Boating and canoe polo are popular activities on the waterway while many walkers follow the Royal Canal Way or explore the towns along the banks. Angling is another popular activity, with roach proving to be one of the most popular fish, along with pike, tench and bream. Canal bream rarely exceed 4lbs, but pike can offer a real challenge, weighing in at 20lbs, and anglers of all levels of experience will find excellent conditions along the Royal Canal.
As with all of Ireland's waterways the canal passes through some of Europe's most beautiful countryside and, whether you are on a boat, or simply on foot, you'll have ample opportunity to enjoy it all. The towpath that has been so lovingly cleared has now been designated The Royal Canal Way (a National Way Marked Way). It stretches the entire length of the Canal.
Length & Locks:
Main Line: 146km with 46 locks
Longford Branch: 8km with no locks
Opening Hours of Locks: Daylight Hours. All the locks on the Royal Canal are operated manually - the waterway controllers should be contacted at the telephone numbers below. Please ensure the safety of all your passengers when the boat is in the lock.
Locks 1 - 17 : Des Phillips - Phone +353 87 248 5754
Locks 17 - 38 : Liam Croash - Phone +353 87 618 2104
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