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.
To help you choose where to go see our Ireland boating holidays guides:
Ireland Boating Holidays on the River Shannon
Ireland Boating Holidays on the River Erne and Shannon-Erne Waterway
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!
Ireland Boat Bases
We offer boats from 4 boat bases in Ireland:
Upper Shannon River: Carrick on Shannon
Mid Shannon River: Athlone (new for 2015)
Lower Shannon River: Portumna
Shannon-Erne Waterway: Ballinamore
Different types of boat are available from the various bases - cruiser boats from Carrick on Shannon and Portumna, penichette boats from Athlone and narrowboats from Ballinamore.
Boat hire is normally on an out-and-back basis. In addition we offer one-way trips between Carrick and Portumna. 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.
Our narrowboat base just outside Ballinamore is centrally located on the re-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