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Boating Holidays on Lough Erne and the Shannon-Erne Waterway

The River Shannon and the Erne are connected by the restored Shannon-Erne waterway. The 63km long canal has 16 locks, electronically operated by "smart card", built and faced with the original hand cut stone.

The waterway leaves the River Shannon at Leitrim village, just upstream of Carrick on Shannon. It has opened up to boaters an undiscovered region of great natural beauty with a wide variety of cruising waters, scenery, wildlife and activity.

From our Narrowboat base at Ballinamore you head north on the Shannon-Erne Waterway through Ballyconnell to reach the Erne, the second great Irish river system.

The Upper Lough Erne is filled with hundreds of islands amidst lush green rolling meadowlands. This is a land of lakes - paradise for birdspotters, botanists and fisherman.

Enniskillen, lying midway between Lower and Upper Lough Erne, is a picturesque market town and fascinating heritage centre. This busy town has a castle, a museum, and a wealth of shops, pubs, and restaurants.

Lower Lough Erne, the most northerly of the two loughs stretches from Enniskillen to Belleek. This great expanse of open water is fringed by spectacular cliffs rising to 900 feet that then lead on to uninterrupted open moorland.

Narrowboats are not able to cruise above Enniskillen or below Carrick on the River Shannon. We have access to other boats able to explore the Lower Erne lakes and waterways - please contact us for details.

Upper and Lower Lough Erne are waters particularly prized by fishermen - a fishing permit and rod licence is required in Northern Ireland only.

Area Highlights

Highlights of Ireland

  • Ruins of Clonmacnois
  • Portumna Castle
  • Golf at Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell
  • Belleek’s pottery
  • Cycle Kingfisher Trail
  • Horseback riding in Banagher
  • Shannon Harbour fishing
  • Carrick’s Dock Arts Centre
  • Swan Island Open Farm in Ballinamore
  • Mountshannon’s Holy Island.
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