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Boating Holidays on Lough Erne and the Shannon-Erne Waterway

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The River Shannon and the Erne are connected by the restored Shannon-Erne waterway. The 63km long canal has 16 locks, electronically operated by "smart card", built and faced with the original hand cut stone.

The waterway leaves the River Shannon at Leitrim village, just upstream of Carrick on Shannon. It has opened up to boaters an undiscovered region of great natural beauty with a wide variety of cruising waters, scenery, wildlife and activity.

From our Penichette and Narrowboat bases at Ballinamore you head north on the Shannon-Erne Waterway through Ballyconnell to reach the Erne, the second great Irish river system.

Upper Lough Erne is filled with hundreds of islands amidst lush green rolling meadowlands. Our Belturbet cruiser base is at the southern end of Upper Lough Erne. This is a land of lakes - paradise for birdspotters, botanists and fisherman.

Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen, lying midway between Lower and Upper Lough Erne, is a picturesque market town and fascinating heritage centre. This busy town has a castle, a museum, and a wealth of shops, pubs, and restaurants.

Cliffs of Magho and Lower Lough Erne

Lower Lough Erne, the most northerly of the two loughs stretches from Enniskillen to Belleek. This great expanse of open water is fringed by spectacular cliffs rising to 900 feet that then lead on to uninterrupted open moorland. The attractive White Island is worth a visit.

Our cruiser base at Tully Bay on Lower Lough Erne is ideal for exploring the Erne lakes and waterways.

Lough Erne

The Ballinamore to Belleek route is a comfortable week's cruise, as is Tully Bay or Belturbet through the Shannon-Erne waterway to Carrick-on-Shannon (small additional charge for one-way hire). Narrowboats are not able to cruise above Enniskillen or below Carrick.

Upper and Lower Lough Erne are waters particularly prized by fishermen - a fishing licence is required.

Use our LIVE availability search to find your ideal boat from our boat bases in Ireland. You can search by Cruiser Boat or Penichette Boat, then you can add suitable boats to your Shortlist. View your Shortlist to finalise your choices then contact us for independent advice and to book.

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