River tourism and cruises in Ireland

Across the River Shannon and the Erne, you will sail on a boat without a license through the west of Ireland, discovering its historic castles and legends, abandoned villages, beautiful landscapes and ancient monasteries.

The Shannon-Erne Canal recreates the old canal from 1860, but with a much more modern structure dating back to the 1990s. This canal links two magnificent rivers in North West Ireland, the Shannon and the Erne, which run through the most beautiful areas of the deepest Ireland, and that crosses 63 kilometers between Leitrim Village and Lake Erne Superior, with only 18 locks.

Along its course, the Shannon has three large lakes, Lough Ree, Lough Derg and Lough Allen. In any of these three lakes you can take marine excursions of all kinds. And it is that in total, in Ireland, there are more than 500 navigable kilometers, between rivers, canals and lakes.

There is also a wide and extensive network of channels to make good use of your Irish boat holidays. If the rivers Shannon and Erne are linked to a canal, the River Shannon is linked by a canal to Dublin. Some of the best known canals are the Newry, the Grand Canal, the Royal Canal and the Ulster Canal.

A destination that combines its green landscapes and outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking or golf, with a more cultural tourism, visiting historic cities and typical Irish towns such as Portumna or Carrick-on-Shannon.

Take advantage of your river cruise to moor and disembark in some of the typical Irish bars and enjoy traditional music over a pint of cold beer.

Sailing the Shannon-Erne is suitable for beginners, but extreme care is required when it is windy or in open water.

Try this original way to spend your holidays and get to know Europe by renting a boat without a navigation license!

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