Royal Canal Way

  • Linear
  • Easy
  • 146.30km
  • 6 days
Follow the resplendent Royal Canal, end to end, on this spectacular six-day walking route that covers Dublin City and counties Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Longford.

The Royal Canal Way is a picturesque National Waymarked Trail that unfolds from the Dublin banks of the waterway and reaches all the way to County Longford.

A six day, 144km undertaking, this linear trail’s terrain consists of grassy towpath, gravel and tarmac. Between its Dublin and County Longford limits, the idyllic waterway stretches through counties Kildare, Meath and Westmeath too.

Flat underfoot, the Royal Canal Way is an easy, pleasant route that showcases the canal’s abundance of scenery and architectural heritage.

Watch out for captivating wildlife, exceptional examples of centuries-old engineering including stone bridges and canal locks and of course, the odd canal barge too.

There are plenty of welcoming towns along the route for you to stay overnight in or simply take a break in - depending on how much of the trail you take. There are also many public transport options, should you wish to easily return to your start point.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
First Lock Cloondara
Nearest town start:
Nearest town finish:
Start point:
First Lock
Finish point:
Yellow arrow on black background
Car parking
At Start - none
At End - on Street in Cloondara
Dogs allowed: