We opted for the Digby Lock Cruise which is a morning trip, starting at 10.00 a.m. We were really lucky with the weather especially as rain hit in the afternoon!
We headed to Sallins - the canal is really colourful and pretty at the set off point with lots of boats bobbing merrily and the bright reflection of the water.
|Blue boat on the water|
|Boats on the canal, Sallins|
|Boat through the bridge arch|
|Inside the cabin|
We pulled in at one point over the Liffey and Ger told us some of the history of the canals and the area we were in. It's absolutely fascinating to hear about, and imagine, a world gone by where the canal trips were a big progression from horses and carts.
|Barge Trip Boat|
|Bridge over the Liffey|
|Lock doors opening|
|More Lock detail|
|Skipper at work!|
We went a bit further - passing this gorgeous house and after a time turned to head back.
One thing I forgot to do was bring food - kids seem to be permanently hungry so that was a bit short sighted on my part! We did, however, have some coffee on board which was nice as I was starting to feel a bit of a chill after being outside for so long. There's also a bar on board but it was a wee bit early for drinks :)
I'd totally recommend it - I guess it's a bit weather dependent but you can always bring some raingear if the weather is showery.
The barge is also available for private hire and you can check out all the different cruises and book here:
|Lifebuoys on the boat|
|Rope and Lifebuoys|
|View of the Lock|
|Heading to the Lock|