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Grand Canal Way
Lucan, Co. Dublin
Free to visit
Enjoy a pleasant 117km walk through counties Dublin, Kildare and Offaly on the leafy Grand Canal Way. Marvel at 18th and 19th century engineering surrounded by swathes of stunning scenery on this easy, linear trail.

Unfolding from Lucan, County Dublin, through rural County Kildare and finishing at Shannon Harbour, County Offaly, this flat trail takes five days to complete. Of course, with so many welcoming towns and villages along the way, walkers have their pick of access points should they wish to take on shorter sections.

Following grassy towpaths, gravel and sometimes tarmac canal-side roads, the trail starts at Lucan Bridge near Adamstown and stretches all the way to the village of Shannon Harbour – the very place that Ireland’s longest river and the Grand Canal meet.

Along the way you’ll spot heritage gems like centuries-old and still-functioning canal locks and carefully-restored lock-keepers cottages.

Much of the route’s landscape has been untouched by modern agriculture, making it a veritable natural oasis.

Take your pick of friendly towns and villages to either join the route from or to stop in for great dining or accommodation options.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Lucan Shannon Harbour
Dogs allowed:
    Time:5 days
    Nearest town start:Lucan
    Nearest town finish:Banagher
    Start point:Lucan Road Bridge
    Finish point:Shannon Harbour
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking
    At Start - limited space - do not to get locked in behind barrier at end of road beside Engineering firm
    At End - space at Griffith Bridge and also at 36th Lock
Why we like it
  • The route is peppered with pretty towns and villages whose very existence is owed to the innovation, trade and commerce the canal brought in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Contact details
12th Lock, Newcastle Rd, Ballymakaily, Lucan, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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