10 Years on the Water
March - September
GUIDE LED RIVER TRAIL
PADDLE WITH A GUIDE BESIDE YOU
The best days on the Boyne are when you go downstream with a local paddler. They know the easy routes, the sudden drops and the longer trails that take you deep into rarely seen Boyne countryside. All you’ll have to do is soak up the sights, enjoy the craic and forget about the 9 to 5. We run two trails on the Blueway – one easy route for families and one for more adventurous days out. No matter what trail you go on, your guides will get you back to base safely.
These Sit-on-Top Kayak trails are the perfect day out for pure beginners, families and wannabe explorers. Groups are put together according to whether you want leisurely drifts through nature or fun splashfests. Before you even set foot in water you’ll be taught the basics. Once on the Boyne, your guide will take you through your paces. This is the fun part. By the end of a guided trip, you’ll be paddling with confidence thanks to spending 2 hours with your group guide.
Over 12s only
12 - 18
1 x Adult and 1 x 7 - 11
Shorter Route for Families
12 - 18
1 x Adult and 1 x 7 - 11
Do I need to know how to swim?
Ideally you should be comfortable in 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?
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?
Playing in the outdoors does carry some risk. That is why all our guides are certified Canoeing Ireland instructors.
How long do activities last?
Guided Kayaking usually lasts 2 hours from start to return to base.
Are there changing rooms?
Yes, there are permanent changing rooms and toilets available at our riverside base.
Is there food available?
We have a fully covered outdoor coffee shop with benches overlooking Swifts Wave where you can chill. Tea, coffee, ice-cream and snacks are available.
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?
We recommend you do as places get snapped up very quickly
Will the weather affect the activities?
Lightning is the only weather that stops the guided kayaking trips. Rain will cool you down ; )
Can I bring my phone on the boat?
Not a good idea even if it is waterproof
What to wear
For this trail bring shorts and t-shirt to wear. Have old trainers on your feet that you do not mind getting wet. Bring a towel for changing.
What to do
Sign in at our office and meet your guide who will get you kitted out for the trail.
What trails are available?
There is a 4km trail which is nice and gentle. We send the family groups on this. There is also an 8km trail which involves more effort and is not suitable for under 12s. Both trails take 2 hours.
What payment types are accepted on site?
We take both cash and contactless.
All activities minimum age 7.
7 – 12 year olds must go in a double kayak with an adult.
13+ can go in single kayaks.
A reasonable level of fitness is needed for kayaking but you don’t have to be Superman as the current does a lot of the work. Backrests are available on kayaks if you suffer from lower back pain and are doing the 8km trail. Swallow your pride on this and request one, trust us.
Why Kayak with us?
from our centre
You rock up and we all float downriver before bussing you back to base.
Sit-on-top kayaks are super safe to use and easy to hop on and off.
Our guides will tailor the routes to suit your ability whether you are looking for thrills or a more leisurely spin.
Do you have a group?
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.
Different days out
You’ll never experience another tour like this. Float through history, archaeology and strange stories to discover why Trim has more Medieval buildings than any other town in Ireland.
€30 - €45pp
Race Kayak Training
Kayak technique and mileage sessions for adventure racers so you can blow your competitors out of the water and grab a new personal best on race day.
Our 2 x courses are aimed at complete beginners and Level 2 Certified paddlers who want more training, more time on the river and more craic at the weekends.
€180 - 250pp
Want to explore the river at your own pace without a guide? We can provide instruction, boats, routes and transport. You must be over 18 and have a minimum of two other people with you.
Grab one of our bows and come with us down by the riverside to let loose your inner hawkeye and shoot some arrows at our targets.
Hang out with us along our riverside obstacles and see if you can complete this exciting dry land course that is only six inches off the ground.
Choose from 3 x experiences - Kayaking, Archery and the Boyne Riverside Challenge Course. Or you can combine them to make an epic all-day away day.
Charity Raft Race
Enter as a 2 person or 4 person team and book your name in the legends of the Boyne
Raft Entry Fee
2 Person Raft
4 Person Raft