In Kildare, the boater has the opportunity to cruise the wonderful wooded stretches of the eastern ends of the Grand and Royal Canals and the contrasting flat stretches along the bogs west towards the Shannon and south on parts of the Barrow Line.
Mooring up can be a couple of ropes around a tree, a stake in the ground along any of the open stretches, among the boating communities at Confey, Hazelhatch, Lowtown and Sallins or in the harbours at Edenderry, Kilcock, Monasterevin, Naas or Robertstown. In the evening, sit back and enjoy either the tranquillity of the water far from the crowd or the hospitality extended by those living on or near the water.
There is room for everyone on the canals whatever their interest. The boating ethos is to help everyone enjoy boating no matter what their experience. The IWAI code of conduct attempts to make people aware of some of the situations encountered but does not cover everything.
Kildare IWAI supports the work of the Charts Special Interest Group (CSIG). Part of the survey carried out will show the exact position of the various boating amenities located on the canals.
At the same time, Waterways Ireland are working on improvements to the canals, providing water, mooring jetties for boats and pump out facilities. New jetties at Sallins have been recently completed.
Once all of this work is complete, there will be new charts available showing exactly where the boater can find services. In the meantime, do check out the current Grand Canal and Royal Canal Guides for information or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.