GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Grand Canal Walk

72 miles (116 km)

This route follows the towpath of the Grand Canal from Dublin to Shannon Harbour on the River Shannon. It follows the Grand Canal Way which is an offical waymarked long distance trail.
The walk runs for 72 miles, passing through a number of interesting towns and villages with a number of pretty locks and nice views of the surrounding countryside. It is usually completed in 5 days.
The route starts near Adamstownon the Lucan Bridge about 16km outside Dublin city centre. You then head west through Ardcliffe to Sallins, where the canal passes over the River Liffey at theLeinster Aqueduct.The final section runs through Edenderry,TullamoreandRahanbefore it reaches the Shannon atShannon HarbourinCounty Offaly. At Robertstown, the canal intersects with theBarrow Way, which follows the Barrow Line extension to the canal toAthyfor part of its route
The canal runs parallel to the Royal Canal just to the north. You can pick up the slightly longer Royal Canal Way at Newcomen Bridge in North Strand.
To join with the trail from the Grand Canal Dock in the city centre see the Dublin Canal Walk page. The walk starts from the dock and heads through Portobello, Dolphin's Barn, Inchicore, Bluebell and Clondalkin before coming to Adamstown.

Grand Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route links with the Barrow Way, a 100km walk following the River Barrow from Robertstown,County KildaretoSt Mullin's,County Carlow.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Patrick Kavanagh Statue - Grand Canal - Dublin

Patrick Kavanagh Statue, Dublin

Leinster Aqueduct

Leinster Aqueduct

Grand Canal at Vicarswtown, Ireland


Sunset In Grand Canal Dublin Ireland (66307731)

Sunset In Grand Canal Dublin Ireland

Grey Heron prowling the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin - panoramio

Grey Heron prowling the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin

View from Luas bridge

View from Luas bridge

Shannon Harbour - - 585671

Shannon Harbour

Shannon Harbour, Grand Canal basin - - 585666

Grand Canal basin

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