Water Activities

On the Boyne

Usually 2 hours


Usually 2 hours

March - September


March - September

Age 7+


Age 7+


Know Before
You Go

  • Do I need to know how to swim?

    Do I need to know how to swim?

    You don’t need to know how to swim. If you are going on the water you will be wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) which will keep you afloat if you fall in. The Boyne is waist-high in most places so you can just stand up when you go in.

  • Do I need to know how to kayak?

    Do I need to know how to kayak?

    Our sit-on-top kayaks are designed for beginners so you don’t need to have kayaked before. We will run through the basics with you before you get on the water.

  • Is it safe?

    Is it safe?

    Playing in the outdoors does carry some risk. That is why all our guides are certified Canoeing Ireland instructors.

  • How long do activities last?

    How long do activities last?

    All activities last from 1.5 hour to 3 hours. Guided Kayaking lasts 2 hours.

  • Are there changing rooms?

    Are there changing rooms?

    Yes, there are permanent changing rooms and toilets available at our riverside base.

  • Is there food available?

    Is there food available?

    We have a fully covered outdoor coffee shop with benches overlooking Swifts Wave where you can watch the activities. You can buy tea, coffee, ice-cream and snacks while you relax.

  • Is there parking?

    Is there parking?

    We have limited parking but there is a large paid (€2 cash only) car park across the road from us.

  • Do I need to pre-book?

    Do I need to pre-book?

    We recommend you do as places get snapped up very quickly

  • Will the weather affect the activities?

    Will the weather affect the activities?

    All land activities can be moved inside if needed. Only lightning will stop the water activities. Rain will cool you down ; )

  • Can I bring my phone on the boat?

    Can I bring my phone on the boat?

    Not a good idea even if it is waterproof



  • Age


    All activities minimum age 7.  

    7 – 12 year olds must go in a double kayak with an adult. 

    13+ can go in single kayaks.

  • Weight


    Max 114kg

  • Health


    A reasonable level of fitness is needed for outdoor activities but you don’t have to be Brian O’ Driscoll. Back rests are available on kayaks if you suffer from lower back pain. Swallow your pride on this and request one, trust us.






With 12km of river for you to explore, the Boyne is a perfect day out. You can take easy trips that are plenty of craic. You can go on longer journeys deep into idyllic countryside. Some of you like to go solo. We have pick-up points along the way so you can paddle at your own pace.

Being on the Boyne is a different way of traveling. Stop and soak up the sights. Or drift along. The stresses of modern life tend to disappear here. There are ancient ruins and castles around each bend. In fact, there are so many that we need giant inflatable rafts to carry our historical tour groups.


The Boyne might be old but she is always gentle. It is one of the safest rivers we know. If you are a newbie dipping your toes into your first water adventure, you’ll be grand. A river like ours is a great spot for training. If you want to try sit-in-kayaking, our expert instructors will get you comfortable in a few days. If adventure racing is your thing, we will show you how to destroy your opponents on the flat water.


Why come on the water with us?

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We are <br> central

We are

Our riverside base is the easiest way to access 12km of pristine routes through a historical and beautiful landscape.

We love <br> the Boyne

We love
the Boyne

Its gentle flowing waters were where we first learned to kayak and it is ideal for first-timers.

We are <br> local

We are

We want to stay low impact and look after our river without damaging the rest of the creatures that live here.

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Boyneista Coffee Shop

Chill out in our handcrafted wooden coffee shop on the banks of the Boyne and watch the boats fly over the waves. Now with outdoor covered seating so you can watch the world float by.