The King’s Tour Boat Adventure

Paddle Like an Iron Islander!

Quick Details

Duration

  • 90 minutes

Plan Ahead

  • Dress warm
  • Wear clothing comfortable for a little exercise
  • Bring rain gear (just in case)
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots

About the King’s Tour in Boyne Valley

Setting off from the sealock at the Lock keeper’s house, we travel upstream and around Oldbridge house – The Battle of the Boyne visitor centre. For our Meath boat tour, 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 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 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 on our historical Boyne Valley tour, it gives you the unique perspective to imagine the battle and with our audio enhanced experience, you feel like you are right in the middle of the action!

The paddling techniques you 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.

Safety and Information

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 comply with the Dept. of Marine Code of Practice for the safe operation of recreational craft. Life jackets are provided for all participants: Solid foam for younger paddlers and automatically inflated life jackets for those a little older in the flesh if not in the mind!