The Grand Canal from Sallins to Robertstown covers some of the most picturesque and, from an industrial heritage aspect, some of the most intriguing sections of waterway. Beginning on the north bank from Sallins bridge the towpath follows a road for the first 2km out of Sallins. On the way, across the canal, is the three-legged junction with the impressively scenic and historic Naas & Corbally branch of the canal. The triangular island at the junction is known locally as ‘‘soldier’s island’’. Some say the name comes from the ghost of a soldier who perished there; more likely it refers to the location of a guard post during the 1798 disturbances when the canal barges were often raided by rebels. Cock Bridge Healy’s Bridge Old Ballinafagh Feeder Robertstown The Grand Canal 18 N W E S Sallins Harbour 24 SALLINS TO ROBERTSTOWN THE GRAND CANAL 11.5 km / 7 miles ROBERTSTOWN TO EDENDERRY THE GRAND CANAL 21 km / 13 miles SALLINS TO NAAS THE GRAND CANAL 5.5 km / 3.5 miles NAAS TO CORBALLY HARBOUR THE GRAND CANAL 7.25 km / 4.5 miles GPS 53.2692 -6.8175