Grand Canal Stroll Path

This route follows the towpath of the Grand Canal from Dublin to Shannon Harbour on the River Shannon. It follows the Grand Canal Way which is an offical waymarked cross country trail.The walk runs for 72 miles, travelling through a number of intriguing towns and towns with a variety of pretty locks and nice views of the surrounding countryside. It is normally finished in 5 days.The path begins near Adamstown on the Lucan Bridge about 16km outside Dublin city centre. You then head west through Ringsend, Ballsbridge, Ranelagh, Rathmines, Harolds Cross, Crumlin, Caragh, Prosperous and Robertstown, its highest point. Just outside Sallins, the canal passes over the River Liffey at the Leinster Aqueduct. The final section goes through Edenderry, Tullamore and Rahan prior to it reaches the Shannon at Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. At Robertstown, the canal converges with the Barrow Way, which follows the Barrow Line extension to the canal to Athy for part of its route
The canal runs parallel to the Royal Canal just to the north. You can pick up the a little longer Royal Canal Method at Newcomen Bridge in North Strand.To join with the path from the Grand Canal Dock in the city centre see the Dublin Canal Walk page. The walk starts from the dock and heads through Portobello, Dolphin’s Barn, Inchicore, Bluebell and Clondalkin before coming to Adamstown.