Barrow Way

Distance: 120km
Terrain: Grass Track/River Tow Path

Barrow  Way

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.


Cycling the Barrow  Way

The Barrow Way is combines the River Barrow and the Barrow Line. The Barrow Line is currently undergoing development works to cnvert the towpath into a cycleway called the Barrow Blueway.

The River  Barrow

The River Barrow rises in Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co. Laois. Overall the River Barrow is xxx km long from its source to where it joins the River Nore and River Suir before entering the sea in Co. Waterford. 

The river barrow passes through the following towns and villages. 


  • Portarlington,
  • Monasterevin,
  • Vicarstown
  • Athy,
  • Carlow/Graiguecullen,
  • Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown),
  • Goresbridge,
  • Graiguenamanagh
  • St. Mullins
  • New Ross.


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