Ireland’s Greenways link places of interest, recreation and leisure in areas with beautiful scenery of different types. The trails are built to be used exclusively by cyclists, pedestrians and other non motorised transport.

Old Rail Trail – Athlone to Mullingar

The ‘Old Rail Trail’ begins in the riverside town of Athlone and ends in the elegant old market town of Mullingar, County Westmeath. Between these two cultural hotspots, you will hear nothing but birdsong and the whirr of the spokes on your bike as you lose yourself along the spectacular 42km cycle path. The Old Rail Trail is a converted stretch of the Midlands Great Western Railway carved through rich fertile farmland, the Old Rail Trail Greenway leads visitors through the very heart of Ireland. The route traces the historic Midlands Great Western Railway track, past restored station houses and under pretty stone arched bridges. Linking the mighty River Shannon in Athlone with the Royal Canal in Mullingar, it passes through areas of unique biodiversity and heritage along the way.

Royal Canal Greenway – Cloondara (Tarmonbarry) to Dublin

The Royal Canal Greenway, at 130Km is the longest off-road Greenway in Ireland. The Greenway runs along the towpath of the Royal Canal which was constructed between Dublin and Longford at the turn of the 18th century to connect the River Liffey to the River Shannon. The Greenway passes through counties Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Longford.

The ‘Shannon Monastic greenway’ linking Shannonbridge to Athlone is under development.

Our Activities Guide


Get to explore all that the inland waterways has to offer by kayaking either on the River Shannon, along the Canals or one of the many beautiful lakes.

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Open water swimming has exploded in Ireland in recent years. It’s a great way to build fitness while adding a dash of adventure to the mix.

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Blueways are a network of multi-activity recreational trails, based on or alongside the inland waterways of Ireland.

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Cycle from your boat to the nearest shop or restaurant, mountain bike on forest tracks or experience idyllic sections of the Blueway & Greenway cycling routes; these all form part of the waterside biking experience.

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The walking routes around Ireland’s waterways are nothing short of spectacular. Taking you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscape.

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Ireland has so many fishing options for beginners to professionals and often described as an anglers dream.

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Golfing in Ireland has become a popular attraction to many visitors. There’s no better way to explore some of Ireland’s best golf courses than by taking a cruise on the River Shannon and spending quality time on the greens.

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Water Sports

The combination of physical activity and being in nature is recognized as providing a range of significant benefits. 

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Heritage & Culture

The River Shannon is the country’s supreme waterway, known and traveled for thousands of years linked to every stage of Ireland’s history and development.

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