Cruising for just an hour or two on the Grand Canal, you’ll travel through 250 years of history, through locks, bridges and aqueduct, through tales of great engineers and merchants plying their trade. The landed gentry, poor folk escaping the Great Famine, heavy horses pulling their cargoes – all have left their legacies here.Beginning in Sallins, our skippered traditional canal bargetrips through beautiful Kildare countryside stir so many stories to life. While ducks and swans swim, and kingfishers and dragonflies dart, while you take the helm or relax with a drink, while you glide through time.Skipper Ger Loughlin points out landmarks to another side of the story, including Soldier’s Island and tales of rebels raiding barges during the 1798 disturbances. Hear too how poor folk escaping the Great Famine hitched a lift on top of cargoes, on their way west to emigrate to America.Over Leinster Aqueduct and onwards, you get to admire the workings of 222-year-old Digby Lock , learn of the hard lives of the navvies who built the canal, of the heavy horses that ruled the towpaths – and discover the Leonardo da Vinci connection!
Grand Canal Harbour, Sallins