clashganny, clash, river barrow, ireland. Photo by James Burke

Clashganny, River Barrow. Photo by James Burke

Variously know as Clashganny or simply ‘Clash’.The name Clashganny comes from the Irish, Clais Ghainimh – meaning ‘the sandy river trench’. With steep-sided wooded hills and a swimming area on the river, ‘Clash’ is a popular venue for day trippers, campers, walkers and fishermen. The lock, weir and surrounding countryside is visible from the viewing point on the road above. To reach the lock car park, look for signs for the Clashganny House Restaurant on the road from Borris.

Spinning for Pike, Clashganny, River Barrow, fishing, angling

Spinning for Pike, Clashganny, River Barrow. Photo James Burke

Lock keeper's house, clashganny, clash, river Barrow, Ireland

Lock keeper’s house, Clashganny

Forest Trails
At Clashganny Lock, as you face the river, head left towards Ballykeenan Lock where there are looped forest trails nearby. On your way up the forest trail, if you take the first left hand branch (see pic below) you will loop back to Clashganny Lock, walking above and parallel to the river on the way. There are nice woods here and it’s less monotonous than the riverside walk between locks, especially for children. See online Leaflet here

If you feel fit enough, proceed straight up the steep hill to the Clashaganny Viewing Point (or you can drive up there). Return down to the river or by narrow road back to the Lock (left turn after the mass rock).

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The view from the woodland loop walk.

Head back to the lock at the end of the woodland loop walk

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Smooth newt and frogspawn beside the Barrow Way

HD Video filmed at Clashganna Lock and nearby on the river:

See the walking guide for more information. All photos & video by James Burke