ENJOY LIVING LIFE AT THE WATERWAYS RHYTHM !!
Most Activities are Free and include simple, old fashioned pastimes;
Reading, Writing, Playing Cards and Board games, Talking and catching up with family and friends…Cooking together. ( BBQ supplied for outdoor cooking ) Photography, Playing music.( See YouTube video clip at the bottom of the page )
Watching Wildlife: Sitting at the bow there is nothing else to distract you other than the scenery, an attentive Heron disturbed from it’s fishing post, a nervous Kingfisher darting in-front of you or the sky illuminated by the setting sun. The Canals are stocked with coarse fish and the clarity of the water often allows you to see shoals of fish swim by.
Pubs: Visit Old world pubs where you can chat and enjoy a Guinness or two. Towns that have Brewing and Distilling at their heart are Monasterevin and Tullamore ( Whiskey ) Carlow ( Ale ) and Sample Craft Beers (carlowbrewing.com/ ). Irish whiskey tasting at the Fishertowns Inn ( the-fishermans.com ) Visit O’Brien’s Bar, Emily Square, in Athy and experience a working pub cum museum beside the River Barrow ( obriensbar.com ) Ireland’s longest running Traditional Music Session in Clancy’s Bar. ( clancysofathy.ie ) Hugh Lynch’s near the Canal in Tullamore is also a famous old world pub ( see irishwhiskeytrail.com )
Gyneology : Findmypast .ie Heritage : www.offalycoco.ie/artsandheritage ( Offaly heritage and Archaeological Society )
Golf: There are excellent golf courses in many towns that offer very reasonable green fees to visitors, including hire of golf-clubs.
Shopping: Stop at a Canal-side town to stock up on supplies. The Butcher shops are fascinating.
Excursions: Excursions to local antiquities or Heritage Museums, a medieval city;
Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre. Athyheritagecentre.ie Stradbally Heritage Town
Go further afield
Take a train or bus to a busy town for some contrast …Dublin or Kilkenny Medieval city.
You won’t be long wanting to return to the solitude of the canal and settling back into life at the waterways rhythm !