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Canal Boat Hire in Ireland

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 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 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, andtuition is given at the starting base.

Sleeping Cabins

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.

Click on the Boat Name below for full details of the boat.

Ireland Wide Beam Narrowboat Hire Charges

Narrowboats (Ballinamore, Shannon-Erne Waterway)

Boat/Start Date

23 Jan - 5 Mar,
1 Oct - 23 Jan

5 Mar - 16 Apr,
10 Sep - 1 Oct

16 Apr - 11 Jun,
20 Aug - 10 Sep

11 Jun - 20 Aug

Wide Beam Narrowboats






Dutch Barge






Legend Class






Folk Class






Customer Reviews

We travelled north from Ballinamore to Enniskillen. This was a lovely route without too many locks. Overall, an excellent experience and we thoroughly enjoyed the Penichette, a very comfortable, well designed and well equipped boat. Your staff provided a friendly, helpful service whenever we phoned.  We also liked the virtual tour of the boats on the website.  The Navigation Guide was excellent and absolutely worth the money, and the Captain's Handbook was most informative and amusing as well. JN – Ballinamore out and back in Ireland
A very successful holiday, with two American friends who flew in to Shannon. Brilliant pubs along the way, very friendly locals, rubbish weather (it was Ireland!) and great service at the base. JB – Ballinamore and back in Ireland
We had a great time, helped of course by wonderful weather - absolutely excellent all round! We went north from Ballinamore up to Enniskillen. The locks were easy to use and the lakes very peaceful and uncrowded. All the stop overs were clean and easy to find mooring. Everyone was friendly and helpful so overall a lovely holiday. AC - Ballinamore and back in Ireland
Route south from Ballinamore. Pleasant route with places to stop off and eat etc. Locks were no problem - in fact they teach you very quickly to handle the boat and moor. JR – Ballinamore and back in Ireland

Legend Class

45 ft x 10 ft

Sleeps 4 - 8

Wide Beam Boat

This wide beam boat provides two cabins, one with fixed double berth, another with two single berths, and a saloon with convertible double. A seventh berth is available in the central cabin.

Features include gas fired radiator central heating system, bathroom with bath shower, flush toilet with modern sewage disposal, smart modern galley area, wood burning stove and radio/cassette player.


Legend Deck Plan

Folk Class

38 ft x 10 ft

Sleeps 2-4

Features include gas fired radiator central heating system, bathroom with bath shower, flush toilet with modern sewage disposal, smart modern galley area, wood burning stove and radio/cassette player.


Folk Deck Plan


Sleeps 4

Dutch Barge

A luxury, well appointed, Dutch Style barge for all weather cruising. The wide beam give plenty of living space and makes for ease of handling.

One double bedroom, complete with ensuite shower, wash basin and toilet and one twin room with the same. Ample wardrode and drawer space, modern galley with 4 ring coker, refrigerator with ice box. Dining area with free standing dining table and seating for four. Lounge area is spacious with 2 settees, bookcase, wood-burning stove and T.V. area.

Gas fired central heating with radio.

240v outlet for mobile phone charger.


Dutch Barge Deck Plan
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