Where should I go?
Ireland, located on the outer most fringes of Western Europe, is renowned for being one of Europe's premier destinations for inland cruising holidays. With lush green countryside, silvery rivers, rich heritage and a warm welcome, Ireland offers a unique experience, which is second to none. From Belleek at the northern tip of Lough Erne to Killaloe at the Southern end of the River Shannon, there are 300 miles of inter-connecting rivers and lakes. Navigation between the North and South of Ireland has been made possible by the re-opening of the Shannon-Erne Waterway linking two of Ireland's great rivers - The Shannon and The Erne. Carrickcraft is the only Cruiser company with Marinas on both the Shannon and Erne.
Click here for a Map of Ireland.
Deciding where to start your holiday is all part of the fun - do you want to spend time in pubs and bars and meeting the locals? (Go to Carrick-on-Shannon where there are lots of things to do). Or do you want to really get away from it all and see nature and wildlife? (Go to Lough Erne). Enniskillen and the surrounding areas are hugely popular with our visitors. Check out our blog post about the best things to do in and around Enniskillen for some inspiration!
Click on the links for more information on each location and then you need to decide on what boat you need as well.
As holidays don't have to begin and end at the same Marina, great flexibility and choice is available when it comes to pre-planning your voyage. All three Marinas are ideally located to optimise the choice and quality of cruising routes available. There is also good accessibility by road to the Marinas with free car parking facilities available for visitors. There are scheduled coaches to and from Belfast, Dublin, Knock and Shannon Airports. The timing of these coaches is arranged to connect with as many arrival and departure flights as possible. Additional information for each Marina, including transport details is available, please click the relevant button to access same.
And you may be asking yourself "What can I do when I go ashore?"
There are many activities by the riverside, ranging from golf to horse-riding to heritage sites and many more. And you might want an idea of where you can eat or have a drink.
We have prepared Holiday Planners for each of the three cruising areas and you can see what is available in each area.
Click on the marina you are thinking of going to for a full guide to things to see and do in the area.
More information on our marinas
Google have "mapped" the Shannon and you can now cruise up and down the river. Click on the links below: