The town of Carrick-on-Shannon in the county of Leitrim is justly considered to be the center of cruising in Ireland. This ideal location is where Carrickcraft established it's first Marina back in 1970.
The marina at Carrick-on-Shannon was the first marina opened by Carrickcraft over 35 years ago. The town has changed, but move a mile up or down river and it could be the same place as 1974. The north Shannon is probably the most lively section of the river. There are plenty of small villages along the way with good moorings and facilities.
North takes you to Lough Key, one of the most scenic areas of the Shannon reached via a meandering river and one (manned) lock. Visit Rockingham Forest Park and climb the tower for spectacular views of the lake. Head up to Boyle with its pubs and restaurants for the evening.
An alternative northwards journey takes you to Lough Allen along a narrow canal and through Drumshanbo. (Please note that our larger boats will not be able to traverse the Lough Allen Canal - ask for details). Or head up to Lough Erne through Leitrim and the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
If you travel south from Carrick you will go through the JamestownCanal, built to bypass Jamestown and Drumsna. Travel through the Albert Lock and into Lough Boderg where you can choose to continue down the Shannon or head off into the Inner Lakes - remote even by our standards.
Further south is the little village of Dromod or you can continue to Rooskey - another lock! But don't worry, all the Shannon locks are operated by a lock-keeper and easy to use.
Lanesborough is your next port of call, the entrance to Lough Ree, one of the two large lakes on the Shannon. You can head into Portrunny with a new, larger harbour, or head south towards Glassan with its fabulous lakeside golf course. Or tie up at the award-winning Wineport Restaurant for a gourmet delight. Straight across the lake is Hodson Bay with a modern hotel and facilities and home to Athlone Golf Course - see later for information on golf.
The southerly part of this section is at Athlone, the largest city on the River Shannon with shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs, cinema, sports facilities and more. For lots more information on Carrick-on-Shannon, visit mycarrick.ie.
Distances from Ireland's main Airports and Ferryports to Carrick-on-Shannon:
Our Price Promise: We can't promise to match any price on the Shannon - our boats aren't the same and comparison is impossible. But we do promise to give you a first class service before and during your holiday. We will give you top-rate instruction, both online before you arrive and then on your boat. We will respond to any problem quickly and efficiently and we will do everything we can to enhance your enjoyment.