A mostly flat, off-road route, it follows a former towpath for horse‐drawn barges and, in addition to the bridges and locks, features 17 harbours, four aqueducts and stunning Irish scenery.
Well-serviced by bike hire operators, accommodation providers and plenty of pretty, independent hostelries, there are also numerous cafés, bistros and coffee providers along the greenway’s length.
Luggage transport and other services are available to multi-day travellers choosing the full trip or selecting one or more of the 14 sections on the greenway.
Fast becoming a destination of choice for those looking for a sustainable, active holiday, the Royal Canal Greenway has something for everyone and is perfect for a car-free week-long escape or a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of life.
For a central base, the town of Mullingar in County Westmeath is a good choice. Located in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, and just 79km from Dublin, this busy market town boasts excellent facilities, award-winning hotels, guest houses and activities to suit every age.
However, it is possible to cycle between any of the main towns on the route, and as the greenway is accessible to the Irish rail network you can return by train to where you started.