Upriver offer a unique way to experience the river with its eco tour option. If splashing through rapids and getting extremely wet isn’t for you upriver also have a more leisurely approach to exploring the river. While our fleet of white water kayaks can show you the true power of water, our fleet of Canadian canoes can help you explore the more majestic and quieter reaches of the river where no cruisers can venture. There is so much to see both from a history and nature point of view when taxing down the river in one of our eighteen foot discovery series Canadians. They can seat one to three people and have ample room for personal gear such as fishing gear or picnics which can also be arranged on request. An example of one tour would be starting at Ballygill Bridge, four miles up river on the Suck and following its course as it meanders down into the town of Ballinasloe. Crossing under three bridges and arriving at the ford of the great river which divided east to west Ireland hundreds of years ago. The ford itself is still present and sometimes your guide will literally have to “ford” through the final part of the journey from where the town gained its Gaelic name Beal atha Na slua (the ford mouth of the hostings). After passing by the Norman fort overlooking the ford which once guarded the “gateway to the west” paddlers then finish in either of two newly constructed marinas depending on which option you choose. Quite often people can opt to overnight in either of two hotels situated at the marinas as a great way to finish of a trek in the outdoors. The river “An tSuca” drops almost one hundred and twenty feet from its source at lough o’flynn to its finish at Shannon Bridge. Cruisers can only explore from Ballinasloe down leaving the rest open to the canoeist to explore its untouched nature and its many participations in history down through the years. Many Kings have used this river as its border in guarding the province of Connaught and Ballinasloe was and still is the most used passage from the East into Connaught. The river tells a story that your guide can pass onto you as well as pointing out many of the local wildlife creatures that inhabit the River. The eco tour comes highly recommended if you are visiting Ballinasloe and many have also even ventured for the night time excursions which follow the lights of the town as the river winds its way home.
Our Eco Tours are ideal for a family/group trip with a difference.
The following equipment can be supplied if prior notice is given:
Tents, Fishing rods and other equipment depending on your needs.
For those to which the idea of camping isn’t appealing, you can stay at the 4* Carlton Shearwater Hotel for a special rate of €49 Room only or €59 B&B. You can also avail of 30% of all spa treatments while you stay at the hotel in conjunction with us.