Travel the lower Shannon from our departure base of Banagher and find Clonmacnoise or Portumna very close to you.

Clonmacnoise and the lower Shannon

Our base at Banagher in County Offaly is ideally placed to explore this Lower Shannon area during your boating holidays in Ireland, including Lough Derg, the largest lake on the Irish waterway system. Lough Derg is famous for the idyllic little towns and villages that fringe its shores with small harbours with plenty of moorings. This is the place to go to “get away from it all” and to experience the peacefulness, the beautiful dramatic scenery and really good cruising waters. From Banagher, you can easily reach the celtic site Clonmacnoise as well as Portumna with its Renaissance castle.

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The
highlights of Banagher

  • Easy access to the lower Shannon
  • Close to iconic sites such as Clonmacnoise

our routes departing from Banagher

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

Relaxing Ireland

Waterway Shannon
Itinerary BanagherClonmacnoiseAthloneHodson BayKillinureShannonbridgeBanagher

Waterway

Shannon

Itinerary

Banagher...Banagher
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
2h40 / day
Distance traveled
112km
Number of locks
2
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Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise Monastery is over 1500 years old and is one of Ireland’s most important historic sites. You can tie up your license-free boat at a small pontoon and stroll among Celtic crosses while learning about Ireland’s history.

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Athlone

Athlone is the biggest town you'll see on your self-drive boat holiday. Make sure you visit the castle or spend an evening in one of the three theatres. And you should definitely stop by Sean's bar, Ireland’s oldest pub.

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Hodson Bay

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Killinure

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Shannonbridge

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The Lough Derg tour

Waterway Shannon
Itinerary BanagherTerryglassKillaloeMountshannonClonmacnoiseBanagher

Waterway

Shannon

Itinerary

Banagher...Banagher
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
165km
Number of locks
2
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village
Terryglass

You’ll love this marina, located at the entrance to Lough Derg: it's calm and peaceful when the lake allows. In the small village, you’ll find a picturesque, lively pub and a small shop where you can restock your self-drive boat.

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Killaloe

Killaloe is in the east of County Clare, on the shores of Lough Derg, and is a great little place to stop during your boating holidays in Ireland. It is famous as the birthplace of King Brian Boru. The village is also known for its footpaths and historic ruins.

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Mountshannon

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise Monastery is over 1500 years old and is one of Ireland’s most important historic sites. You can tie up your license-free boat at a small pontoon and stroll among Celtic crosses while learning about Ireland’s history.

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Shannon Getaway

Waterway Shannon
Itinerary BanagherClonmacnoiseAthloneLanesboroughDromodLough Key Forest Park Carrick-on-ShannonTarmonbarryAthloneShannonbridge Portumna DromineerTerryglassBanagher

Waterway

Shannon

Itinerary

Banagher...Banagher
Duration of stay
2 weeks
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
375km Round-trip
Number of locks
12
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Clonmacnoise

The Monastery of Clonmacnoise is over 1500 years old. This place is one of the main historic places in Ireland. Park your houseboat at a small pontoon and take a walk among Celtic crosses as you get to know Ireland's history better.

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Athlone

Athlone is the largest city on your houseboat trip. Do not miss to visit Athlone Castle or spend an evening in one of the three theaters. Must see is also Sean's Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland

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Lanesborough

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Dromod

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Lough Key Forest Park

A very nice stopover for the whole family and peace seekers. An enchanted park invites you for long walks. There is also a treetop path, adventure playground, bike paths and a beautiful dock for overnight stays.

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Carrick-on-Shannon

A small town with charm. The city partly has buildings from the 15th century. In the city center there is not only worth seeing the "smallest church in Ireland" but also a historic bell tower. The streets in the city center offer good pubs and restaurants as well as many shops.

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Tarmonbarry

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Athlone

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Shannonbridge

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Portumna

One of the most beautiful cities in County Galway. Definitely worth a longer stay to get to know all the sights. Among them the Portumna Castle from the beginning of the 17th century. Next to the castle there is an interesting kitchen garden and a tea house. Take also a long walk on the shores of Lough Derg Forest Park.

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Dromineer

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Terryglass

Coming from the north, this little quiet (if the lake will) harbor will charm you at the entrance to Lough Derg. In the small village you will find a picturesque, lively pub and a small grocery store.

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IF YOU WANT TO BOOK THIS CRUISE
BROWSE ONLINE THE AVAILABILITIES

our boats available

Departing from our Banagher base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Banagher

Carrickcraft

The Marina, Curraghavarna,
Banagher, Co. Offaly, R42 DH51
IRLANDE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+353 (0) 1278 1666

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