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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.

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: From 9.00 to 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 - 17:30. 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

County Arms Hotel Birr Co. Offaly (21.8kms from base) – Tel. +353 579120791
Carlton Shearwater Hotel (35kms from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 90 9630400 http://www.
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

Ferry Inn Restaurant/ Bar- 8 minute walk from base (over Bridge)
O’Meara’s Restaurant/Bar – 10 minute walk into Town - 0909741143
Le Bouchon Restaurant- 10 minutes into town - 0909742333
Beehive Restaurant- 10 minutes into town
Roma takeaway- 10 mintues 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 - 0909759568

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The closest supermarket is a 10 minute walk from the base and opens from 9:00 to 21:00 everyday.


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


A fishing licence is required and this can be purchased on arrival at the base from the reception. Cost is approximately €7 for 1 week.

Transport Information


Galway Airport: 62km (1 hour)
Shannon Airport: 94km (1.20 hours)
Dublin Airport: 162km (approx. 2.30 hours)
Knock Airport: 119km (2.30 hours)
Cork Airport: 178km (2.15 hours)

By Road:

From Dublin airport: Follow signs for Dublin city Centre and take the exit for M50 southbound. This is a toll road (cars cost €1.30). Take the N7 for Naas and on to Kildare town. Take the R420 to Tullamore. Take the N52 to Birr. Then take the R489 to Portumna. Road Distance approximately 110 miles (170 Kms) 3 hours.

From Shannon Airport: Take the N18 to Limerick. Take the N7 to Nenagh. Take the N52 to Borrisokane and the N65 to Portumna. Road Distance approximately 50 miles (70kms) 1 1/2 hours.

From Dun Laoghaire and North Wall Ferry Ports - Dublin: Follow signs for M50 Southbound. Take the N7 for Naas and on to Kildare town. Take the R420 to Tullamore. Then take the N52 to Birr. Take the R489 to Portumna. Road Distance approximately 110 miles (3 hours).

From Rosslare Port: Take the N25 to New Ross. Take the N10 to Kilkenny. Take the main road to Roscrea. Take the N62 to Birr and then the R489 to Portumna. Road Distance approximately 110 miles (190 kms) 4 hours.

By Rail:

Ballinasloe - 32km