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 Paddle the Route Travelled by Stone Age Farmers with a Legendary Boat Builder

Boyne River | Adventure | Nature | Mythology | Battle of the Boyne | Artisan Food | Game of Thrones


According to ancient legend, the Boyne River was created by the Celtic queen and goddess Boann who symbolises water, fertility, and inspiration. The legend gives an insight into the serene beauty of this ancient river that has lured visitors ever since Stone Age farmers settled in the Boyne Valley. More than 6,000 years ago, these farmers created the burial tombs of Brú Na Bóinne along the Boyne River bend.


Through Boyne Boats, the mythology of the past brings us to the mythology of the present because Ross Kenny (founder of Boyne Boats) is a well-known boat builder who featured in and supplied the boats for the hugely successful Game of Thrones series. In fact, his skilfully hand-crafted, traditional Irish currachs from Game of Thrones are used by Ross in the Boyne Boats experience too.


Following the exact route taken by Ireland’s Stone Age ancestors, embrace your Boyne Boat adventure in the company of Ross who is a legend in his own right as a boat-builder and storyteller who knows every inch of the Boyne River way. Begin at the entrance of Oldbridge House where the mighty Battle of the Boyne changed Ireland’s fate more than 300 years ago. Connected to the sounds and beauty of nature, learn how to paddle your own currach along a 3-kilometre route as Ross shares insights into the people, nature, stories, and history that are part of this magical place. Highlights include:


  • Ross Kenny | boat-builder | storyteller | who knows every inch of the Boyne River way.
  • The Boats | hand-crafted | traditional Irish currachs | a skill handed down over generations.
  • Boyne River | serene beauty | vast biodiversity | connecting the past with the present.
  • Great Outdoors | complete connection with nature | retracing routes of Stone Age ancestors.
  • Boyne Valley Food | Local artisan food producers picnic box
  • Game of Thrones fans | fascinating insights shared by Ross who featured in the series.


Group of people on a Boyne Boats tour

5-Star Rating on TripAdvisor

People on a Boyne Boats tour
Fantastic Tour

Fantastic Trip on this famous old stretch of water. Would highly recommend you to do this tour if you can, you won't be disappointed. Ross is a very hospitable and knowledgeable host. Very family friendly.

– Martin B, TripAdvisor
Plants native to Ireland
The King's Tour

Our family loved our boat and Boyne experience with Ross. The scenery was spectacular and the commentary was inform and entertaining. I would highly recommend this experience in Ireland.

– Ruth C, TripAdvisor
Dense, green algae on a Boyne Boats tour
Family Trip

Great trip well worth it. Our 3 year old and 6 year old had great fun paddling and spotting fairy doors!! Ross has great knowledge of local area and very interesting stories about game of thrones!! We had a great time!

– colldaman, TripAdivsor
Boyne Boats tour group with paddles
A Fantastic Experience!

Overall it was well worth the trip. The canal is both scenic and peaceful. The boat a work of art. Our guide Ross, brilliant company with some very fascinating stories. Please do make the visit if you are in the area or thinking of travelling down to newgrange.

– Matthew O, TripAdvisor
Boyne Boats tour
Great Boat Trip

Really recommend this boat trip, Ross has plenty of knowledge re local history. Thoroughly enjoyed learning to row the boat , and my four yr old loved looking for fairy doors while listening to some of her favourite tunes :)

– Luna D, TripAdvisor
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