Boyne
Blueway

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Usually 2 - 8 hours

Duration

Usually 2 - 8 hours

April - September

Availability

April - September

Age 7+

Suitability

Age 7+

MINI ADVENTURES FOR EASY-GOING EXPLORERS

 

YOU PICK YOUR TRIP – WE PICK YOU UP

 

With 8km of rarely seen landscape in Meath, the Boyne Blueway is the ideal river stretch to begin exploring the Irish outdoors. You can take easy trips that are plenty of craic. You can go on longer journeys deep into the idyllic countryside. Some of you like to paddle at your own pace. We have pick-up points along the way so you can check in with us and hop on a bus back.

Floating on the Boyne is a different style of traveling. The flow is gentle and the route is mellow. You can drift along or soak up the quiet. 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 ancient 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.

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Know Before
You Go

  • Do I need to know how to swim?

    Do I need to know how to swim?

    Ideally you should be comfortable in water. You will be wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) that 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. If going solo there has to be at least two people with you. If you get into any difficulties, just ring us.

  • How long does it take to paddle the Boyne Blueway?

    How long does it take to paddle the Boyne Blueway?

    A guided trip will take roughly 2.5 hours. If going solo, most people take their time and it can take 4 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 relax after your adventure. You can buy tea, coffee, ice-cream and snacks while you chill.

  • 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?

    Lightning is the only weather that effects the Boyne Blueway. 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. Trust us.

On
Arrival

  • What to wear

    What to wear

    If going on a kayak, bring shorts and t-shirt. Wetsuits are available if you need one. Have old trainers on your feet that you do not mind getting wet. Bring a towel for changing after. If going on a raft, we provide wellies to keep you dry.

  • What to do

    What to do

    Sign in at our office and then get kitted out for your activity.

  • What payment types are accepted on site?

    What payment types are accepted on site?

    We take both cash and contactless.

  • How do we return to base?

    How do we return to base?

    Return transport is included in your adventure. A waiting minibus will take you back to base from your pick up point.

Restrictions

  • Age

    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.

    All Under 18s must go on a guided trip with instructor.

    Kayak Rental – minimum number 3

  • Weight

    Weight

    Max 114kg.

  • Health

    Health

    A reasonable level of fitness is needed for the Boyne but you don’t have to have arms like an Olympian. The river does most of the work while you just need to paddle. Backrests are available on kayaks if you suffer from lower back pain and are planning the longer route down to Bective. Swallow your pride on this and request one, trust us.

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Why explore the Boyne Blueway with us?

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 We are <br> central

We are
central

Our riverside base is the easiest way to access 8km of pristine routes through a historical and beautiful landscape.

The Blueway <br> is our baby

The Blueway
is our baby

We learned to kayak on its gentle waters and it is ideal for first-timers.

We are <br> local

We are
local

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

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Riverside Relaxation

Chill out in our handcrafted wooden coffee shop after your adventure and watch the next lot heading downstream. Now with outdoor covered seating so once you are dry, you stay dry.

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