Barge Trips on Grand Canal

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Barge Trips on Grand Canal through Dublin and Kildare offer a real treat for families and groups with the opportunity to cruise along Ireland’s famous inland waterways.

Your skipper will give you unique insight into the life and history of the Grand Canal. Barge trips take place aboard an authentic restored canal barge – the MV Amo – with cruises available from March to October each year. The barge can take groups of up to 12 people and is fully licenced by the Department of Transport & Tourism. There are outdoor seats on the open decks at the bow and stern and it has a very comfortable interior with ample seating, toilet facilities, wood burning stove and a kitchen!

Barge Trips on Grand Canal

“From the start we had a brilliant time. The whole package is a wonderful experience, great service and friendly too. The scenery along the canal is outstanding and barging is the way to see it.” Sinead – Dublin

Barge trips are hugely popular as they allow tourists and visitors to travel at a relaxing pace and take in more of the beautiful surroundings found along the length of the Grand Canal. The canal is a haven for natural wildlife and the view from the barge gives a new and fresh perspective to places and locations that many of us pass thru on a daily basis.

The maximum number of passengers is 12 and splitting the cost among your group is a great way to enjoy a unique day out at minimal cost. Please contact to discuss your requirements.

You can choose to do either the Leinster Aqueduct or Digby Lock cruises, or extended barge trips for a half-day canal cruise.

Leinster Aqueduct Cruise

Enjoy the slow and easy pace of a Grand Canal Cruise and see one of the finest examples of eighteenth century canal engineering. The Leinster Aqueduct actually passes over the River Liffey and the title image of this page shows the type of scenery available.

Sallins to Leinster Aqueduct (return)

Duration: 1 hour

Departs: 1 pm and 2.15 pm (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Price: Adults: €12 – Children: €8 (Under 16 yrs).

Get the entire barge exclusive for your group for €120. Please contact us with your preferred date for exclusive private charter and mid-week availability.

Digby Lock Cruise

Wind your way through the County Kildare Countryside and experience the workings of a 222 year old canal lock.

Sallins to Digby Lock (return)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Departs: 10 am and 4 pm (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Price: Adults: €22 – Children: €15 (Under 16 yrs.)

Get the entire barge exclusive for your group for € 235. Please contact us with your preferred date for exclusive private charter and mid-week availability.

“Such a warm and cozy trip with the kids and with entertainment for the big boys… A working lock that they got to open and close! Big boys toys at their finest! Great day out!” Lauren Petrie

Charter the M.V. Amo exclusively for your group

You can hire the barge exclusively for your party any-day of the week. For special occasions, catering is available on-board or you can enjoy a meal in one of the waterfront restaurants in Sallins. This is a fantastic activity for birthday parties, family days out and corporate entertaining. There is no minimum number of passengers and the maximum is 12.

Leinster Aqueduct Cruise (1 hour): €120
Digby Lock Cruise: (2.5 hours): €235
Half Day Canal Cruise: €340

Contact to discuss your requirements.

Team Building with a difference!

Let your work team enjoy a day out with a difference by taking part in a unique team building experience. Under supervision each participant takes their turn at the tiller and pilots the barge. Participants are divided into Lock Teams for each lock encountered on the route. Using a diagram and basic written instructions, the Lock Teams have to figure out how to do it!


The entire crew gets involved as skippers, rope handlers and lock operators. It’s fun, enjoyable and combines a relaxing rural experience with real teamwork and activity.

There is an awards ceremony with boaty trinket prizes at the end of the activity in Lock 13 Gastro Pub where participants can enjoy a meal and a Craft Beer Tasting Session. Scores are allocated for individual and team performance and everyone gets a prize!

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Sallins, Co. Kildare.

Group size: 8 – 12
(Larger groups can be accommodated in morning and afternoon sessions or over several days.)

Price: €65 per person. (2 Course Meal and Craft Beer Tasting is an additional €25 per person. Other menu options available.)

Gift Vouchers

Give them a gift that can be enjoyed by the whole family with a Gift Voucher from only €40 for a group of 4!

Barge Trips on Grand Canal

Choose from either a 1 hour or 2.5 hour Grand Canal cruise In Co. Kildare. More info

Barge Trips on Grand Canal

A barge trip is a great day out for all ages. Advance booking is essential. Small children will be given a lifejacket on boarding and children must be supervised at all times by a parent/guardian.

Things To Bring

FLAT SHOES/ BOOTS – Waterproof and non-slip is best

CAMERA – Most importantly for capturing photos of your trip

RAIN JACKET – Just in Case!



Ger Loughlin

Tel: 087 6465465



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