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There is nothing like a great day out with Athy Boat Tours

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  •   We had a great time. The three guides were so pleasant. They had huge knowledge of the waterways, birds, butterflies,fish etc. We heard about the history of the local area.... read more

    kathy o
    9/17/2019

      Did this tour with family and young kids and was really impressed. The crew were very welcoming and knowledgeable. The views are gorgeous along the way and it’s really relaxing.... read more

    beavis7777
    8/02/2019

      This is a wonderful opportunity to see the area from a whole different point of view! It was just relaxing and the crew was absolutely delightful! Don't think about... read more

    Lien0812
    7/27/2019
  •   A wonderful trip on the grand canal and river Barrow. 3 hours of gentle motion and wonderful peace along with great scenery, locks, and a bit of history thrown in.... read more

    Xcelcath
    6/29/2019

      Our group of 6 were delighted to find a 3 hour barge trip with Athy Boat Tours. Our crew were very helpful and friendly. Our day weather wise was magnificent... read more

    Jane M
    6/22/2019

      A fantastic introduction to the River Barrow, it's natural history and the social history of the area around Athy. Skipper Cliff and his crew were hugely knowledgeable and very entertaining.... read more

    richardhs2016
    6/07/2019
  •   We boarded the super cute Freedom on the Water this weekend in Athy. We were warmly welcomed onto the vessel by the extremely informative and friendly Chris and Ciaran. Lifejackets... read more

    christinamullan
    3/04/2019

      We boarded the super cute Freedom on the Water this weekend in Athy. We were warmly welcomed onto the vessel by the extremely informative and friendly Chris and Ciaran. Lifejackets... read more

    christinamullan
    3/04/2019

      Very friendly, knowledgeable staff, lovely scenic tour and good value for money with free tea/coffee (and chocolate biscuits!). We saw various birds including kingfishers.Fascinating watching the crew work the locks... read more

    chris s
    2/24/2019
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Vincent O Connor
Vincent O Connor
2019-08-25T20:50:52+0000
Great day out, great staff and good company, what more could you ask for ¡
Mary Maher
Mary Maher
2019-08-21T20:49:26+0000
absolutely lovely day spent with my cousin. so calming. sailing for 3 hours last saturday.
Kristina Friary
Kristina Friary
2019-08-20T18:55:16+0000
What a fab day out with Chris and Pat they couldn't do enough to make us feel so welcome. Myself and my family enjoyed... it thoroughly from the scenery to the calmness of the lake it was magical. Beauty on our doorstep whatever you do take full advantage of a boat trip with these guys you won't regret it. Thanks a million ⛴️read more
Mairead Clooney
Mairead Clooney
2019-08-17T19:05:18+0000
We went on the three hour tour, had walked the bank of the Barrow many times so was lovely to see it from the different... angle. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Highly recommendedread more
Linda Whelan Foley
Linda Whelan Foley
2019-08-16T22:10:28+0000
An absolutely brilliant experience, very friendly crew with great knowledge of the local area and waterways. Very child... friendly. Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of taking a trip.read more
Samantha Kenny
Samantha Kenny
2019-08-14T21:50:13+0000
Did their 1 hour lock experience and it was just wonderful. would most definitely try one of their longer experiences,... a really friendly crew, full of local information and history. couldn't ask for a better way to spend a few hours, even the Irish weather doesn't impact the day with both indoor and outdoor viewing areas. Also being wheelchair accessible is an lovely bonus in this day and ageread more
Jacqueline Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy
2019-07-29T07:56:54+0000
Highly recommend what a great day
Sean P O Mathuna
Sean P O Mathuna
2019-07-28T10:51:58+0000
great way to spend a few hours
Barbara Kelly
Barbara Kelly
2019-07-25T18:04:59+0000
myself and family took the three hour trip today. so relaxing and really enjoyed it.
Yvonne Blanchfield
Yvonne Blanchfield
2019-07-21T15:27:20+0000
The crew are very friendly and informative also they are very good with children which is important. Our family went... on a 3 hour tour yesterday, the weather was lovely, naturally enough firstly when on the boat , our life jackets were put on us and the rules explained. Although there are tea, coffee facilities, an oven for heating up nibbles,'soft drinks and plates of biscuits provided we had brought some of our own but we used the kettle a lot and soft drinks. Well done and thankyou to you allxxx the scenery was beautiful as we went along and soft music also and the crew explained about the swans and their young. On our way home if you wanted a family photo taken they were very willing to oblige. we all ( the family) enjoyed the trip so much we definitely shall be touring again soon. Thankyou allxxxread more
Mary Orford
Mary Orford
2019-07-20T21:12:18+0000
Thoroughly enjoyable trip! The crew looked after us so well. We loved our cruise on the Barrow. Well done!
Aisling O'Flynn
Aisling O'Flynn
2019-07-17T07:28:39+0000
Good value for money. Fully wheelchair accessible barge, lovely helpful informative staff, beautiful scenery, Would... highly recommendread more
Linda DiGianno Daley
Linda DiGianno Daley
2019-05-29T11:23:46+0000
Friendly staff, scenic route
Tina Mullan
Tina Mullan
2019-03-04T15:53:34+0000
We boarded the super cute Freedom on the Water this weekend in Athy. We were warmly welcomed onto the vessel by the... extremely informative and friendly Chris and Ciaran. Lifejackets are provided but the trip itself along the serene River Barrow is extremely safe and calm. We were treated to tea, coffee and biscuits to warm our cold hands as we departed for our river cruise. The scenery along this stretch of the Barrow is absolutely beautiful. The boat is very well maintained with bathroom facilities and options to byob for longer tours or celebrations. It hosts up to 12 passengers very comfortably and you'll be thoroughly entertained by Chris' knowledge of the locality. If you are into your wildlife there is plenty of bird and river life to spot along the way as well seeing how the ancient lock systems work along this unique stretch of river and canal. My only regret is that we didn't book the 3 hour tour - a fantastic day out! What is even more impressive is that this service is run voluntarily by those in the community - at only a tenner a head and with hot drinks provided it is great value for money and you're supporting a wonderful local resource! We'll definitely be back for the longer trip and who knows - we might see some of the famous kingfishers on the beautiful Barrow!read more
Darren Doyle
Darren Doyle
2019-02-24T15:57:07+0000
This morning I did the boat trip with my two little girls for the first time & it truly was Amazing Adventure . Looking... forward to the 3 hours trip next time with my 2 little sailors you can’t wait to tell their friends in school on Monday. We like to thank the captain & his deckhand for making our first trip very memorable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read more
Claire Chanders
Claire Chanders
2018-11-01T10:37:10+0000
Was on the boat for Halloween yesterday and can I just say an amazing experience both kids and adults had a ball from... start to finish. Shout out to the pumpkin for all the treats and games for the children take a bow. The adults already planning there next trip aboard 🎉👻😈😸👽read more
Noelle Kelly
Noelle Kelly
2018-10-13T16:31:11+0000
had a fabulous time on our mini hen today...great crew and fabulous trip X X
Robert Jansen
Robert Jansen
2018-09-15T13:48:47+0000
We absolutely loved our 1 hour tour! Very relaxed way to spend an hour. The history of the waterway is fascinating and... the staff were very accommodating! Highly recommend this tourread more
Helen Kelly
Helen Kelly
2018-08-20T15:46:17+0000
Great trip on sunday would highly recommend it
Shan Fitz
Shan Fitz
2018-07-01T20:16:43+0000
So much fun
Jennifer O'Keeffe
Jennifer O'Keeffe
2018-06-23T05:25:47+0000
We had a lovely trip with Athy Boat Tours lovely staff very relaxed and enjoyable time for all.
Colette Marsh
Colette Marsh
2018-05-06T18:41:56+0000
Great experience lovely trip lovely staff would deffinitly recommend this .
Alastair Davis
Alastair Davis
2017-11-05T00:36:15+0000
Deirdre Davis
Deirdre Davis
2017-11-04T15:23:40+0000
Sharon McCracken
Sharon McCracken
2017-11-04T11:44:36+0000
Fantastic tour this morning, excellent for all the family. Can't wait to go again next time we are in Athy!
Louise Hennessy
Louise Hennessy
2017-11-01T15:00:34+0000
Nancy Murray
Nancy Murray
2017-08-28T17:33:01+0000
Best sunday in years loved it could not recommend it enough defo going again thanks everyone
Johann Callaghan
Johann Callaghan
2017-08-27T14:13:06+0000
Amazing time with Athy Boat Tours today. The staff on board looked after us very well. They were extremely hospitable... and it was very relaxing, just what a busy mum needs!read more
Liam Kenny
Liam Kenny
2017-07-30T20:28:37+0000
Had a lovely relaxing afternoon with the crew on Athy boat tours. Refreshments were lovely and staff were very... friendly. Would highly recommend it for families. It's nice learning activity for kids to see how the locks work and how goods were transported years ago. Thumbs up to all the staff and best of luck for future years with the business.read more
Deirdre Moran Archbold
Deirdre Moran Archbold
2017-07-29T16:17:20+0000
2nd trip last night. Highly recommended. Great time.
Geraldine Murphy
Geraldine Murphy
2017-07-29T15:45:57+0000
great night thanks to all of you and we will have to do it again girls
Tara Pedreschi
Tara Pedreschi
2017-06-26T20:32:05+0000
Thanks so much for our amazing trip yesterday. We all had a fantastic day. Kids were thrilled looking out at the... wildlife and adults thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing experience. We will definitely book again soon �read more
Jennifer Daly
Jennifer Daly
2017-06-18T13:30:08+0000
Thank you on behalf of my father and patner and my son from what I was told a excellent experience for father's day... they truly enjoyed it thank youread more
Karolina O Toole
Karolina O Toole
2017-05-14T12:09:54+0000
Had a fantastic 1 hour trip yesterday with my son and his friend cillian an cillians mam sinead would highly recommend... it lovely fun relaxing tripread more
Fiona O'Loughlin
Fiona O'Loughlin
2017-05-13T17:22:03+0000
Wonderful experience.Warm, friendly and informative creweho take huge pride in what they do. Great asset to Athy.... Looking forward to my next trip already.read more
Shane Moore
Shane Moore
2017-04-24T13:49:02+0000
Aiden Mchugh
Aiden Mchugh
2017-04-24T13:43:09+0000
There's something about the water and inner peace. Hand yourself over to the pace of the trip, imagine back when the... waterways were the highways of of the world and one good horse moving easily with 60 ton. The engineering of lock gates, the power of the water.The music of the water going over the wiers and Mr Heron sitting there waiting for the next meal. I love it, I've had several trips and looking forward to a few more.read more
Jo Coyle
Jo Coyle
2017-04-24T09:22:23+0000
Maggie Owens
Maggie Owens
2017-04-17T15:43:26+0000
We absolutely loved the trip on Athy Boat Tours. The crew were fantastic!! Chris was great with the kids and he was a... brilliant guide giving information on the history of the town, on nature, insects and the birds. The cup of tea and biccie went down a treat as well. Thanks Athy Boat Tours!! If you are visiting Athy or live in Athy and looking for something to do in the afternoon I highly recommend the Boat trip. ������ six stars!!!read more
T Ní Dhuinn
T Ní Dhuinn
2017-04-09T20:09:15+0000
Lovely afternoon out with the friendliest crew around 🛳��
Susan Alsybury
Susan Alsybury
2017-04-02T14:33:05+0000
Went on the hour tour on a beautiful Sunday lunchtime, I couldn't recommend it highly enough. The staff are engaging... and very knowledgeable about the area and it's great value for money �����read more
Ann George
Ann George
2017-03-17T22:34:36+0000
Thanks to all the crew to day for giving us a great st paddys day on your boat tour .the kuds realy and truley had a... ball .tks again .read more
Sabrina Phelan
Sabrina Phelan
2016-12-28T21:50:50+0000
Milly O Keeffe
Milly O Keeffe
2016-12-24T08:36:58+0000
Thanks for a great day yesterday loved every minute of it
Elaine Collins Mcguirk
Elaine Collins Mcguirk
2016-12-03T17:19:03+0000
Had a great time today on the boat trip with santa and the elves, our little girl loved it. Thanks to all !!
Lyndsey Kelly
Lyndsey Kelly
2016-11-17T22:27:41+0000
Fab day on the boat. Lads were great. Excellent idea for party or just to chill&take in all the gorgeous Athy... surroundings. Loved it from start to finish. Well done to all. Brilliant trip. Well worth a visit. Xx 🖒�read more
Niamh Boyce
Niamh Boyce
2016-10-31T17:26:41+0000
Niamh Odonnell
Niamh Odonnell
2016-10-30T12:46:28+0000
Aoife Brennan
Aoife Brennan
2016-10-25T19:27:44+0000
I can't recommend this enough. Five of us went for something different to do and it was a lovely day. We were greeted... with biscuits and grapes and were made feel really welcome. The lads are really laid back and interesting and told us all about the history of the waterways and the different areas we passed. They have a fantastic knowledge of the wildlife and we saw buzzards and kingfishers!!The boat itself is so relaxing, we had tea and sandwiches and a few beers so were well happy!! We did the 5 hour journey which was perfect and seemed to fly by. Def something I would do again. Very relaxing and interestingread more
Yvonne Lynch
Yvonne Lynch
2016-10-02T21:31:13+0000
Amazing afternoon on the boat. The guys were brilliant and made the trip so interesting with local facts and some... wildlife spotting. Highly recommended for any age. Brilliant�read more
Maree Redmond
Maree Redmond
2016-09-19T15:15:42+0000
Oh my god 5 hours of heaven. Was the finale of Betty s trip from Holland. Was a.blast and the crew were the business.... Brilliant and thanks to Oonsgh for sorting it for us. Well done to you all and thanks so much.read more
Sheila Leahy
Sheila Leahy
2016-09-18T19:33:05+0000
We took a one hour trip for my grandaughters 9th Birthday she loved it and so did the 13 year old. The crew were just... amazing couldn't do enough for us. Will be back soon.read more
Thomas Ennis
Thomas Ennis
2016-09-07T17:43:00+0000
Really enjoyable boat tour today. A big thank you to the wonderful staff who made it special. We will be back.
Brian Cormican
Brian Cormican
2016-09-01T17:31:11+0000
Fantastic boat tour today with Athy Boat Tours, extremely relaxing and tranquil, well looked after by the guys on board... and would fully recommend it.read more
Theresa Langton
Theresa Langton
2016-08-28T20:37:03+0000
Brill day , highly recommend this trip . We had our friends hen party and the lads looked after us so well they were... brill and joined in the the Craic , we laughed all day they are a great bunch , such a fab trip and only on our door step .:) 🙂 well be back 🙂read more
Dorothy Gilda Swift
Dorothy Gilda Swift
2016-08-26T20:49:59+0000
We had a family outing - 12 of us, including two little boys aged three and one and a half. We took the one hour tour... as thought the Three hour one may be too long for the boys. It was a fantastic trip and the three men on board made us feel very comfortable. They served us with tea/coffee, biscuits and sweets, much to the delight of the children. We all wore life jackets which was a great idea. The men were great with the children and explained everything about 'the lock' to us. All in all it was a great experience and a memorable one. Thank you!read more
Tina Hegan
Tina Hegan
2016-08-21T13:02:28+0000
A really superb experience and totally enjoyable canal trip. We would highly recommend this. This community... initiative run by volunteers is commendable. Thanks again.read more
Tracey Maher
Tracey Maher
2016-08-12T18:11:10+0000
1 hour tour is perfect entertainment for kids! We loved seeing the Lough in action, great fun!
Netta Thomas Sheridan
Netta Thomas Sheridan
2016-08-12T17:13:53+0000
another fab day on the Freedom of the water. i would recommend the cruise to everyone, so relaxing and the crew is... lovely and helpful. will be doing it again soon.read more
Jen Dalton
Jen Dalton
2016-08-07T20:29:18+0000
Had a great day out on Freedom of the Water with my family today! We took the one hour tour but will definitely be... returning to take a longer tour very soon. A most enjoyable journey learning things that I never learned about my town before from Marc "the Yank", looking forward to bringing some food and beverages for the three hour tour, the idea of bringing our own grub is brilliant!read more
Dolores Curtis
Dolores Curtis
2016-08-07T16:55:55+0000
What a great afternoon on board for Conor's birthday ... would highly recommend it ... congrats to all involved xx
Clifford Reid
Clifford Reid
2016-08-07T13:14:55+0000
Michael Rainsford
Michael Rainsford
2016-08-01T21:33:12+0000
great day, absolutely fantastic asset for the town and everyone should support it! no better way to spend the... afternoon! brilliant crew, great time for all the kids questions and nothing was any trouble! the boat is smooth and roomy and comfortable! can't recommend highly enough!read more
Laura Rainsford
Laura Rainsford
2016-08-01T21:20:46+0000
We had a brilliant day today on-board, despite the rain. Would recommend it everyone, young and old! Can't wait to go... again. Crew were great. Full of local information and great at making the tea too The kids had a ball and are all asking to go again. Will be booking another trip very soon. Massive thank you to all in Athy boat toursread more
Catherine Dowling
Catherine Dowling
2016-08-01T10:41:42+0000
Its a great way to spend an afternoon. I had a wonderful experience recently. Can't recommend enough.
Maeve Malone
Maeve Malone
2016-07-30T14:35:03+0000
My sister and I have just been on the Athy boat tour and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was relaxing while mooring... over the river barrow you certainly appreciate her in a different light. The staff make you feel at complete ease while your on the boat and I can strongly recommend this trip to anyone. Its a tremendous facility for Athy.read more
Tarynn Harcourt
Tarynn Harcourt
2016-07-21T07:20:51+0000
What a wonderful time we had on board. The crew were welcoming, funny, knowledgeable about the area, very easy going.... We would definitely recommend the trip to anyone. We'll be back ourselves as soon as possible. Much thanks to Chris, André, and Mick(boy wonder)read more
Flo O Connor
Flo O Connor
2016-07-15T21:39:17+0000
Kieron Murphy
Kieron Murphy
2016-07-12T17:09:52+0000
I didnt actually go on this tour BUT spoke with a couple of members of the crew as we prepared to set off on a canoe... tour of the Barrow .They were extremely pleasant and helpful and volunteered advice without having to be asked. Obviously have a great knowledge of the river and canal. i didnt get their names but really lovely guys, As i say, I didnt go on the Tour but the crew were really nice so Im sure they wll make it a very pleasant experience -Thanks for the help guys.read more
Catherine Holligan
Catherine Holligan
2016-07-11T12:59:31+0000
I would highly recommend doing this trip. We did the 3 hour trip and it was very enjoyable. A different way to see the... local area, gorgeous views along the trip. The crew were so helpful and friendly.read more
Christine Orme Bingham
Christine Orme Bingham
2016-07-03T17:45:54+0000
An amazing fabulous afternoon spent on board this boat with my good friends. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Go... along check it out. You will love it. I will definitely be back. Amazing value. Thank you to all the crew who were very knowledgeable about the area. And good fun.read more
Dermot Keatley
Dermot Keatley
2016-07-01T13:13:51+0000
Brendan Keogh
Brendan Keogh
2016-06-30T18:02:09+0000
Excellent experience, professional and friendly crew and a beautiful clean vessel makes anytime spent on board a... pleasure. Athy Boat Tours is simply a must do.read more
Deirdre Walsh
Deirdre Walsh
2016-06-30T17:20:24+0000
Where do I begin? We had an amazing trip this morning The crew on board were very friendly, very hospitable and had a... wealth of local knowledge to share with us! A beautiful way to see the town of Athy. Thanks to all involvedread more
Mag Quinn
Mag Quinn
2016-06-17T22:16:03+0000
Aurora House Bnb
Aurora House Bnb
2016-06-14T21:17:02+0000
Philip Manley
Philip Manley
2016-06-03T14:37:23+0000
William Webb
William Webb
2016-06-03T07:51:25+0000
athy is very fortunate to have such wonderfull natural amenitys in our town such as the canal and barrow i feel that... they are completely under utalised the tow requires URGENT major INVESTMENT in the design of riverbank amenities ie landscaping,walkways,jetties,benches, fishing stations, and public toilets, all of which would attract visitors to our town, I would like to congratulate ATHY BOAT TOURS on having the courage and initative to set up their buisness and ide like to wish them every success and prosperity in the future ATHY needs more people like you.....read more
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Kathy Oakes
Kathy Oakes
15:10 16 Sep 19
Fantastic trip. Afternoon tea was huge. The three guides were so helpfull and entertaining. They had so much knowledge... about the waterways, birds, butterflies, fish and local history. Could recommended it for all age groups. Will do the trip again.read more
Mairead Heffernan
Mairead Heffernan
06:18 27 Jul 19
A group of us 5 ladies did the afternoon tea 3hr boat trip yesterday and I would highly recommend it! We had a... beautiful day food was really good a mixture of lovely sandwiches hot food tea/coffee and really nice homemade cakes for dessert! For €32 each really good value for money! Staff were very attentive and informative! Look forward to Eoin it again sometime in the future!read more
Clifford Hutchinson
Clifford Hutchinson
07:53 01 Nov 18
Most' enjoyable and informative day on the river with a friend staff.I would recommend it to all ages.
Godfrey Jeremiah
Godfrey Jeremiah
14:41 28 Oct 18
Nothing much to see...just a time out
Paye Rebate
Paye Rebate
10:47 26 Aug 18
Amazing Family fun Wow what an amazing experience. I saw the tours were operating in Carlow and offered my family a... different Sunday than the usual cinema. We had so much fun and the Kids initially afraid of the water had a great time. The skipper Clifford knew everything about the history and nature attached to the river. Health and safety was paramount on the trip and Cliffs instructions to putting on a life jacket was akin to our last plane journey. I recommend anyone to try this great fun and 5 stars....great value alsoread more
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