigation in 2010 reigniting enthusiasm for the triangular route from Dublin to the Shannon via the Royal and Grand Canals.? As with all of Ireland's waterways the canal passes through some of Europe's most beautiful countryside and, whether you are on a boat,Bike or simply on foot, you'll have ample opportunity to enjoy it all. The towpath that has been so lovingly cleared has now been designated The Royal Canal Way (a National Way Marked Way). The Royal Canal is truly a snapshot of the past. There are bridges dating back over 200 years and buildings in Abbeyshrule that can be traced back to 1200 A.D. As with old buildings some superstitions have thrived, like Deey Bridge at the 13th Lock, which is reputed to be haunted; the old boatmen would never moor there overnight.

Please check our link for Midlands Historical Cycle tour including  cycling part  of  the Royal Canal - 5 Day Cycle Tour.   We also have 1 day and half  day bike rental running from Clondra Harbour up to Newcastle House and Ballymahon. Please Contact us for further details.

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