The majestic River Blackwater rises on the Cork/Kerry border, flowing eastwards for 75 miles through Counties Cork and Waterford, before entering the sea at Youghal Bay. Prior to the advent of railways and modern transport this magnificent waterway was a busy trading route for the region, with barges and small sailing vessels transporting and exchanging merchandise.
The Blackwater is navigable from Youghal to Cappaquin Co. Waterford and a trip these waters is a wonderful experience – one not to be missed. Whether it be with Tony Gallagher of Blackwater Cruises, who will take you on a relaxed journey on his 28ft half-decker, “Maeve Og”, unfolding tales that flow from every inch of river bank or with Blackwater Boating in a canoe or kayak, or Youghal Sailing Club on one of their special Blackwater Cruise/Race. Whichever you chose, you will certainly understand why the Munster Blackwater is deserving of its alternate name “The Irish Rhine”