Steer your own course
If you like the idea of setting your own course and choosing when and where to stop off and explore, then a cruising trip along the Shannon could be just the ticket. Start your riverside adventure in Banagher and cruise on one of the finest natural inland waterways in Europe as the unspoilt River Shannon meanders through beautiful countryside, past historic towns offering the best in Irish hospitality.
Decide whether to head north or south. If you choose a northerly direction, you’ll take in; Shannonbridge (great for angling by day, music and banter by night) and Clonmacnoise monastic site one of the most popular attractions in Ireland, let alone on the Shannon and explore the ruined churches, the cathedral and the round towers, then on to Athlone the largest town on the river. Or opt instead to steer southwards and you’ll encounter Portumna (check out the Forest Park and Portumna Castle), Terryglass (enjoy some great pub grub), eventually arriving at Killaloe, a picturesque town once home to Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.
Either direction, you’ll take in the picturesque towns and villages along the Shannon, maybe pausing along the way for a spot of fishing or bird-watching from a unique water-side perspective. From youngsters to teens; they’re sure to enjoy the novelty of boat-living and seeing the world from a completely different water-side perspective! And all from the comfort of your own fully kitted-out cruising boat.
Silver Line Cruisers
Its base at the marina in Banagher gives Silver Line Cruisers a central location between the two great lakes of the Shannon, Lough Ree and Lough Derg and only one mile from the Grand Canal. With a choice of 2-berth to 12-berth cruisers plus on-board tuition and navigation instruction provided on arrival, it won’t take long before you can set off on your nautical journey!
Step aboard your very own cruising boat and explore the mighty River Shannon at your own pace. Carrickcraft has an extensive fleet of cruisers from 2-berth to 10- berth, all with fully kitted-out galleys (that’s a boat-kitchen); perfect for cooking up the fish you caught that day! And with marina bases in both Banagher and Carrick-on-Shannon, you decide where to start your great river adventure.
The River Queen (One hour cruise)
Come aboard the 50-seater passenger boat The River Queen at Shannonbridge for a one-hour scenic cruise along the Shannon to visit the famous Clonmacnoise monastic site. The boat is enclosed with all-round visibility and live commentary provided by our informative captain! The cruise departs every Wednesday and Sunday during July & August, with alternative day trips arranged by request.