We are carrying on along the Grand Canal, which does not have many corners in it! Here we are crossing the Macartney Aqueduct over the Silver River.
Silver River stretches away down below us.
This is a particularly straight section of the canal.
The broom is in full flower at the moment.
This turf cutter, close to our mooring, was carved from 3-4000 year old bog oak and is mounted on a plinth made from traditional yellow Pollagh brick. The Grand Canal was very important for the transportation of these bricks, particularly to Dublin.
The canal bridges are in excellent condition.
We sailed on along the canal and through Tullamore, where the railway crosses the canal. We saw a "cat on a hot tin roof"!
The lock cottage at lock 26 was particularly attractive.
This is the machine used to dredge the canal, but he is having a rest today, as it is Bank Holiday Monday!
As we carry on across Ireland, the scenery is varied, with flat countryside stretching away to our left at one point.
Five minutes later it is quite different, with an avenue of trees ahead of us.
It has since become overgrown with young trees but the towpath is still walkable and is well maintained.