About Shannon and Erne

Feel the irresistible lure of the Shannon-Erne

The River Shannon gives central Ireland it's unique character. It’s an obvious feature if you study a Shannon River map. At a glance, it’s clear that the waters influence the land. The fishing is superb and golf is extremely popular! As you travel, you’ll stop in quaint villages, why not explore the medieval churches and kick back in the pubs!

 

Map showing where the Shannon & Erne boating region is in Ireland

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Shannon and Erne map

Shannon and Erne Region map

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The perfect boating region for...

Golf

Golf Clubs with blurred background

If you love golf you'll love golfing on the Shannon-Erne. Choose from six world-class golf courses and include golf breaks in your Shannon-Erne cruises. Tee off at the 18-hole golf course at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell. Then relax with a pint at the 19th hole!

Fishing

Child fishing

The Shannon-Erne is perfect for fishing holidays! Go for pike, perch, roach, bream and rudd. The Lower Lough Erne is famous for its hefty brown trout, and Upper Lough Erne is a pike angler’s nirvana! Carrick-on-Shannon ranks as one of Ireland’s top coarse fishing centres!

History & Heritage

Portumna Castle

Monastery ruins, medieval churches and stately castles are seen around every corner on the Shannon-Erne history holidays. Let the ruins of Clonmacnoise (circa 6th century) impress you! Not to be missed are the Brian Boru Heritage Centre, Portumna Castle and the Carrigglas Manor.

Nature Lovers

Brown bird

The fields, bogs and islands of the Shannon-Erne exude serenity as you watch ducks, geese, terns, coots and Great-crested grebes. Trekking trails meander through parkland and invite you to stroll in Nature. Bullock Island near Shannon Harbour beckons for bird-watching!


Useful information

Download our Region Guide

Check out our region guideWe've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

Download our region guide

Le Boat in Ireland is known as Emerald Star. If you book outside of Ireland, although your booking will be with Le Boat, when you arrive in Ireland, our boats proudly display our Emerald Star brand. But worry not, you will still receive the same great service that your would get from any of our Le Boat bases elsewhere. Emerald Star are Ireland's Number One boating holiday provider and have been operating on the Rivers Shannon and Erne for nearly 50 years - your holiday is in safe hands.

The Irish coast rises tallish from the sea, and yet the terrain drops farther inland, creating a sort of cup where the water gathers. One fifth of the water drains inward to the Shannon River, Ireland’s largest at 360 kilometres (224 miles). The fall on the navigable middle section of the river is slight at only 9 metres (29 feet), which means the water moves slowly. A Shannon River map also reveals the large number of lakes in the Shannon system, a real plus for canal boat cruising!

 

Taking a look at a Shannon-Erne waterway map highlights the pretty stretch of the Shannon-Erne Canal. This passage links up the two canal systems of the Shannon and Erne rivers, thus accounting for its rather uncreative name. The canal is 63 kilometres (39 miles) and runs from Leitrim Village to Upper Lough. It has 18 locks and is as stunning as it is tranquil.

The Shannon-Erne Canal is interestingly both old and new. As early as 1838, efforts were made to survey a route to link the Shannon and Erne rivers, and today’s canal follows the path set out at that time. The canal project had some false starts, but the waterway eventually opened in 1860. The railroads promptly killed it. In nine years, only eight boats used it! The canal was closed. In 1991, work began to open the canal for pleasure boats and three years later the canal was back!

We've partnered up with some of the best local businesses from the towns and villages along the River Shannon to help you get the most out of your Le Boat holiday.

Discover our range of exclusive offers, only available to Le Boat customers. 

Cruising on the Shannon-Erne is easy and suitable for beginners. However, you should pay careful attention to your navigation during windy weather on open waters. You will be required to view a video before departure. Fishing licences are required for all cruising areas except Carrick. The charge for a licence is about 7 euros per week.

 

Navigation restrictions: Please note that some of our boats cannot go on the Lough Allen Canal (between Carrick & Drumshanbo) but the rest of the itinerary is not restricted : Vision3, Magnifique, Classique, Elegance, Crusader, Shannon star, Royal mystique 2, Caprice.

Take a look at our waterway and lock closures page to find out if there are any scheduled cruising restrictions that will affect your holiday plans.

Smart cards are needed to operate the 16 locks on the Shannon-Erne. They can be purchased for approximately 13 euros for 20 units at all our bases. Locks and bridges on the River Shannon are also charged at approximately 1.50 euros each. Lifejackets must be worn in the locks.

 

Opening hours: Locks are open Monday - Saturday 09:00-20:00 and Sundays 10:00-18:00.

 

Public holidays: Locks are closed on some public holidays. All locks closed on: 1st November.

Moorings are plentiful on the Shannon-Erne.

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Hire of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Optional holiday extras (find out more
  • Boat damage waiver (find out more)
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (find out more)
  • Passage through locks (small fee applies - payable locally)
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside serevices if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Interactive map of the Shannon & Erne

Bases  = Le Boat / Emerald Star base  Chateau  = Point of interest

Great to see...

Altough it is a small village, Belleek is known for its history in china and porcelain production. Cycle around town and discover the Belleek pottery, founded in the 19th century. You may also enjoy a walk to the pretty Castle Caldwell at the west of the city.

Enniskillen is the biggest city of Fermanagh County. Downtown, have a walk and visit the magnificient Anglican Cathedral, St. Macartin. On the outskirts, there are pretty places like the gardens near the old fortified house in Tully Castle.

Welcome to Belturbet, a peaceful and welcoming town along the canal. Enter the city and have a walk downtown, to discover the beautiful Staghal Church. If you stay the night, you can dine in one of the many fine restaurants.

Welcome to Ballyconnell, a vibrant and picturesque town with a number of good restaurants and typical pubs downtown. The Tomregan church, aside the town, is a good place for a peaceful walk in pretty surroundings.

Ballinamore is a green and peaceful town with many activities on offer. Walk the hiking paths around the city, take to your bicycle or visit the equestrian centre.

Drumshanbo, located along the Shannon river is a typical Irish village, with a once-thriving iron-mining industry.  The city has a great religious past, and has three churches that you can visit. Around the lake, there are also beautiful walking paths.

Must see
Bateau Emerald Star face à Castel Island sur le Lough Key

Lough Key is a beautiful, relaxed mooring offering the opportunity to chill out and explore. The Lough Key centre offers a number of activities for the whole family. There also is an adventure playground in the complex together with a unique and challenging adventure house for adults and children called Boda Borg.

A quiet and pretty little village straddling the canal. A good place to have a drink on the terrace, watching the river.

Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint-Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in the art centre.

This picturesque village is an important boating harbour on the River Shannon with many attractive mooring places. There are some lovely walks here, and really good spots for anglers.

Tarmonbarry is a welcoming town with many vestiges of the past. Discover the hidden Abbey in the church grounds, built in the twelth century or enjoy the sight of the great Carriglas Manor. If you stay for the night, enjoy the plentiful local pubs and restaurants.

In the small town of Lanesborough stands one of the oldest centres of Christianity in Longford, Saint-John's church, a beautiful building built on an older church dating from the 5th century.

Athlone

Athlone, the capital of the Midlands, is a welcoming town. Come and discover its culture, especially Athlone Castle, built to defend the island against French attacks and then partially destroyed by a lightening strike in 1967. Take time to see the visitor centre and the beautiful landscapes over the river Shannon.

Must see
Pierres tombales de Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise is a wonderful vestige of the past, lost in nature. Discover a great monastery, which was once the most famous of the island, before beeing destroyed by Athlone. Come here and discover many beautiful monuments, like the old monastery, the ruin of the cathedral and the pretty castle ruins too. The landscapes are here just marvelous.

Banagher is steeped in history. Come here and discover this peaceful and quiet town hiding many treasures of the past, like the old Castle Clonony. Head downtown and visit the pretty Saint-Paul's church.

Situated at the head of Lough Derg, Portumna is one of Galway's most attractive towns and is famous for Portumna Castle, a unique example of the transitional Irish architecture of the early 1600s.

A pretty and welcoming village where you will enjoy having a rest. Have a break in one of the good restaurants. Terryglass is also the site of a 6th century monastic settlement, of which only a small part remains; but the area is very historic.

Near Dromineer, you will appreciate the sight of the 13th century ruined castle. Have a walk along the shore to observe the pretty landscapes on the river Shannon.

Welcome in Garykennedy, a quiet village that was once the residence of the powerful Kennedy family. Observe the old Kennedy Castle, and have a good time in the pubs downtown. There is also an access to the biggest lake of Ireland, the Lough Derg.

Mountshannon is a beautiful and scenic village. It was designed as a model village and completed in 1742. It's tree lined streets and the uniformity of its architecture give it a grace and dignity seldom seen in villages of comparable size.

Scariff is a major stopping point for boats upon the Shannon River. Although it is narrow and windy, the Scariff River, which winds its way through the town before joining Lough Derg, is easily navigable and is a quaint and enjoyable experience.

Killaloe and Ballina are two wonderful green villages separated by the river. Take time to have a walk on the old stone bridge and appreciate the amazing river views. The old roman catholic church is also worth a visit.

Route suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

Cruising through lush, green countryside

The Ireland Golf and Nature Lovers Long Break

Carrick-on-Shannon
Leitrim-Village
Drumshanbo
Ballinamore
Ballyconnell
Belturbet
Enniskillen
Belleek
Carrick-on-Shannon

46 hr(s) of cruising

280km 36 locks 11 nights

The Ireland Golf and Nature Lovers Long Break

Carrick-on-Shannon RETURN via Belleek

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Overview

You’re cruising in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, and you see that Upper Lough Erne is a wonderland of lush green islands amidst a backdrop of blue. Having temporarily satiated your passion for angling, golf and cycling, you look forward to exploring Tully and Caldwell castles on the next phase of your barge holiday in Ireland!

Top highlights:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon's artistic history
  • The three churches of Drumshanbo
  • Ballyconnell's variety of food
  • Belleek's pottery tour

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon: Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint-Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in the art center.
  • Leitrim-Village: A quiet and pretty little village straddling the canal. A good place to have a drink on the terrace, watching the river.
  • Drumshanbo: Drumshanbo, located along the Shannon river is a typical Irish village, with a once-thriving iron-mining industry. The city has a great religious past, and has three churches that you can visit. Around the lake, there are also beautiful walking paths.
  • Ballinamore: Ballinamore is a green and peaceful town with many activities on offer. Walk the hiking paths around the city, hire a bike or visit the equestrian center.
  • Ballyconnell: Welcome to Ballyconnell, a vibrant and picturesque town with a number of good restaurants and typical pubs downtown. The Tomregan Church, aside the town, is a good place for a peaceful walk in pretty surroundings.
  • Belturbet: Welcome to Belturbet, a peaceful and welcoming town along the canal. Enter the city and have a walk downtown, to discover the beautiful Staghal Church. If you stay the night, you can dine in one of the many fine restaurants.
  • Enniskillen: Enniskillen is the biggest city of Fermanagh County. Downtown, have a walk and visit the magnificent Anglican Cathedral, St. Macartin. On the outskirts, there are pretty places like the gardens near the old fortified house in Tully Castle.
  • Belleek: Altough it is a small village, Belleek is known for its history in china and porcelain production. Cycle around town and discover the Belleek pottery, founded in the 19th century. You may also enjoy a walk to the pretty Castle Caldwell at the west of the city.

 

46 hr(s) of cruising

280km 36 locks 11 nights
Enniskillen castle in Ireland

The Lakelands and Fisherman's Long Break

Carrick-on-Shannon
Leitrim-Village
Drumshanbo
Ballinamore
Ballyconnell
Belturbet
Enniskillen
Carrick-on-Shannon

36 hr(s) of cruising

220km 34 locks 10 nights

The Lakelands and Fisherman's Long Break

Carrick-on-Shannon RETURN via Enniskillen

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Overview

You came for the world-famous Irish scenery you knew you’d find on a boat holiday in Ireland, a land where the fish bite and the 19th hole lures. You’ve already teed in Belturbet, and now you’re leisurely cruising northward on Upper Lough Erne to angle for dinner. Perch and Guinness anyone?

Top highlights:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon's artistic history
  • The three churches of Drumshanbo
  • The gardens and old fortified house of Enniskillen

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon: Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint-Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in the art center.
  • Leitrim-Village: A quiet and pretty little village straddling the canal. A good place to have a drink on the terrace, watching the river.
  • Drumshanbo: Drumshanbo, located along the Shannon river is a typical Irish village, with a once-thriving iron-mining industry. The city has a great religious past, and has three churches that you can visit. Around the lake, there are also beautiful walking paths.
  • Ballinamore: Ballinamore is a green and peaceful town with many activities on offer. Walk the hiking paths around the city, take a bike or visit the equestrian center.
  • Ballyconnell: Welcome to Ballyconnell, a vibrant and picturesque town with a number of good restaurants and typical pubs downtown. The Tomregan Church, aside the town, is a good place for a peaceful walk in pretty surroundings.
  • Belturbet: Welcome to Belturbet, a peaceful and welcoming town along the canal. Enter the city and have a walk downtown, to discover the beautiful Staghal Church. If you stay the night, you can dine in one of the many fine restaurants.
  • Enniskillen: Enniskillen is the biggest city of Fermanagh County. Downtown, have a walk and visit the magnificent Anglican Cathedral, St. Macartin. On the outskirts, there are pretty places like the gardens near the old fortified house in Tully Castle.

 

36 hr(s) of cruising

220km 34 locks 10 nights
Lough Key Castle on Lough Key

The Northern Shannon Cruise

Carrick-on-Shannon
Leitrim-Village
Drumshanbo
Ballinamore
Ballyconnell
Belturbet
Carrick-on-Shannon

29 hr(s) of cruising

150km 34 locks 7 nights

The Northern Shannon Cruise

Carrick-on-Shannon RETURN via Belturbet

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Overview

You head out on your barge vacation in Ireland through lakes, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the River Shannon. You feel relaxed as the scenery slowly passes by, and you see friendly people wave at you from the towpath. Along the way, you enjoy the waterfront bistro in Leitrim, fishing at Drumshanbo and playing the 18-hole championship golf course at Ballyconnell.

Top highlights:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon's artistic history
  • The three churches of Drumshanbo
  • Ballyconnell's variety of food
  • The shrine to the Abbey of Tarmonbarry
  • Carrigglas Manor in County Longford

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon: Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint-Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in the art center.
  • Leitrim: A quiet and pretty little village straddling the canal. A good place to have a drink on the terrace, watching the river.
  • Drumshanbo: Drumshanbo, located along the Shannon river is a typical Irish village, with a once-thriving iron-mining industry. The city has a great religious past, and has three churches that you can visit. Around the lake, there are also beautiful walking paths.
  • Ballinamore: Ballinamore is a green and peaceful town with many activities on offer. Walk the hiking paths around the city, hire a bike or visit the equestrian center.
  • Ballyconnell: Welcome to Ballyconnell, a vibrant and picturesque town with a number of good restaurants and typical pubs downtown. The Tomregan Church, aside the town, is a good place for a peaceful walk in pretty surroundings.
  • Belturbet: Welcome to Belturbet, a peaceful and welcoming town along the canal. Enter the city and have a walk downtown, to discover the beautiful Staghal Church. If you stay the night, you can dine in one of the many fine restaurants.

29 hr(s) of cruising

150km 34 locks 7 nights
Historic bridge across the river in Athlone

The Southern Shannon Cruise

Carrick-on-Shannon
Roosky
Tarmonbarry
Lanesborough
Athlone
Carrick-on-Shannon

22 hr(s) of cruising

200km 6 locks 7 nights

The Southern Shannon Cruise

Carrick-on-Shannon RETURN via Athlone

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Overview

You’ve revelled in the friendly pubs and tried the Guinness and Jameson whisky, Calcannon (potato and cabbage) and Boxty (fried potato cakes). Now you’re up for golf — even more natural on barge vacations in Ireland than neighbourhood leprechauns and four-leaf clovers! At Glasson and Hodson Bay, you hit the greens with gusto and the luck of the Irish!

Top highlights:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon's artistic history
  • The shrine to the Abbey of Tarmonbarry
  • Carrigglas Manor in County Longford
  • The castle of Athlone

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon: Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in The Dock Arts Center.
  • Roosky: This picturesque village is an important boating harbour on the River Shannon with many attractive mooring places. There are some lovely walks here, and really good spots for anglers.
  • Tarmonbarry: Tarmonbarry is a welcoming town with many vestiges of the past. Discover the hidden Abbey in the church grounds, built in the twelfth century or enjoy the sight of the great Carriglas Manor. If you stay for the night, enjoy the plentiful local pubs and restaurants.
  • Lanesborough: In the small town of Lanesborough stands one of the oldest centers of Christianity in Longford, Saint John's church, a beautiful building built on an older church dating from the fifith century.
  • Athlone: Athlone, the capital of the Midlands, is a welcoming town. Come and discover its culture, especially Athlone Castle, built to defend the island against French attacks and then partially destroyed by a lightning strike in 1967. Take time to see the visitor center and the beautiful landscapes over the river Shannon.

22 hr(s) of cruising

200km 6 locks 7 nights
Ancient monastery ruins in Clonmacnoise

The Celtic Cruise

Carrick-on-Shannon
Roosky
Tarmonbarry
Lanesborough
Athlone
Clonmacnoise
Banagher
Portumna

19 hr(s) of cruising

160km 5 locks 7 nights

The Celtic Cruise

Carrick-on-Shannon to Portumna ONEWAY

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Overview

A Portumna to Carrick-on Shannon cruise is great if you want to cover lots of the Shannon! Enjoy the Georgian town of Portumna and the pristine waters of Lough Ree. Then indulge yourself with some fishing, a round of golf and some shepherd's pie in a pub!

Top highlights:

  • The old monastery and castle ruins of Clonmacnoise
  • The still forest and castle of Portumna
  • The castle of Athlone

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon: Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in The Dock Arts Center.
  • Roosky: This picturesque village is an important boating harbour on the River Shannon with many attractive mooring places. There are some lovely walks here, and really good spots for anglers.
  • Tarmonbarry: Tarmonbarry is a welcoming town with many vestiges of the past. Discover the hidden Abbey in the church grounds, built in the twelfth century or enjoy the sight of the great Carriglas Manor. If you stay for the night, enjoy the plentiful local pubs and restaurants.
  • Lanesborough: In the small town of Lanesborough stands one of the oldest centres of Christianity in Longford, Saint John's Church, a beautiful building built on an older church dating from the fifth century.
  • Athlone: Athlone, the capital of the Midlands, is a welcoming town. Come and discover its culture, especially Athlone Castle, built to defend the island against French attacks and then partially destroyed by a lightning strike in 1967. Take time to see the visitor centre and the beautiful landscapes over the river Shannon.
  • Clonmacnoise: Clonmacnoise is a wonderful vestige of the past, lost in nature. Discover a great monastery, which was once the most famous of the island, before being destroyed by Athlone. Come here and discover many beautiful monuments, like the old monastery, the ruins of the cathedral and the pretty castle ruins too. The landscapes here are just marvelous.
  • Banagher: Banagher is steeped in history. Come here and discover this peaceful and quiet town hiding many treasures of the past, like the old Castle Clonony. Head downtown and visit the pretty Saint-Paul's Church.
  • Portumna: Situated at the head of Lough Derg, Portumna is one of Galway's most attractive towns and is famous for Portumna Castle which both King James I and Queen Elizabeth I of England visited.

19 hr(s) of cruising

160km 5 locks 7 nights
Taking in the views across Lough Derg

The Lough Derg Cruise

Portumna
Terryglass
Dromineer
Garrykennedy
Mountshannon
Scarriff
Killaloe
Portumna

17 hr(s) of cruising

128km 0 locks 7 nights

The Lough Derg Cruise

Portumna RETURN via Killaloe & Mountshannon

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Overview

You’ve locked wits with wily pike, brown trout and course fish on the beautiful Loug Derg. You've enjoyed all kinds of watersports in Dromineer, and gone cycling to villages, castles and cathedrals. An Irish cruise delivered exactly what you were looking for — a mix of varied vacation pleasures to long remember. Ancient Celtic ruins definitely caught your imagination!

Top highlights:

  • The still forest and castle of Portumna
  • Views from the old stone bridge of Killaloe

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Portumna: Situated at the head of Lough Derg, Portumna is one of Galway's most attractive towns and is famous for Portumna Castle which both King James I and Queen Elizabeth I of England visited.
  • Terryglass: A pretty and welcoming village where you will enjoy having a rest. Have a break in one of the good restaurants. Terryglass is also the site of a sixth century monastic settlement, of which only a small part remains; but the area is very historic.
  • Dromineer: Near Dromineer, you will appreciate the sight of the thirteenth century ruined castle. Have a walk along the shore to observe the pretty landscapes on the river Shannon.
  • Garrykennedy: Welcome to Garykennedy, a quiet village that was once the residence of the powerful Kennedy family. Observe the old Kennedy Castle, and have a good time in the pubs downtown. There is also an access to the biggest lake of Ireland, the Lough Derg.
  • Mountshannon: Mountshannon is a beautiful and scenic village. It was designed as a model village and completed in 1742. It's tree lined streets and the uniformity of its architecture give it a grace and dignity seldom seen in villages of comparable size.
  • Scarriff: Scarriff is a major stopping point for boats upon the Shannon River. Although it is narrow and windy, the Scarriff River, which winds its way through the town before joining Lough Derg, is easily navigable and is a quaint and enjoyable experience.
  • Killaloe: Killaloe and Ballina are two wonderful green villages separated by the river. Take time to have a walk on the old stone bridge and appreciate the amazing river views. The old roman catholic church is also worth a visit.

17 hr(s) of cruising

128km 0 locks 7 nights
Portumna

The South Shannon Short Break

Portumna
Banagher
Clonmacnoise
Athlone
Terryglass
Portumna

17 hr(s) of cruising

120km 4 locks 3 nights

The South Shannon Short Break

Portumna RETURN via Athlone & Terryglass

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Overview

You'll discover lush green landscapes, historic towns and plenty of Irish charm as you wind through the heart of the Shannon on this short return cruise. 

Top highlights:

  • The still forest and castle of Portumna
  • The old monastery and castle ruins of Clonmacnoise
  • The castle of Athlone

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Portumna: Situated at the head of Lough Derg, Portumna is one of Galway's most attractive towns and is famous for Portumna Castle which both King James I and Queen Elizabeth I of England visited.
  • Banagher: Banagher is steeped in history. Come here and discover this peaceful and quiet town hiding many treasures of the past, like the old Castle Clonony. Head downtown and visit the pretty Saint Paul's Church.
  • Clonmacnoise: Clonmacnoise is a wonderful vestige of the past, lost in nature. Discover a great monastery, which was once the most famous of the island, before being destroyed by Athlone. Come here and discover many beautiful monuments, like the old monastery, the ruins of the cathedral and the pretty castle ruins too. The landscapes are here just marvelous.
  • Athlone: Athlone, the capital of the Midlands, is a welcoming town. Come and discover its culture, especially Athlone Castle, built to defend the island against French attacks and then partially destroyed by a lightning strike in 1967. Take time to see the visitor center and the beautiful landscapes over the river Shannon.
  • Terryglass: A pretty and welcoming village where you will enjoy having a rest. Have a break in one of the good restaurants. Terryglass is also the site of a sixth century monastic settlement, of which only a small part remains; but the area is very historic.

17 hr(s) of cruising

120km 4 locks 3 nights
Portumna castle and gardens

The Lough Derg Short Break

Portumna
Terryglass
Killaloe
Portumna

14 hr(s) of cruising

106km 0 locks 3 nights

The Lough Derg Short Break

Portumna RETURN via Killaloe

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Overview

You are totally relaxed only hours from Portumna, where you savoured shepherd’s pie in a friendly pub and checked out the castle! Now you’re happily cruising on your boat rental in Ireland southbound on the big Lough Derg, famous for its brown trout and pike. You can just taste your fresh fish dinner as you envision kicking back on the sundeck!

Top highlights:

  • The still forest and castle of Portumna
  • Views from the old stone bridge of Killaloe

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Portumna: Situated at the head of Lough Derg, Portumna is one of Galway's most attractive towns and is famous for Portumna Castle which both King James I and Queen Elizabeth I of England visited.
  • Terryglass: A pretty and welcoming village where you will enjoy having a rest. Have a break in one of the good restaurants. Terryglass is also the site of a sixth century monastic settlement, of which only a small part remains; but the area is very historic.
  • Killaloe: Killaloe and Ballina are two wonderful green villages separated by the river. Take time to have a walk on the old stone bridge and appreciate the amazing river views. The old roman catholic church is also worth a visit.

14 hr(s) of cruising

106km 0 locks 3 nights
Colourful houses in Carrick-on-Shannon

The North Shannon Short Break

Carrick-on-Shannon
Roosky
Tarmonbarry
Lanesborough
Carrick-on-Shannon

14 hr(s) of cruising

104km 6 locks 3 nights

The North Shannon Short Break

Carrick-on-Shannon RETURN via Lanesborough

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Overview

The River Shannon marks a swath of blue through emerald green hills dotted with Celtic ruins and postcard-perfect villages, entrancing you with every mile you make south towards Lanesborough at the head of Lough Ree. A boat rental in Ireland immerses you in the Irish way of life, slow and easy as you cycle the towpaths or play a round of golf.

Top highlights:

  • Fishing in Roosky
  • The shrine to the Abbey of Tarmonbarry
  • Carrigglas Manor in County Longford

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon: Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed on the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town and visit the great Saint Mary's Church. Learn its history and discover its culture in the The Dock Arts Center.
  • Roosky: This picturesque village is an important boating harbour on the River Shannon with many attractive mooring places. There are some lovely walks here, and really good spots for anglers.
  • Tarmonbarry: Tarmonbarry is a welcoming town with many vestiges of the past. Discover the hidden Abbey in the church grounds, built in the twelfth century or enjoy the sight of the great Carriglas Manor. If you stay for the night, enjoy the plentiful local pubs and restaurants.
  • Lanesborough: In the small town of Lanesborough stands one of the oldest centers of Christianity in Longford, Saint John's Church, a beautiful building built on an older church dating from the fifth century.

14 hr(s) of cruising

104km 6 locks 3 nights

Our Feefo reviews

Feefo is an independent and impartial review service that requests reviews directly from those who have been on a Le Boat vacation. Below you can read what our past customers think about their Le Boat experience, and trust that what you read is unfiltered, unedited and uncensored.

Added on 28 September 2022

Sean Conway said

A cruise on Shannon is a great holiday and the Le Boat team could not have been more helpful Great holiday on the Shannon
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Dear Sean, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review of your recent boating holiday in Ireland. The River Shannon is a fantastic cruising destination and we are delighted that you enjoyed the experience. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are therefore pleased to hear you received just that. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Portumna - Portumna
Shannon Star
Added on 23 September 2022

James Roche said

We will be hiring a boat again for sure Loved the trip up the river
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Hi James, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review of your Le Boat experience. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Portumna - Portumna
Magnifique
Added on 21 September 2022

Richard Neubauer said

The customer service is great. They were very friendly at reception. Frank, who checked us out on the boat was very helpful with figuring out our itinerary. He also told us about the best pub close by. Great guy. One disappointment was we were charged for a private transfer from Dublin airport but actually 6 other guests traveled with us in the van. We didn't mind but it was not a private transfer. The boat was not ready when we arrived. They had to replace the house battery and we had to fill the fresh water tank the next day. Minor inconvenience. We went to the grocery store while we waited. When we got to Portumna the lady in reception was also very friendly and helped us with getting a taxi to the train station. We want to come back and cruise on the Shannon again. Boating on the Shannon River is beautiful. We fell in love with Ireland and want to come back. Everybody we met on the way was very friendly and helpful. The pubs we went to were great. It is one of the best vacations we have ever taken.
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Good Morning Richard, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your boating holiday on the River Shannon. Apologies for the delay in response, however I wanted to touch base with our teams to look into the details of the booking to see how the mistake might have been made. According to our sales team, we did confirm that you did in fact pay for the standard airport transfer rather than the private one. We apologize if there was any confusion in the description of the additional charge when you made the booking. We do aim to provide clarity in the booking details, but we are sorry if you felt this was not clearly explained. If you would like further information, please email [email protected] We are happy to hear that you received excellent service from the reception staff in both bases and that over all you enjoyed your trip on the Shannon. We are glad to hear you would like to come back and cruise again the near future! We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. Best Wishes, Le Boat Team
Carrick-on-Shannon - Portumna
Lake Star
Added on 14 September 2022

A customer said

Fantastic holiday in a beautiful location ( River Shannon) with faultless and helpful staff at Portumna base. Helpful and knowledgeable staff
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Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review of your Le Boat experience. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are delighted to hear you received faultless and helpful service from the staff at Portumna. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Portumna - Portumna
Shannon Star
Added on 9 September 2022

A customer said

Brilliant customer service Boat v clean and beautifully presented couldn't ask for more Wonderful towns and villages and endless supply of pubs restaraunts and historical sites to explore
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Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review of your recent boating holiday in Ireland. Your feedback is valuable to us - we pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are therefore delighted to hear you received just that. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Portumna - Portumna
Shannon Star
Added on 2 September 2022

David Sinclair said

A very friendly service that got us onto the water safely and quickly. The boat was perfect for the needs of a small family.
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Hi David, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review of your Le Boat experience. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and we are delighted to hear that you received a friendly welcome from the team in Carrick-on-Shannon. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Carrick-on-Shannon - Carrick-on-Shannon
Caprice
Added on 31 August 2022

Alex Mcquaid said

It was smooth check in and check out. Staff were friendly. The boat was excellent and there was plenty of information to plan your trip. Great boat and views. There is is much to see and do along the way.
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Dear Alex, Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review of your recent boating holiday on the River Shannon. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we're so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. We pride ourselves in delivering excellent customer service therefore we are delighted to hear you received a warm welcome. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon. The Le Boat Team
Carrick-on-Shannon - Carrick-on-Shannon
Shannon Star
Added on 10 August 2022

Stuart Heaton said

Wonderful few days cruising the Shannon river. The whole holiday was a real success. We had 3 children with us, only to be attempted by those who are not of a nervous disposition. The reception at Carrick was great, we were a few minutes late but nothing was too much for the staff. Boat was well prepared and met our needs ideally. Good instructions given and simple to operate. Area is really great, we ate in Carrick first night, lovely town with an excellent boardwalk along the river. Navigation was simple with good map provided. Moored at Lough Key, excellent location for children.
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Dear Stuart, thank you for taking the time to provide us with a 5-star review on your recent boating holiday on the River Shannon in Ireland. We're so pleased you had a wonderful few days on the waters, and we can't wait to welcome you on board again soon. The Le Boat team.
Carrick-on-Shannon - Carrick-on-Shannon
Crusader
Added on 8 August 2022

Anne Goggin said

Clean boat, well designed, and easy to get started. We comfortably fitted 5 adults and 2 children into this boat, and there was plenty of living space both inside and up on deck.
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Dear Anne, thank you for taking the time to provide us with a 5-star review on your recent boating holiday on the River Shannon in Ireland. We're so pleased you had a great time and found your boat easy to get started, well-designed and clean. We can't wait to welcome you on board again soon. The Emerald Star / Le Boat team.
Carrick-on-Shannon - Carrick-on-Shannon
Classique
Added on 5 August 2022

A customer said

Everything went great. We would definitely use them again. Excellent location and port. Gateway to a wonderful lake.
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Good Afternoon, Thank you very much for your five-star review of your boating holiday on the River Shannon! We are glad to hear you had a great trip and that you would book with us again. We look forward to welcoming you back on board in the future! Best Wishes, Le Boat Team
Portumna - Portumna
Vision 3