About Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon has a thriving night scene – especially at weekends. It is an excellent start for those wanting to experience the iconic Lough Key (2.5hrs away), with its castle and amazing forest activity park – great for children. It is also gateway to the Shannon-Erne waterway for those wanting a more traditional ‘canal and lock’ experience. Heading south you’re 10-12 hrs from Athlone and the Celtic burial site of Clonmacnoise.

From Carrick-on-Shannon it is:

  • 19hrs (5 locks) to our base in Portumna

What you get on the base






Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical Extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs


Fun Extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Angling dinghy and outboard

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


The Landmark Hotel, Tel. +353 (0) 719 622 222

The Bush Hotel – Tel. +353 (0) 719 671 000

Hollywell Country House, Tel, +353 (0) 719 621 124


Chungs – Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 888

The Oarsman Bar – Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 733

The Bushhotel – Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 014

Kens – Boyle Road – Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 500

Shamrat (Indian) – Tel. +353 (0) 719 650 934

Cyrans Riverside Inn – Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 409

Viktoria Hall – Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 320


Gift and souvenir shops

The Sweater Store, Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 801

Mulvey’s Gift Shop, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 134

Keaney’s Gift Shop, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 084



Tesco Superstore

SuperValu Glancy's


No Licence is required on the Shannon. License only required for fishing on rivers that flow into the Shannon. You can get it along the way. Bring your own fishing equipment as it is not available to hire at the base. It is possible to buy equipment from the following shops: Tooman Angling and Leisure Ltd, Bridge Street: Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 872 which is situated 15 meters from the Shannon, it also provides outdoor clothing and bait etc.

Market Days


Medical Facilities


Medical Centre, Main Street, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 091

Dr Peter Doyle, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 700



Cox’s, Bridge Street, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 158

(Emergency service after closing call, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 167)



Noel Sweeney, Dublin Road, Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 055

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 6pm


Emerald Star
The Marina
Carrick-on-Shannon, N41 RD29
Co Leitrim


+353 (0) 719 627 621

Travel to Carrick-on-Shannon

If you are arriving by plane or train, we can arrange for a standard transfer for you and from the base at negotiated prices. 

On Wednesday and Saturdays, the price per person applies, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays the minimum price per transfer is 175 € up to 5 persons. From 6 persons 35 € each.


Approx prices (5 persons) from: 


  • Dublin airport (DUB) 175€

Individual transfers outside these routes/times can be requested with the Sales Team.

In both cases, please contact the Sales Team via Email ([email protected]) at least two weeks prior to your holiday. Payable ahead to your Sales Contact Person.


To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.


Michael Glancy (Tel – +353 (0) 87 859 70 93)

Carrick Taxi (Tel – +353 (0) 86 823 24 24)

Eddie’s Taxi (Tel – +353 (0) 87 281 61 16)

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Car transfers are bookable in advance via our sales team. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. For hire cars, you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional "unnamed" driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Please contact the sales team for prices.

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas



 Secure & garage parking available (fees apply)

By Train

Closest train station(s):

Carrick on Shannon: 2.5 km

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Dublin: 158 km
  • Knock: 74 km
  • Belfast: 190 km

Airport Transfers

In Ireland we can arrange airport transfers for you. Standard transfers are €35 per person and run from Dublin airport to Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturdays and Wednesdays (and any other day except Sunday – although a minimum 5 person charge applies on these other days) and from Dublin or Shannon airport to Portumna on Saturdays only. Outside of these time, a private transfer can be arranged, although different rates will apply.


Inward standard transfers are arranged to coincide with arrivals between 09.00 – 18.00. Any time outside of these times will be charged at a private rate.


On arrival at Dublin airport, if landing at Terminal 1, you will find your transport driver waiting in front of the coffee shop, and if landing at Terminal 2, you will find your driver waiting in front of the book shop. If you are travelling to Carrick-on-Shannon your driver will be from Martin Coaches and have a sign with 'Shannon - Erne - Waterways', if you are travelling to Portumna your driver will be from Kearns Transport and have a sign with 'Emerald Star or Le Boat'.


Return transfer time is before 10 am from either base. If you require a later pick up time, a private transfer rate will apply. If you have an early morning flight, you will be picked up 5 hrs prior to your flight’s departure time. (E.g. Flight time: 8am - you will be picked up from the base at 3 am. Please note this is a standard transfer rate).


Please contact our Boating Experts to book your transfer.

Arrival at Carrick-on-Shannon

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our UK/IRE sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your holiday as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info