Carrick-on-Shannon – Boyle – Dromod – Tarmonbarry – Killinure – Athlone – Banagher – Terryglass – Garrykennedy – Killaloe – Portumna – Athlone – Lanesborough – Carrick-on-Shannon
2 weeks - 52 hours - 415 km- 12 locks
Leaving Carrick, go north on to the Boyle River and head into Lough Key. One of the most scenic lakes, you should moor up at the Forest Park and try some of the great activities on offer. Stay here for lunch but then head over to Boyle for the evening. It’s only a short walk to the town.
Leave Boyle fairly early as you want to get to Dromod in good time to get in to the harbour for the night and eat in the village. A very short day takes you to Tarmonbarry with the famous Killeen’s Pub and Shop – it’s hard to know where one stops and the other starts!
Then crossing Lough Ree, spend the night at Killinure (steak at the Chalets) or at Ballykeeran (Award-winning cuisine at the Wineport). It’s always worth spending a night in Athlone as there is so much to see and places to eat.
Then passing through Banagher (again, please ask if you need fresh linen or towels) and through Portumna Bridge to Terryglass. Spend a leisurely day cruising Lough Derg and stay at Garrykennedy for the night. There are new pontoon moorings, but the old harbour is lovely.
From Garrykennedy, you will travel to the southernmost part of the navigation at Killaloe. Spend one night here and then turn round and come back all the way to Carrick, stopping for the night at Portumna, Athlone and Lanesborough.