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    It was a most relaxing holiday-a little hidden paradise and only an hour's drive from home! I could have stayed another week and am already looking...

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    As our first time we would definitely sail again perhaps slightly bigger boat. Wonderful relaxing experience. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.

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Carrick On Shannon

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.







Cruising the Upper Shannon

The marina at Carrick-on-Shannon was the first marina opened by Carrickcraft 40 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 Kilglass 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


Contact details for this marina:

The Marina
Co. Leitrim

Tel +353 (0) 7196 20236
Fax +353 (0) 7196 21336

For booking enquiries, please Telephone
Dublin (01) 278 1666 from Ireland
or +44 28 3834 4993 from elsewhere.

Distances from Ireland's main Airports and Ferryports to Carrick-on-Shannon:

Belfast Airport 198 km
Larne Ferryport 281 km
Dublin Airport 144 km
Dublin Ferryport 175 km
Rosslare Ferryport 283 km
Cork Ferryport 294 km
Shannon Airport 196 km
Knock Airport 56 km
Carrick-On-Shannon Map

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