Barrow Blueway

Distance: 46km
Currently Under Construction

Barrow  Blueway

The Barrow Way is a towpath along the River Barrow. It is a popular walking route and is also used bt cyclists. 

The route is 120Km long. It starts in Robertstown, Co. Kildare following the Barrow Line to Athy where it joins the River Barrow tow path and goes all the way to St. Mullins in south Carlow. The Barrow Way passes through  the towns of Rathangan, Monasterevin, Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Muine Bheag, Goresbridge, Borris and Graiguenamanagh.


Is the Barrow Blueway Open?

The Barrow Blueway is currently under construction. Many parts of the trail are open to the public but works are currently active on different parts of the trail. Parts of the trail may be closed as the surface is upgraded, curbs are laid and upgrades are to to fencing, especially along the crossing points. 

Where can I park?

Parking is available in Athy, Vicarstown, Monasterevin, Rathangan and Lowtown. 

Is the Barrow Blueway safe for Kids?

Please remember parts of the trail are an active construction site.

Once complete the Barrow Blueway will be safe for kids. Remember though, the trail does travel next to the canal. The trail is very flat and the water is not fast flowing. 

Where can I hire a bike?

Bike hire is available in Vicarstown. Please check with local providers on opening times. 

Where can I get refreshments along the way?

Refreshments can be got along the way in Athy, Vicarstown, Monasterevin, Rathangan and Lowtown.

Does the Barrow Blueway connect to other Greenways and Blueways?

The Barrow Blueway connects to the Grand Canal Greenway at Lowtown and it also connects to the popular Barrow Way in Athy. The Barrow way is primarily a walking route along the old townpath. It can be cycled but the terrain is difficult and a bike with thick tires would be recommended. 


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