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Cruise Ireland - boating holidays routes and map

Ireland Boating Holidays Map

We offer a wide range of holiday boating in Ireland. Choose from cruiser type boats, Penichette boats, or wide-beam narrowboats.

The map opposite shows the bases where Boating Holidays offers boats in Ireland.

For information about boating in Ireland go to:

Ireland Boating Holidays

River Shannon Cruising Guide

River Erne Cruising Guide

Ireland Narrowboat Holidays

Below are all the routes suggested for cruiser boat and Penichette boat holidays in Ireland. You can follow each route on an interactive Google Map and zoom for more detail.

Short Break Cruise Routes

Carrick-on-Shannon - Lanesborough - Carrick-on-Shannon
3 - 4 Days • 104km • 6 Locks • 10hrs

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 toward Lanesborough at the head of Lough Ree. A boat hire in Ireland immerses you in the Irish way of life, slow and easy as you cycle the towpaths or play a round of golf.

Belturbet - Enniskillen - Belturbet
3 - 4 Days • 70km • 0 Locks • 9hrs

You came for the world-famous Irish scenery you knew you’d find on Lakelands Short Break boat holidays in Ireland, a departure from the harried to 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?

Belturbet - Ballinamore - Belturbet
3 - 4 Days • 62km • 12 Locks • 12hrs

Portumna - Killaloe - Portumna
3 - 4 Days • 106km • 0 Locks • 12hrs

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 hire in Ireland southbound on 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!

One Way Cruiser Boat Routes

Belturbet - Carrick-on-Shannon (or vice versa)
1 Week • 75km • 16 Locks • 16hrs
View Belturbet - Carrick-on-Shannon one-way boating route in Google Maps

You head out on your barge holiday 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.

Carrick-on-Shannon - Portumna (or vice versa)
1 Week • 160km • 5 Locks • 2 Lift Bridges • 20hrs
View Carrick-on-Shannon - Portumna one-way boating route

You pull up to the ancient monastic site at Clonmacnoise, truly an impressive remnant of the Shannon’s storied past and a highlight of barge holidays in Ireland. The stones seem to speak to you, sending a message through time. From your sundeck, you admire Birr Castle Demesne, and you cruise into Lough Derg and stop for a picnic at Portumna Forest Park.

Portumna - Belturbet (or vice versa)
2 Weeks • 235km • 21 Locks • 2 Lift Bridges • 30hrs
View Portumna - Belturbet one-way boating route in Google Maps

Return Trip Cruiser Boat Routes

Carrick-on-Shannon - Shannonbridge - Carrick-on-Shannon
1 Week • 200km • 8 Locks • 4 Lift Bridges • 32hrs
View Carrick-on-Shannon - Shannonbridge out and back boating route in Google Maps

Portumna - Killaloe - Portumna
1 Week • 128km • 0 Locks • 12hrs
View Portumna - Killaloe out and back boating route in Google Maps

Carrick-on-Shannon - Athlone (or vice versa)
1 Week • 200km • 8 Locks • 4 Lift Bridges • 32hrs

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 holidays 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!

Belturbet - Belleek (or vice versa)
1 Week • 200km • 0 Locks • 22hrs

Return Trip Penichette Boat Routes

Ballinamore - Ballyconnell - Belturbet - Crom Castel - Enniskillen - Tully Castle - White Island
1 Week • 221km • 10 Locks • 4 hr 45 / day
View Ballinamore - White Island out and back boating route in Google Maps

Ballinamore - Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon - Dromod - Kilglass - Grange - Lough Key - Boyle
1 Week • 151km • 26 Locks • 4 hr 00 / day
View Ballinamore - Boyle out and back boating route in Google Maps

Ballinamore - Ballyconnell - Belturbet - Crom Castle - Enniskillen - Beleek - Kesh - Ballinamore
10/11 days • 272km • 10 Locks • 4 hr 00 / day

Ballinamore - Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon - Dromod - Lanesborough - Kilglass - Grange - Lough Key - Boyle
10/11 days • 220km • 30 Locks • 4 hr 00 / day

Ballinamore - Ballyconnell - Belturbet - South of the Lower Lough Erne - Ballinamore - Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon - Dromod - Lough Key - Boyle
2 Weeks • 372km • 36 Locks • 4 hr 00 / day
View Ballinamore - Boyle out and back boating route in Google Maps

Ballinamore - Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon - Lough Key - Boyle - Dromod - Lanesborough - Athlone - Clonmacnoise - Shannon Bridge - Banagher - Ballinamore
2 Weeks • 360km • 38 Locks • 4 hr / day
View Ballinamore - Lough Allen out and back boating route in Google Maps

Ballinamore - Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon - Boyle - Dromod - Lanesborough - Athlone - Banagher - Portumna - Lough Derg - Killaloe - Ballina - Lough Key - Boyle - Lough Allen - Ballinamore
3 Weeks • 632km • 42 Locks • 4 hr / day