The kayaking capital of Ireland, Ballymahon on the River Inny is the ideal location from which to explore the waterways in the midlands. Both the river Inny and the Royal Canal intersect the town and the magnificent Lough Ree on the Shannon is only a few miles down the road.
The River Inny has an excellent kayaking run close to the town; appropriate for beginners, intermediate and advanced enthusiasts. A 4km stretch of prime paddling real estate, the Inny offers rapids containing some pour-overs, stoppers, holes and standing waves. It is the only stretch of water of this type in the midlands area and attracts beginners and experienced paddlers alike. A wild water race and a slalom event are hosted on the river by the local club every year and attract the best of paddling talent from all over the country and further afield.