In Ireland we offer Wide Beam narrowboats, which at 10 feet wide provide more space for living and relaxing than the normal 7 foot wide narrowboat. All except the 'Dutch Folk Barge' are steered by a tiller at the rear or stern and have a spacious rear deck with seating, edged with a guard rail, making access on and off the boat easier. The Dutch Folk Barge has enclosed steering in the form of a wheelhouse. All our boats have reliable, smooth running diesel engines.
Canal boat holidays are offered from Ballinamore on the Shannon-Erne waterway where there is access to the upper River Shannon and the Erne loughs. No licence is required to hire one of these boats, and tuition is given at the starting base.
In most canal boats the dining area seating is converted to a double bed at night. The number of berths in each boat depends upon whether you wish to use only the fixed berths. A boat described as 4+2 berth has 4 fixed berths (which can be left made up during the day) and 2 convertible berths.
If in doubt, always go for more space, rather than less. To get more space for 4 people, choose a boat with only fixed berths, or choose a 6-berth and leave the convertible saloon berths free.
The equipment provided varies between boats, but there are all the comforts of home, including:
- Comfortable beds or bunks with foam or interior sprung mattresses.
- Galley (kitchen) equipped with cooker, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pans/
- Shower and flushing toilets, Hot and cold running water, Central heating, with solid fuel stove on some boats.
Narrowboats are not licensed to cruise above Enniskillen or below Carrick on Shannon.
Ireland Narrowboats Fleet and Weekly Hire Charges
Prices are shown in Pounds. Fuel is charged according to use or by hour, and a refundable security deposit or non-refundable damage waiver is payable.
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