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Ireland boating holidays

Boating in Ireland is a unique experience as you cruise through lush green countryside along the majestic River Shannon, the Shannon-Erne waterway canal, or the scenic cliffs of Lower Lough Erne on the River Erne.

Between Belleek at the northern end of Lough Erne to Killaloe at the southern end of the River Shannon there are 300 miles of rivers and lakes to explore on your Ireland boating holiday. We offer a superb range of cruiser boats, Penichette boats and canal narrowboats on the Irish rivers and canals.

On an Irish boating holiday you can experience the legendary Irish hospitality and enjoy the 'craich' in the local hostelries - some reputed never to close during the summer months!

You are free to stop where the mood takes you, to walk, sightsee or bicycle ride. Perhaps enjoy a round on some 300 of the world's finest golf courses. Maybe try fishing on the superb waters of Upper and Lower Lough Erne - we can usually supply fishing dinghies with boats, perhaps fishing equipment as well.

In Ireland, a friendly welcome at all times more than compensates for the climate which makes Ireland such a green country!

Cruiser Boat Bases

We offer boats from 5 cruiser boat bases in Ireland:
Upper Shannon River: Carrick on Shannon
Lower Shannon River: Banagher and Portumna
Erne Waterway: Belturbet and Tully Bay

Different types of boat are available from the various bases. Check out the types offered in our Cruiser Boat Holidays guide.

Boat hire is normally on an out-and-back basis. In addition we offer one-way trips between Carrick and Portumna, Carrick and Banagher, Carrick and Tully Bay, Carrick and Belturbet. Your car is normally transferred to the return base at a small supplementary charge. Tariffs are normally on a weekly basis with longer cruises of 10/11 days or 2/3 weeks also available. Short breaks may sometimes be possible. Use our Boat Holiday Search to find the boats available from your preferred base.

Penichette Boat Base

Our base at Ballinamore is on the Shannon-Erne waterway connecting the River Shannon and the Erne. It is convenient for trips south down the River Shannon or north to the Loughs and mountains of the Erne waterway system.

Canal Narrowboat Base

Our narrowboat base just outside Ballinamore is centrally located on the recently opened canal connecting the River Shannon to Lough Erne. The canal has electric locks controlled by a pre-paid card. Narrowboats are not able to cruise above Enniskillen or below Carrick.

Contact us for availability of canal narrowboats

For all boating holidays in Ireland let us know your requirements and preferences and we'll advise and do the rest!

Read a customer's Diary of a week's cruise on the River Shannon