From pictorial bays to a sprinkling of tiny islands and even a small hidden freshwater lake (Lough Alewnaghta), strong intermediate paddlers will love this blueway trail’s many charms. Winding from idyllic Williamstown Harbour to Illaunboe Quay, this 8.57km (one-way) route can be windy in places but is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Trailhead Location

Williamstown

Trail

Williamstown to Illaunboe Quay

Difficulty

Exposed to wind in places and close to the navigation channel, suitable for intermediate paddlers capable of self-rescue.

Provider

There is no provider available on this trail

Distance

8.75 km one way

Duration

3 hr one way

Description

Turning left (north) as you leave Williamstown Harbour, you pass private marinas and the public shore road (1km). There are a number of small bays to explore, look out for the two busts on the navigation markers near to the big island ‘Illaunmore’ (3km). There are a number of small islands and then you cross two and then a third small bay. This section has few areas to land on. After the farmland you enter another area of reeds, look carefully here for a narrow channel (7.3km), nearly a kilometre long which brings you to an interior small hidden lake, Lough Alewnaghta. Otherwise follow the bank north and you will see a short reed channel to a slipway and the car park at Illaunboe Quay (GPS: 52.992583, -8.354944).