Paddling under 18th-century Killaloe Bridge and up the River Shannon, enjoy bay and headland vistas on this blueway trail suitable for guided beginners and independent intermediate paddlers. This 5km route also passes the ancient site of Brian Boru’s fort.

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Trailhead Location

Killaloe/Ballina

Trail

Killaloe to Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran)

Difficulty

Suitable for guided beginners and independent intermediate paddlers

Distance

5km one way

Duration

3 hours 40 minutes one way

Description

Enter the Killaloe Canal at the car park on the bridge, travel upstream (north), under the pedestrian and the road bridge and then portage around the small water barrier via the small slip, thereafter exit the canal onto the river. Continue along the left bank (west), pay attention to motor traffic at the entrance to the two nearby large marinas. The river then broadens out at the site of Brian Boru’s fort (2km). The bank is dotted by three small bays and a number of houses and small private piers. Pass around the narrow tree-lined headland, which has a number of pontoons along its edge, and then finish the trail at the grass or pier area.