Royal & Grand Canal Heritage Week Walks;

Details of Heritage Week guided walks from 19th to 26th Aug Organised by the royal Canal amenity Group,

Web address;

Royal Canal

  • Sun 19th; Binns Bridge Drumcondra at 2.00 pm. > City Basin Blessington St
  • Tue 21st; Binns Bridge Drumcondra at 7.00 pm. > City Basin Blessington St
  • Wed 22nd; Binns Bridge Drumcondra at 2.00 pm. > City Basin Blessington St
  • Fri 24th; Binns Bridge Drumcondra at 7.00 pm. > City Basin Blessington St
  • Sat 25th; Cancelled due to Popes visit
  • Sun.26th; Binns Bridge Drumcondra at 2.00pm. > City Basin Blessington St

Dublin Bus Realtime Info. (Stop No. 834 from City Centre to Binns Bridge)

Irish Rail Realtime Info. (to & from Drumcondra Station)

Grand Canal

  • Sun 19th; Mount St Bridge at 12.00 noon > Ringsend Sea Lock
  • Tue 21st; Mount St Bridge at 7.00 pm. > Ringsend Sea Lock
  • Thurs 23rd; Mount St Bridge at 7.00 pm. > Ringsend Sea Lock
  • Fri 24th; Mount St Bridge at 12.00 noon > Ringsend Sea Lock

Dublin Bus Realtime Info. (Stop No. 411 from City Centre to Mount St. Grand Canal)


  • Sun 26th; 12th Lock at 2.00 pm. > 10th Lock Ashtown

12th Lock Link to Google Maps

Dublin Bus Realtime Info.  (Stop No. 1813 from City Centre to Blanchardstown Main St.)

Irish Rail Realtime Info. (to & from Castleknock Station)

The walks are about two hours long and are wheelchair friendly. All are welcome. For more Details contact 01 687 7034 or email;


  • Wed 22nd; Maynooth Harbour 6.30 pm > Donaghmore Cemetery

Email: Tel: 086 0222880

This event is not suitable for children under 12.

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The Royal Canal by Kayak

If you would like to explore the Royal Canals waterway you don’t need to own a barge or boat; It can be done in sections by Kayak; see Kayaking on the Royal

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Smart Canal; Royal Canal QR/NFC Tags

‘Information at you fingertips as you walk, cycle or boat.’ With our Royal Canal Smart-Tags now in place from  Binns Bridge through Ashtown, Castleknock,  Maynooth, Kilcock, Thomastown, Mullingar and Richmond harbour. Details about the canal, its history and local information can be accessed as you make your way along the ‘Royal.’

Provided you have a suitable smart-phone you can access a wealth of information along the canal from Dublin to Mullingar (and eventually to the Shannon when we complete our project later this year).

Information on how to access and use the system is available here

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Towpath Users.

We request all towpath users to please note the following

  1. Share the space; Consider other people and the local environment whenever you’re on the canal. Remember some people may move less predictably, for example young children or those with visual or mobility impairments.
  2. Drop your pace; Considerate sharing of the limited towpath space is the key. Jogging and cycling are welcome, but drop your pace in good time and let people know you are approaching by ringing a bell or politely calling out before waiting to pass slowly.
  3. Pedestrians have priority; Towpaths are shared routes where pedestrians have priority and vehicles, except bicycles and mobility aids, are excluded.
  4. Be courteous to others; A smile can go a long way. Abusive or threatening behaviour is not acceptable and should be reported to the Police.
  5. Follow signs and obey local by-laws; They are there for the safety of everyone. Cyclists should dismount where required and use common sense in busy or restricted areas, recognising that pedestrians have priority.
  6. Give way to oncoming people beneath bridges; Whether they are on foot or bike and be extra careful at bends and entrances where visibility is limited.
  7. When travelling in large groupsGive way to others, especially if you are running or cycling, use common sense.
  8. Try to avoid wearing headphones; Headphones makes you less aware of your surroundings, possible hazards and others sharing the same space.
  9. Keep dogs under control; Ideally use a short lead on busy towpaths and clean-up after them. Dog fouling is very unpleasant and is a health hazard.
  10. At all times, keep children close to you; Encourage them to learn and follow the rules for towpaths.

See the video below from the Canal & River Trust in the UK


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