Spectacular scenery. 5,000 years of history. Friendly people.

There is no better way to experience Ireland's rich culture than on a self-drive boating holiday on the River Shannon and Lough Erne. No experience is necessary as full training will be given on arrival. Booking now open for 2018.

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The Shannon and Erne are spectacular unspoilt cruising grounds running through the middle of Ireland. With three marinas we can offer the widest choice of routes, including one-way trips.

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We have fourteen types of boat in our fleet in Ireland. The smallest sleeps two people and the largest sleeps ten. Our most popular size is a four-berth boat, ideal for a small family or two couples.

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A boating holiday is as much about what you do when you are off the boat as what you do when you are on the boat. Look through our Activities section to see what you can do when you go ashore.

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Guide To Boating

In Ireland and Northern Ireland there is no licence requirement for cruising, and anyone 21 years or over can hire a cruiser. The rivers and lakes of the Shannon and Erne are a wonderful area for quiet relaxation.


Try it at least once

This is my second time using Carrickcraft the first being 7 years ago. I had forgotten how brilliant this holiday is and fully intend to do it again... read more

Thomas Kearney

9 September 2017

Best holiday ever

Best holiday. Recommend it to everyone.  read more

Nicholas Eustace

17 August 2017

Simply Amazing

Had a fantastic holiday, would find it very hard to get on a plane again after out experience on the boat , can't wait till 2018 ,we're planning... read more

Donal O'Neill

11 August 2017