Grand Canal Trail
The Grand Canal has so much to offer………You can walk, run, cycle or canoe it.
The Grand Canal Way follows pleasant grassy towpaths, gravel and sometimes tarmac canal-side roads from Lucan Bridge near Adamstown in County Dublin 124km to Shannon Harbour on Ireland’s longest river.
The Grand Canal Way is a beautiful, not to mention FLAT walk suitable for all levels of fitness.
The route is an informal linear park punctuated by the locks that characterize canal technology, carefully restored surviving lock-keepers cottages, and the towns and villages whose existence is owed to the trade and commerce the canal brought in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Much of the landscape through which the route passes has been untouched by modern agriculture and remains a linear oasis for the flora and fauna that was originally common throughout our countryside. The many towns and villages along the way provide walkers with accommodation possibilities along the route, these places can act as starting and finishing points for those who want to sample only sections of the route.