From Carrick-on-Shannon

Boat hire on the Shannon and Erne in Ireland

Departing from our base in Carrick-on-Shannon, you could either head south towards Athlone and Clonmacnoise or turn north to reach the Erne and explore its dazzling countryside.

Boat hire on Ireland’s Shannon and Erne in a few words…

Our new base at Carrick-on-Shannon is the ideal starting point for exploring the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. It’s a long way from any commercial traffic, navigable for 220 km, has only six locks, and has lakes that are sometimes real inland seas. You’ll be bowled over by the beauty of the landscapes bordering the river. As you cruise southward, you cross Lough Ree
to reach the lively town of Athlone, the Celtic site of Clonmacnoise and then Portumna, with its Renaissance castle. If you head northwards, you take the Upper Shannon towards Boyle, with
its delightful little 12th-century Cistercian abbey, before reaching Leitrim. Then you enter the Shannon-Erne Waterway which meets the Erne to the north, the other great Irish river. The canal, which is 63 km long, has been magnificently restored and takes you through a dreamlike landscape dotted with picturesque villages like Ballyconnel and Belturbet.

The port of Carrick in Ireland

The
highlights of Carrick-on-Shannon

  • Cross the border from Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland during your cruise!
  • Discover a true paradise for anglers

our routes departing from Carrick-on-Shannon

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

Complete Shannon tour

Waterway Shannon
Itinerary CarrickBoyle DromodRooskeyKillinureAthlone Clonmacnoise Garrykennedy KillaloePortumnaAthlone LecarrowCarrick

Waterway

Shannon

Itinerary

Carrick...Carrick
Duration of stay
2 weeks
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
180 km return trip
Number of locks
12
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Carrick

Boyle

Use your cruise on Lough Key to explore the ruins of “Macdermott’s Castle”, built on a small island right in the middle of the lough and only accessible by boat.

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Dromod

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Rooskey

Tie up your self-drive boat at Rooskey to enjoy a bit of fishing. You could find perch, roach and bream. If you feel like getting more active, there are plenty of footpaths that start from the village.

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Killinure

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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.

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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Banagher

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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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Garrykennedy

When you arrive at the southern point of Lough Derg, take the chance to moor your Pénichette at Garrykennedy. You’ll find a calm, relaxing marina and you can visit Larkins pub, famous for its food and music.

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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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Portumna

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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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Lecarrow

Tie up your Pénichette at Lecarrow to make use of the marina’s facilities, explore the ruined Rindown Castle or to enjoy a meal at the Yew Tree restaurant, recommended by many Ireland guides.

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Carrick

Authentic Ireland

Waterway Shannon, canal Shannon-Erne
Itinerary CarrickKeshcarriganBallinamore LeitrimLough Key Forest ParkBoyleCarrick

Waterway

Shannon, canal Shannon-Erne

Itinerary

Carrick...Carrick
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
3h45 / day
Distance traveled
208 km one way
Number of locks
22
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Carrick

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Keshcarrigan

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Ballinamore

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Leitrim

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Lough Key Forest Park

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Boyle

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Carrick

From Shannon to Erne

Waterway Shannon, Erne
Itinerary Carrick BallinamoreBelturbetEnniskillenDevenish IslandBellanaleckBallyconnellLeitrimCarrick

Waterway

Shannon, Erne

Itinerary

Carrick ...Carrick
Duration of stay
10 / 11 days
Navigation time
3h45 / day
Distance traveled
330 km return trip
Number of locks
32
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Carrick

village
Ballinamore

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Belturbet

Enniskillen

Explore the pretty town of Enniskillen on the banks of the Erne. Moor your self-drive boat here to visit the magnificent Enniskillen Castle or Castle Coole, which is just as interesting. Make sure you see Portora Royal School, alma mater of Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

Devenish Island

While taking your cruise on Lough Erne, visit Devenish Island, only accessible by boat. It has ruins and a 12th century watchtower that the priests once used to look out for strangers arriving on their lands.

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Bellanaleck

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Ballyconnell

Definitely stop your Pénichette here if you’re looking for a bit of entertainment in the region. Just a few minutes’ walk from the marina you’ll find shops, restaurants, pubs and a night-club not far away. You can even get to a country club and play a round of golf if you feel like it.

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Leitrim

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Carrick

If you want to book this cruise
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our boats available

Departing from Carrick-on-Shannon, 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 Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrickcraft

The Marina St George’s Terrace, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co.
N41 XA00 – Leitrim
IRLANDE

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

+353 (0) 7196 20236

carrick@carrickcraft.com

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