Boating in Ireland is a unique experience as you cruise through lush green countryside along the majestic River Shannon, the Shannon-Erne waterway canal, or the scenic cliffs of Lower Lough Erne on the River Erne.
Between Belleek at the northern end of Lough Erne to Killaloe at the southern end of the River Shannon there are 300 miles of rivers and lakes to explore on your Ireland boating holiday. We offer a superb range of cruiser boats and Penichette boats on the Irish rivers and canals.
On an Irish boating holiday you can experience the legendary Irish hospitality and enjoy the 'craich' in the local hostelries - some reputed never to close during the summer months!
You are free to stop where the mood takes you, to walk, sightsee or bicycle ride. Perhaps enjoy a round on some 300 of the world's finest golf courses. Maybe try fishing on the superb waters of Upper and Lower Lough Erne - we can usually supply fishing dinghies with boats, perhaps fishing equipment as well.
In Ireland, a friendly welcome at all times more than compensates for the climate which makes Ireland such a green country!
Boat Hire Bases
We offer boats from 4 boat bases in Ireland:
Upper Shannon River: Carrick on Shannon
Lower Shannon River:Portumna and Banagher
Different types of boat are available from the various bases. Check out the types offered in our Choosing your Boat guide.
Boat hire is normally on an out-and-back basis. In addition we offer one-way trips between Carrick and Portumna. Your car is normally transferred to the return base at a small supplementary charge. Tariffs are normally on a weekly basis with longer cruises of 10/11 days or 2/3 weeks also available. Short breaks may sometimes be possible. Use our Boat Holiday Search to find the boats available from your preferred base.
Penichette Boat Base
Please Note: from 2020 the Penichette boat base will be moving to Banagher - the ideal base to explore the lower Shannon and Lough Derg, the largest lake on the waterway system.
For all boating holidays in Ireland let us know your requirements and preferences and we'll advise and do the rest!
Read a customer's Diary of a week's cruise on the River Shannon