The Roisin Dubh Houseboat was built in 1999 and was always used as a living space. It has spent most of its time moored in Sallins, County Kildare and was a family home for 15 years. In 2017, the Roisin Dubh Houseboat got a complete makeover and is available to anyone who wants the experience of staying on a houseboat on the calm waters of the historic Grand Canal.
The village of Sallins was once a busy trading harbour where barges first began carrying passengers and goods between Dublin and the small Kildare village in 1780. Today it is home to award-winning waterfront restaurants and bars, a large variety of boats, barges and houseboats, a brewery and a passenger barge offering canal cruises in the area.
Full of surprises, County Kildare, in Ireland's Ancient East, will give you many excuses to linger and stay. A warm welcome awaits tourists across the many memorable towns and villages. Unique heritage, stunning scenery, quality accommodation, spectacular cuisine and a world-class shopping experience are just some of the attractions that await tourists.
For a day trip or weekend away, enjoy the accessibility from all parts of Ireland. Discover the magic of the rich hinterland with museums and heritage centres, family fun centres, canal and forest walks. For those with a passion for sport there are racing establishments, racecourses, golf courses and sporting fields.
If arriving by train, it takes 25 minutes to get to Sallins from Dublin’s Heuston Station on the regular Arrow train service. The Roisin Dubh Houseboat is a five minute walk from the train station in Sallins. If travelling by car, Sallins is just off the N7 main Dublin to Limerick/Cork road. Take exit 9 off the N7. The Roisin Dubh Houseboat is located right in the centre of the village beside the canal bridge.