Travel north from Carrick along the majestic Shannon River, passing through pleasant water meadows stocked with grazing cattle. Look out for the herons fishing in the shallows and the numerous swans and other water fowl that live along its banks. Mark off the various easily recognisable navigation marks as you pass the confluence of the Boyle River and continue to travel at a sedate speed towards Leitrim Village.
As you travel further north the countryside becomes more interesting, with spectacular views of distant hills and forests. Depending on the time of the year the trees can be a lush green or an Autumn gold as their branches bend down to the river. Pass under the ancient bridge at Leitrim and moor at the jetty. The village is a short walk away and has several pubs, some with traditional music and restaurants.
Points of Interest: Acres Lake Floating Boardwalk
Stay the night, and in the morning turn the boat to head south and enter the Boyle River. Within a short time you are passing through a small lough, Lough Eidin. Take in a round of golf at the Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club if you wish, it has its own jetty to tie your boat to, or continue on towards Cootehall to stop for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant.
Pass on through Knockvicar, through the Clarendon Lock and on into Lough Key. Cross the lake and head for the Boyle Canal which will bring you to within a mile of this fine town. Visit the Abbey or King House, and dine in Boyle.
Points of Interest: King House
Travel back along the Boyle Canal, re-enter Lough Key and head for the extensive new marina facility at Lough Key Forest Park. which The park has 350 hectares of park land to explore, the innovative Boda Borg Adventure House to visit the children's adventure play kingdom or the Lough Key Experience complete with Tree Canopy Walk and Zipit Forest Adventures.