But when coming closer to Upper Tinnahinch Lock I notice a sunken boat in the navigation. It is not visible so I don't know if there is enough space between it and the weir. I decide to stop at a free space at the quay wall. We walk down and have a closer look. Then we untie and drive carefully to the lock. The mooring on both sides of the Upper Tinnahinch Lock is silted and the propeller swirls up mud. After going down we pass a breeding swan.
Originally we had planned to stay overnight in Graiguenamanagh but for several reasons we decided to go further on. That wasn't a wrong decision! We drive slowly downstream in the valley surrounded by hills and the view is reflected in the water.
The cut to the Lower Tinnahinch Lock is shallow. It seems to us that Waterways Ireland has done a lot of dredging on the northern part of the Barrow Navigation but that the dredger had not seen this southern part for a long time. We are told that the dredger, which we had seen in Carlow will come down during the next weeks.
We moor above the lock and enjoy a quiet evening with great views while sitting on the deck and walking around. In the last of the daylight we watch bats hunting around the boat.
Oak Park (Carlow) Max 13.6°C Min 9 °C 2 Rainfall 1.3 mm (Must have been a shower during the last night)
4 locks + 1 double lock, 11.4 km, 4 hours 44 minutes
Friday 14/04/2011 Lower Tinnahinch - Carriglead - St. Mullins weir - St. Mullins Lock
Motto of the day: A sunny last day on the Barrow
Our last day on the Barrow starts with sunny spells. A dog howls down in the valley and his heart-touching sound is echoed by a hill. I cannot spot him but after a while he stops. Despite that, the place is peaceful and we relax in the morning.