River Safari & Horse Riding Adventure Tour

Borris House visited by Rural Tours


Tour Details

Season: All Year Round
Departs Every Monday at 9am

Departure Point Outside Dublin Tourist Office, Suffolk Street
Duration 9 Hrs
Return 6pm
Persons over 14 only

Included in Price

Tour Guide
Tour of Borris House
2 Hour Horse Riding
3 Hour River Kayking Safari
Wetsuit Provided
Pickup & Drop off Dublin City Centre

Lunch not included in tour price.
You can substitute either activity for Quad Biking for an additional charge subject to availability.

River Safari & Horse Riding Adventure Tour

This action packed day is not to be missed.

We depart Dublin for the beautiful area surrounding the historic village of Borris in Co. Carlow.

On Arrival to the Kavanagh Estate our first activity of the day is horse riding in the beautiful scenic grounds of the estate which is set in over six hundred and fifty acres of walled private park and woodlands.

After an enjoyable trot through the grounds of the Kavanagh Estate we arrive back at Borris House for a very interesting and exciting tour that will focus on the life of The Incredible Arthur Kavanagh. This very impressive ancestral house has been home to the Kavanagh family for over 1000 years. Our hero Arthur was born in this house in 1831 - armless and legless, yet he went on to lead an extraordinary life both here and abroad.

After our tour in the Borris estate our journey takes us to the adventure kayking. We will kick off with the usual safety chat followed by instruction. Then heading downriver we will encounter many challenges in the form of weirs, rapids and other natural obsticles. The river environment is full of wildlife as we navigate our way through beautiful countryside, old oak woods, old barge channels - used for distributing Guinness - and dramatic hidden valleys.

Along the way we will be stopping of at the Kavanagh private Graveyard located just off the river at a secluded and quiet tributary entry called Bun na hAbhainn. Here we will see the traditional high cross and final resting place of our hero who died on Christmas Day 1869.

Again heading down river from here we will continue to encounter more challenges. A quick stop to view an old 60ft coal barge that broke its mooring during a storm many years ago and now sit in the trees on the bank. And on again over the drops at Clashganny and through the rapids and past the ancient eel weir at Ballykeenan. From her we descend into a beautiful and secluded pine-wood valley on our final stretch into medieval Graignamanagh. All in all an excellent day out.

. After a fun filled adventure day out, we make our way back to Dublin City Center.


Is there white water?
Yes there is white water on the river, but as the river Barrow has a navigation channel on it, there are canals in place at all weirs and rapids, so that those who do not want the challenge of white water can take alternative flat water routes at those points.

What happens if it’s raining?

We go out on the water even in the rain. You should consider bringing an extra layer or a waterproof or windproof jacket with you.

Things you need to bring

  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Footwear - Preferably runners which will get wet. (no flipflops)
  • Wind or Waterproof Jacket (In Cold Months)

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