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Our weekend rowing trips offer you a three day getaway with the chance to go somewhere different with virtually no time off work. Or use it to enhance a longer non-rowing vacation. Whatever your motivation, these trips give you an intense dose of your favourite sport in a beautiful and easy to get to location. And of course we also offer our signature quality accommodation, food and other activities. Treat yourself, get away for a short break. What better place than Ireland?
Come by yourself and meet other rowers. Bring one of your rowing buddies to share the fun with. Or book a date to have a private trip with just your club members or your university alumni. Together we will row three different venues in eastern Ireland, beginning with Blessington Lake, then moving down to Rivers Barrow and Nore. Each has a distinctive character. Blessington, the location of many national regattas, is dramatically overlooked by the Wicklow Mountains. River Barrow is one of Waterways Ireland’s navigable rivers, and is a delightful twisting river touching the borders of three counties. The Nore is the little sister to the Barrow, an intimate rowing experience.
This is a rowing weekend, but also a chance to relax and enjoy the life and culture of a beautiful part of the world. The sunny south-east corner of Ireland is a lovely verdant land sheltering a rich history that began thousands of years ago. It is a land of legends and stories, written in every stone and shared in the music played in the pubs. Our base is Graiguenamanagh which showcases its own distinctive heritage from the 800 year old Duiske Abbey to the still thriving Cushendale Woollen Mills. And then there is Doyle’s. A pub and a hardware store all in one – why not?
|Daily Distances||Boats||Group Size|
|10-45 km per day||Touring coxed quads||Minimum is 10, maximum 15 guests|
Additional dates are available for a private or club booking – please contact us. Ireland is one of our most popular destinations, so we are pleased to offer two choices on the Emerald Isle. What about our Galway & Lough Corrib weekend instead?
3days/2nights with three days of rowing. Weather and tides may mean that the itinerary must be modified from what is indicated here. Safety is a priority.
Arrive by 13:00 to meet the group in Naas or Blessington, just south of Dublin (details on how to get there will be provided). We will get straight into the rowing. Blessington Lake is a reservoir created by the damming of the River Liffey. There are several arms, and we will choose our route and length of the row based on water conditions that day. We will then transport you and your luggage down to Graiguenamanagh. (Note that should wind limit our rowing on Blessington Lake, we will instead row a section of the Barrow that will not duplicate our other rows). Stretch your legs from the travel with a walk or cycle along the Barrow tow path. Settle into the Waterside Guesthouse, which will be our base for the next few days of adventure. Before dinner, stretch your legs with a walk along the Barrow tow path or have a predinner Guinness at one of the pubs in town. Recognized in the Michelin guide to Ireland, the restaurant will serve up a wonderful welcome dinner – good thing we started the trip with a row.
We leave Graiguenamanagh in the morning to begin rowing with the current. To St. Mullins, the winding river is lined with the tow path on one side. There are four locks to traverse – they are manual and our ground support will be working hard to open and close them. In between, we’ll get our rhythm as the river flows among low hills, reedy shores and oak forests. After a lovely picnic lunch, the nature of the river changes, as hills dip straight down into the water with no traces of towpath or humans – just wild woods. Eventually the water widens out, and we arrive in New Ross, leaving the shells at the local rowing club. New Ross is famous for the Dunbrody Famine Ship. A replica of the “coffin ships”, the Dunbrody animates the huge emigration to America and Canada during the famine years in the second half of the 1800’s. Transport back to Graiguenamanagh. This evening, if we are lucky, some traditional music might be waiting for us in the local pubs – one of which is in a hardware store.
We travel back to New Ross, from where we briefly row up the Barrow, before turning into the delightful River Nore. Our destination is charming Inistioge. The village is so picture perfect that it has been the scene for several movies. There is the option to walk over Brandon Hill and back to Graiguenamanagh (we suggest that you book to stay Sunday night in this case). Or get a ride back, have lunch and a shower and then be transported up to Kilkenny to catch a train or bus up to Dublin and then fly home that night.