Boating Holidays from Blue Water Holidays

Carrick Base Information

Carrick on Shannon, a lively town with a population of around 2,500. It is the largest cruising centre in Ireland. Historically, it has been one of the main crossing points on the beautiful Shannon River.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night, but cruising will not be permitted. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 15:00 - 17:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00.

Upon Arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Give you a welcome booklet which contains important safety advice and contact numbers.
  • Ask you to sign documentation to show that certain information has been read and unserstood.
  • Take a Damage Deposit and Engine Hours Deposit.
  • Let you know what time to expect your pre-departure briefing.

Hotels & Restaurants


The Landmark Hotel - Tel: +353 (0) 719 622 222
The Bush Hotel - Tel: +353 (0) 671 000
Hollywell Country House - Tel: +353 (0) 719 621 124


Chungs – Tel: +353 (0) 719 621 888
The Oarsman Bar – Tel: +353 (0) 719 621 733
The Bushhotel – Tel: +353 (0) 719 620 014
Kens – Boyle Road – Tel: +353 (0) 719 621 500
Shamrat (Indian) – Tel: +353 (0) 719 650 934
Cyrans Riverside Inn – Tel: +353 (0) 719 620 409
Viktoria Hall – Tel: +353 (0) 719 620 320




Gift and souvenir shops
The Sweater Store - Tel: +353 (0) 719 621 801
Mulvey’s Gift Shop - Tel: +353 (0) 719 620 134
Keaney’s Gift Shop - Tel: +353 (0) 719 620 084

Tesco Superstore
SuperValu Glancy's

Market Days

Every Thursday

Tourist Info


No Licence is required on the Shannon. License only required for fishing on rivers that flow into the Shannon. You can get it along the way.

Bring your own fishing equipment as it is not available to hire at the base. It is possible to buy equipment from the following shops: Tooman Angling and Leisure Ltd, Bridge Street: Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 872 which is situated 15 meters from the Shannon, it also provides outdoor clothing and bait etc.


Secure parking available on site (fees apply)

Unsecured parking available close by

Transport Information

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you'll need, please visit

By Air

Closest airports:
Dublin - 99 miles / 158km
Knock - 47 miles / 74km
Belfast - 119 miles / 190km

By Train

Closest train stations:
Carrick on Shannon - 1.5 miles / 2.5km