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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

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 and Restaurants


County Arms Hotel Birr Co. Offaly (21.8kms from base) – Tel: +353 (0) 579 120 791
Carlton Shearwater Hotel (35kms from base) – Tel: +353 (0) 909 630 400
Lough Rea Hotel and Spa (35kms from base) – Tel: +353 (0) 918 800 88
Abbey Court Hotel & Spa (30kms from base) – Tel: +353 (0) 67 41111


The Dreg Inn - Tel: +353 (0) 672 203 7
Mc Namaras - Tel: +353 (0) 619 210 20
Le Chateau - Tel: +353 (0) 902 945 17
Coffey's Bar and Food Store - Tel: +353 (0) 903 611 18
Modena Restaurant - Tel: +353 (0) 909 759 568

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Extra Information


O’Meara’s Supervalu - Centre of Town - Tel: +353 (0) 909 741 578.

Local Market

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


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


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 Visitor Information Point,
Irish Workhouse Centre,
St. Brigid’s Road,

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

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