Boyne Boats

Overview

1h 30min
Boyne Boats offers tours across the River Boyne and Boyne canal, combining historical facts, myths and legends and Game of Thrones trivia to make an unforgettable, family-friendly boating experience. Take to one of our handcrafted, traditional Irish currachs and paddle the same routes as Ireland’s Stone Age ancestors. Marvel at the Boyne river’s beauty spots, admire the historical landmarks and become immersed in tales of ancient legends such as that of Celtic queen and goddess, Boann. Begin your journey from Oldbridge House, where the Battle of the Boyne changed Ireland’s fate more than 300 years ago. Experience all this from a currach fit for Jon Snow, handcrafted by Boyne Boats founder Ross Kenny, whose very own currachs are featured throughout Game of Thrones. Suitable for all ages with no boating experience necessary, Boyne Boats experiences offer a unique perspective into Irish history and mythology. Grab your paddle, settle in and soak up the rich beauty and history the River Boyne offers.

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Current opening times

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Facilities

  • Watersports & Activities
  • Mature visitors
  • Nature Lovers
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Solo Visitors
  • Guided Tours
  • Paid Visit
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Friends
  • Kids
  • Craft Experiences
Travel the full length of the canal. Hear and feel the battle as our sound enhanced experience puts you in the heart of the fighting.

Our purpose built boat takes you on a journey of fact and fantasy. Learn about the history of the Battle of the Boyne as we bisect the battle site. Hear what it was like to be on the battlefield as it happened.

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. 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 will 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 will 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 gives the visitor the unique perspective to imagine the battle and with our audio enhanced experience, you will feel like you are right in the middle of the action!

The paddling techniques you will 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.

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!

What to Bring

As this is Ireland, we strongly recommend you consult the weather forecast for the day you have booked your boat adventure. Otherwise, it is best to dress warm and comfortable for a little exercise and bring rain gear just in case. Comfortable walking shoes or boots are smiled upon; high heels are not friends of skin boats and frowned upon!

Contact details

  • Drogheda
  • Drogheda
  • Ireland
  • A92 X767
0863616420
info@boyneboats.ie