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Take to the Boyne river canal for a paddling tour in handcrafted traditional Kerry Naomhog currachs that have starred in the hit TV show – Game of Thrones you’ll be guided through 5,000 years of the Boyne Valley – birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East. Young and old can paddle together and feel what it was like to travel on the sacred Boyne all those years ago. Hear about the battles that shaped Ireland and the magic that spawned legends. Connect, learn and treasure stories of Ireland’s oldest canal; Ireland’s largest battle and Europe’s largest collection of Neolithic Art and of course a tale or two from the set of the biggest TV show in the world!
Just 30mins from Dublin Airport and 1 hour 20 mins from Belfast
THIS TOUR IS INDEPENDENTLY OPERATED BY BOYNE BOATS.
IT IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED, OR AFFILIATED WITH HBO OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ‘GAME OF THRONES’.
We are based 500m downstream from the entrance gates to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor centre almost under the shadow of the Mary McAleese M1 motorway bridge, directly opposite the Lock Keepers house. Setting off from the sealock, we travel upstream and around Oldbridge house – The Battle of the Boyne visitor centre. The canal measures 1.6km long and 10m wide at its widest point and is safe for beginners and families young and old.
As a crew of eight, you will receive some simple paddling and safety instruction and off you go under the steerage of an experienced helm/guide. Paddle together as a team to build up momentum and really highlight what you and your currach are capable of.
Along the way, you will hear of the main protagonists during the Battle of the Boyne. King James II to the South and King William III to the North. The canal now bisects what would have been the main fording point for the battle as it was the shallowest area of the river for King William’s forces to cross. Travelling along the canal gives the visitor the unique perspective to imagine the battle and with our audio enhanced experience, you will feel like you are right in the middle of the action!
Our purpose built boat takes you on a journey of fact and fantasy. Learn about the history of the Battle of the Boyne as we bisect the battle site. Hear what it was like to be on the battlefield as it happened.
The paddling techniques you will learn are the very same used to train the Iron Islanders in Game of Thrones so you can imagine yourself heading off to Pike on a raid with Yara and Theon Greyjoy.
Your skipper is a marine professional of nearly 20 years experience who has worked as a traditional boat specialist training cast and crew on Game of Thrones, Wonderwoman, King Arthur and Byzantium.
This is very much a ‘dry’ water activity and no wetsuit is required to participate. However, as it is still a boat on the water we always expect the unexpected.
We conform with the Dept. of Marine Code of Practice for: The safe operation of Recreational Craft.
Lifejackets are provided for all participants: Solid foam for younger paddlers and automatically inflated lifejackets for those a little older in the flesh if not in the mind!
As this is Ireland, we strongly recommend you consult the weather forecast on the day. Otherwise, it is best to dress warm and comfortable for a little exercise and bring rain gear just in case. Comfortable walking shoes or boots are smiled upon; high heels are not friends of skin boats and frowned upon!