South Leinster Way, Silaire Wood
Barrow Way starts in Lowtown. Co. Kildare along the towpaths and banks
down the River Barrow to St. Mullins.
The South Leinster
Way passes through Graig and climbs Brandon Hill, offering spectacular
views of the Barrow and Nore river valleys, the Comeragh Mountains and
the coastline. A riverbank boardwalk has also been constructed
up river from Graig with a circular route through Silaire Wood.
departing Graig, keep to the east bank, and follow the navigation
under the bridge. Upper Tinnahinch weir and cut are immediately below
the bridge so keep to the left with the weir to starboard. Be
aware, there can be quite a pull towards the weir in strong flows.
Tinnahinch Castle, beside the lock was a Butler Castle and defended
the ford and then the wooden bridge against the Kavanaghs in the
1540s. It was reinforced in the 17th century and held
by the confederates in the Cromwellian Wars.
leaving Upper Tinnhinch lock, keep to the left / east bank as
obstructions can occur on the outside of the bend.
Upper Tinnahinch has a 1.1m / 3.7ft fall.
The weir at Lower Tinnahinch is known as
Uisce Mor. There is some silting at the exit from Lower
Tinnahinch, which has a 2.9m or 9.75 fall.
Ballykeenan – St. Mullins