Royal Canal Greenway Accommodation

Royal Canal Greenway Accommodation

My previous Royal Canal Greenway Accommodation blog post focussed on my personal experiences when staying overnight in three different locations along the Royal Canal. This post is a wider guide to a broad range of accommodation along the 146km walking route.

The aim is to be a tool to readers who are seeking to plan a multi-day walking/cycling trip along the Royal Canal. As such, I detail a number of accommodation options grouped by the various towns and villages along the way. I also give a bit of detail about each of these locations. In particular the distance each area is from the starting point of the Royal Canal Way in Spencer Dock in Dublin.

I haven’t personally stayed in the majority of the places mentioned below. As such, I cannot vouch for their quality, however sites such as TripAdvisor would be able to provide you with this sort of detail. Finally, I have only included accommodations that are within 3km of the banks of the Royal Canal in the below listings

Leixlip (20.70km)

Starting off with Leixlip which is located at just under the 21km mark. Leixlip lies on the border of Dublin and Kildare and marks the confluence point of the Liffey and Rye Rivers. In keeping with this aquatic theme, the name Leixlip comes from the Irish for Léim an Bhradáin which when translated literally means salmon’s leap. 

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Court Yard HotelLeixlip1.2km
Springfield HotelLeixlip2km
Leixlip ManorLeixlip1.9km

Maynooth (26.45km)

Maynooth is a University town with plenty to offer weary travellers with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. Being one of the larger towns on the walking route there is also a variety of Royal Canal Greenway Accommodation options.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Glenroyal HotelMaynooth0.4km
Carton HouseMaynooth2.0km
Maynooth Serviced StudiosMaynooth0.4km
Maynooth Campus AccommodationMaynooth0.7km
Manor Suite at Moyglare HallMaynooth2.6km
Laraghbryan GuesthouseMaynooth0.2km

Kilcock (32.40km)

Slightly further along the canal is the quiet town of Kilcock.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Air BnB Private RoomKilcock0.4km

Enfield (45.15km)

Entering County Meath, the next town along the Royal Canal Way is Enfield. Enfield is similar in size to Kilcock. 

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Johnstown EstateEnfield2.0km

Moyvalley (51.4km)

Moyvalley is probably most well known for its golf club and this is the accommodation option here at the Moyvalley Hotel and Golf resort. The only other amenity for travellers here is Furey’s Bar right on the canal. This pub is well worth a stop even if you are travelling further along the route.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Moyvalley Hotel and Golf ResortMoyvalley1.8km

Killucan (70.40km)

Accommodation options really are less frequent between Enfield and Mullingar. One spot to consider is the village of Killucan/Rathwire. While the village itself is about 2km from the canal, both of the below Royal Canal Greenway Accommodation options are directly on the canal itself. 

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Nanny Quinn’s ApartmentKillucan0.1km
Cunningham’s PubKillucan0.1km

Coralstown (73.65km)

The village of Coralstown is probably best known for Mary Lynch’s pub. This was traditionally a popular stop off spot for those travelling along the N4 roadway between Dublin and the west of Ireland. With the introduction of the new motorway, this passing trade has lessened somewhat. Mary Lynch’s pub is still a nice place to call into and they also offer accommodation. Mary Lynch’s is one of 23 pubs along the Royal Canal Way.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Mary Lynch’s PubCoralstown0.1km

Mullingar (85.50km)

Mullingar is a large town offering many accommodation options. The town was due to host the Fleadh Cheol in 2020 and 2021 but was cancelled due to covid. A plethora of places have sprung up offering rooms however in anticipation of the music festival, which is due to also take place in the town in 2022. Some of the more established options are noted below.  

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Mullingar Park HotelMullingar 2.0km
Mullingar ApartmentMullingar 0.2km
Annebrook House HotelMullingar 0.7km
Greville Arms HotelMullingar 0.5km
Kerrigan’s BnBMullingar 0.7km
Newbury HotelMullingar 0.1km

Abbeyshrule (112.80km)

In the 27km between Mullingar and Abbeyshrule there unfortunately no accommodation options within 3km of the canal. It may be possible to find an Air B and B slightly further afield. It might be worthwhile asking these places if they would include a pick up or drop off service from the canal. Otherwise it’s a long walk between the two locations. Bear in mind the route is extremely flat so a walk of this distance is still feasible.

Abbeyshrule itself is a beautiful little village. It has previously won the national Tidy Towns competition and also is a gold medal winner at the European Entente Florale Competition. Attractions include the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey, an aqueduct, an airfield and the sweeping River Inny running through it (and under the canal itself).

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Abbeyview House B&BAbbeyshrule 0.6km
The Rustic InnAbbeyshrule 0.1km

Ballymahon (121.90km) 

The town of Ballymahon is 9km further on from Abbeyshrule. Since the opening of the nearby Centre Parcs resort, the town is booming. As such, it is a lively little town with plenty of food, bar and accommodation options. Some of these are listed below.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Glebe HouseBallymahon 1.5km
Air BnB HouseBallymahon 1.0km
Skelly’s Bar and GuesthouseBallymahon 1.8km
Cooney’s HotelBallymahon 1.8km

Killashee (139.75km)

The village of Killashee is less than 1km from the canal. This is a quiet rural village. There are two pubs in the village, one of which, Magan’s also offers rooms for weary walkers to rest their heads. Magan’s also offer walking tour weekend breaks.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Magan’s PubKilashee 0.9km

Cloondara (145.45km)

The Richmond Inn in Cloondara (also known as Clondra) marks the end of the Royal Canal Way. The canal meets the Camlin river and then on to the river Shannon.

NameLocationDistance from Canal
Richmond InnCloondara 0.1km
Keenan’s HotelTarmonbarry 1.7km