“The River Barrow was made navigable in the 18th century by the insertion of short sections fo canal along its course with a towpath constructed to allow horses pull barges and goods. A commercial waterway until the early 1960s, the towpath is now used purely for leisure purposes”. (South Carlow Adventure Trial)
The Barrow Way is 100 km long and it follows surviving towpaths and riverside roads from the canal hamlet of Lowtown in County Kildare to the beautiful monastic site and village of St Mullins in south County Carlow.
It is a peaceful route through a quiet sylvan landscape, with the constantly expanding river, growing more majestic every mile, for company. Terrain consists mainly of grassy towpaths, tracks and quiet roads.