Looped Trip

Small but mighty, an action-packed experience

Our shortest raft trip which lasts approximately 1.5 hours. This is a looped trip starting and finishing at our base in Palmerstown and is absolutely ideal trip for families and first time rafters. A short paddle upstream from the Canoe Centre will take you to Palmerstown Weir. From there you will paddle upstream under the Silver Bridge adjacent to the Farmleigh Estate and into the heart of the Strawberry Beds. On the return journey you will paddle along the banks of Waterstown park before tackling Palmerstown Weir.

1.5 hours
Ages 12 + *
All equipment provided
No experience needed
From €63 pp

The Route

The trip begins at our slipway and starts with a short paddle upstream to Palmerstown weir. Climbing the steps adjacent to the weir takes us onto the Calm waters of the Strawberry Beds and a gentle upstream paddle. On our return downstream we pass over Palmerstown weir before continuing back to our base. A surf on wave at the ‘take-out’ is the perfect way to finish up your trip.

What you'll see

This area of the river is full of wildlife. We have regular sightings of heron, kingfishers, swans, otters, mink, deer and even the odd seal all along the first 200m of our Looped trip.
Above Palmerstown weir, the ‘Silver bridge’ looms over the horizon. This bridge links the Farmleigh estate on the North side to Waterstown Park on the South side.
Expert river guides

Our raft guides are all IRF (International Raft Federation) qualified and have countless hours of experience working on the river. Between this and our passion for sharing our love of the river our guests are in safe hands.

The best of equipment

We use the very best of gear from Aqua Design and Palm Equipment to ensure complete comfort and safety for everybody who joins us on the water. Our Rafts are custom made with the River Liffey in mind. Stable, Sturdy and super comfy. Our Wetsuits, Cags, Buoyancy Aids and Helmets help to keep you safe and warm throughout the trip.

Chill at our riverside facilities

Our base at Mill Lane is a hidden gem. Standing on the banks of the river surrounded by green foliage and the sounds of rushing water it is hard to believe that we are only 7km from the heart of Dublin City. Enjoy a coffee or tea from the ‘Workshop’ cafe after your trip. Birthday party? Why not use our outdoor seating area to celebrate in style!

Age restrictions

The minimum age for active participants is 12 years old. Active participants are considered to be those who are strong enough to help propel the raft down the river. Younger kids can take part in our trips as non-paddling participants. Please get in touch for further details.

What should I bring?

We have everything you need to get on the water in comfort and safety. All you need is swimwear for under your wetsuit, old runners you don’t mind getting wet and a towel to dry off afterwards. You are very welcome to wear your own wetsuit if you prefer.

What's included?

We provide all of the necessary equipment and transport to the ‘get in’ point above Lucan village. We have full changing facilities, hot showers and on-site parking at our base in Mill Lane.