River Barrow

Pure Adventure run Kayak, Canoe and Sand Up paddle Board trips and courses along the length of the Barrow. Primarily operating between Carlow Town and where the Barrow Meets the Suir at Cheekpoint Co, Waterford. Passing through The Picturesque villages of Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins.

Pure Adventures Main River Base in Graiguenamanagh is where we run our most popular White water & Scenic canoe and Kayak trips from Clashganny 3km Upriver of Graiguenamanagh or on the Stretch from Graiguenamanagh (Co Kilkenny) to St-Mullins (Co Carlow).

Pure Adenture offer trips and courses along all the stretches of the barrow and are happy to recommend a trip for you or your group which we feel will fulfil your requirements.

Towns & Villages Between Carlow and Waterford which we start from Include:

Carlow Town, Leighlinbridge, Bagnelestown, Goresbridge, Borris, Clashganny, Graiguenamanagh ,St Mullins, New Ross, Cheek Point, Dunmore East.

River Barrow: Brief History

River Runs from Slieve Bloom Mountains to the Celtic sea on the South East coastline.

Length of the Barrow: 192km Second Longest River in Ireland

The River Barrow was one of the original motorways in Ireland It offered the perfect assess needed from the south East of the country to bring goods up the country going into the midlands and then swinging left to head towards the Shannon Navigation system or go right via the Grand Canal towards Dublin.

The Navigation system on the Barrow was Opened over 220 years ago and still stands and works today, during the construction Weirs where Built on the River to keep the water depth for the Barges to travel and to funnel water into the Canal system.

While this altered the natural flow of the river it has also created a great resource for us as Kayakers & Canoeists as the river Barrow is one of the few rivers in the country that can be Kayaked and Canoed Easily 365 days a year even in extreme summer lows there is still great fun to be had on the White water sections or the Peaceful flat water sections.

The canal system also still stands and offers a great way for us to paddle back to our starting area, eliminating the need to do shuttles and allowing us to spend more time paddling on the river!

River Nore

The River Nore is a very natural river which Pure Aventure groups regularly will be seen Kayaking and Canoeing down. Paddling the river Nore from Kilkenny City to where it meets the river barrow just below Innisteioge.

Pure Adventure has 4 Main trips along this river which range from 2-3Hours to Multiday expeditions camping or staying in B&B’s along the way.

Our Evening Skills courses run by Irish Canoe Kayak also take part in Kilkenny City at Greens Bridge and Underneath the stunning Kilkenny castle.

Towns and villages which we operate from along the Nore Include:

Kilkenny, Bennetsbridge, Thomastown, Inisteoige.

River Nore: Brief History:

Length is 140km long It rises in The Devils Bit Mountain in Tipperary

In pre-Famine years, many water powered industries existed in the Nore valley, particularly in the ten mile (16 km) stretch between Kilkenny City and Thomastown; breweries, woolen mills, sawmills, marble works, distillaries and grain mills. Flax and linen were also produced just north of Kilkenny City.

River Nore Is Home To Kilkenny Castle which was Built in 1195.

River Suir

The river suir is a amazing tripping river with natural flows throughout, Pure Adventure Run Canoe and Kayak trips the whole way from Clonmel County Tipperary to Waterford city and then on to Waterford Estuary starts at Dunmore East.

On the Suir you really do Go with the Flow as you paddle along the shallow natural rapids and flows from Clonmell down to Carrick-on-suir where the river turns tidal from then it’s a case of going with the tides to make life easy as you Paddle through the open countryside

In Waterford city itself Pure Adventure run a number of trips in the day time and evening starting either in the city itself or just Above or Below it at granny or the Waterford castle from here we run with the tide taking in the sights and sound of the valley experiencing the stunning Waterford castle and Island or paddling under the new motorway suspension bridge. These routes around Waterford city really give you the feeling and experience that the Vikings would have felt as we follow the route they would have taken when entering the historical city.

Our Viking Trail Tour is a popular one in Waterford City!

River Suir: Brief History

River Length 185km

Rivers source at the Devils Bit Mountain, Co. Tipperary.

The river Suir Holds the record for a Salmon taken from Irish rivers since 1874 weighing in at 26kg

The river holds a famous history of Invasions being Launched on the city of Waterford from the water!

South East Coast & the Copper Coast

Pure Advenure offer Sea Kayaking experiences from Cheekpoint to Stradbally Co Waterford Kayaking along the Celtic sea and along the copper coast.

These rips are tailored to your group’s desires whether you want to cover as much distance as possible or just potter around the caves and arches which this great coastline has to offer, or a mix of the two taking in some distance whilst experiencing the coastline.

Along the coast we also offer kayak fishing trips where we paddle out just past where land fishermen can cast from the shore or to inaccessible places and we drop our lines then we simply paddle along and wait for the fish to bite. Once caught we can paddle around the coast, Clean out the fish and then you have the choice to take your Fish home or we can cook the fish right there and then on the Beach.

Fish cannot always be guaranteed however the experience will live with you for a life time.

About us:

Your Adventure starts here!

Pure Adventure is based in The Heart of the South East or Ireland with a base in Kilkenny and in Waterford. We pride ourselves on the service we provide with top of the range equipment, highly qualified Guides and stunning locations. Our activities are suitable for all ages and abilities.

  • Trips and Tours run daily.
  • Join us for a day you will never forget.
  • Pre-booking is essential.
  • All equipment supplied.

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