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Portumna Base Information

Portumna, situated at the northern end of Lough Derg, where visiting boats can drop anchor and moor in safety at the marina in Portumna Bay. It is also a cruiser base and the town itself is just a few minutes walk away. There are many points of interest in the town that are well worth making a visit into town to see.


At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Mon-Sat: From 9.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 18.00.

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 with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. 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 ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

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 or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels

County Arms Hotel Birr Co. Offaly (21.8kms from base) – Tel. +353 579120791
Carlton Shearwater Hotel (35kms from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 90 9630400
Lough Rea Hotel and Spa (35kms from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 9 188 0088
Abbey Court Hotel & Spa (30kms from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 67 41111

Restaurants

Ferry Inn Restaurant/ Bar- 8 minute walk from base (over bridge)
O’Meara’s Restaurant/Bar – 10 minute walk into town +353 (0) 909 741 143
Le Bouchon Restaurant- 10 minutes into town-+353 (0) 909 742 333
Beehive Restaurant- 10 minutes into town Roma takeaway- 10 minutes into town
Bethlehem Pizza restaurant- 10 minutes into town (back street of Portumna)
Oriental City Chinese Restaurant- centre of town
Supermacs fast-food restaurant- centre of town
Modena Indian Italian and Irish food Restaurant - centre of town +353 (0) 909 759 568

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Extra Information

Shops

O’Meara’s Supervalu Large Shop - Centre of Town - Tel. +353 (0) 909741578.

Local Market

Friday Morning - Country Market in Town Hall- Home grown and baked produce
Saturday Morning (Small Market)

Parking

Paid private parking – not secure - is available at the base for 10€ per week/car.

Fishing

A fishing licence is not required if you plan to fish in the Shannon. However, a licence is required for fishing in the rivers that flow into the Shannon. This licence can be purchased along the way and the base staff gladly informs you where you can get it.

Tourist Info

Portumna & Area Tourist Office,
Irish Workhouse Centre,
St. Brigid’s Road,
Portumna.

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 https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe

Directions from Dublin Airport

Take Motorway M50. Exit at Athlone/ Galway. Motorway to Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe exit for Portumna. Directions from Shannon Airport: Take Motorway to Limerick City. Follow signs for Dublin. Exit at Nenagh for Borrisokane. Follow direct to Portumna.

Directions from Cork Airport

Take city bypass following signposts to Limerick. In Limerick take bypass of city following signs to Dublin/ Nenagh. In Nenagh take exit for Borrisokane and follow direct to Portumna.

Directions from Knock Airport

Follow signs to Claremorris, Claremorris to Tuam, Tuam to Claregalway, Turn left in Claregalway and go to oranmore, take left exit at first roundabout and first left at next roundabout following signs for Dublin/Loughrea. By pass Loughrea following signs for Ballinasloe/Dublin. Approx 3km from Loughrea turn right following signs for Killimor/Portumna. Enter Portumna.

Directions from Rosslare Port

Follow signs for Kilkenny City, From Kilkenny to Johnstown, Johnstown to Borris-in-ossery. From Borris-in-ossery to Roscrea, Roscrea to Birr and Birr to Portumna.

By Air

Closest airports:
Galway Airport: 62km
Shannon Airport: 94km
Dublin Airport: 162km
Knock Airport: 119km
Cork Airport: 178km

By Train

Closest train stations:
Nenagh: 30 km
Ballinasloe: 34 km