Shannon Erne Waterway
Flanked by lush riverside pastures, the Shannon-Erne Waterway is 63km of river, lake and still-water canal. Between Leitrim Village and just north of Belturbet, the Shannon-Erne Waterway links the two great waterways on the island, the historical Erne System and the colourful Shannon Navigation.
At the heart of the Shannon-Erne Waterway is its tranquillity. Relax and restore along its serene waters, all the while aware that untold activity is only ever a stone's throw away. In the midst of carefree cruising there are an increasing number of gastropubs so you can sit back, unwind and enjoy the best of Irish cuisine. In addition to boating there is a fringing of mountains for the adventurous. Anglers will also find a paradise of fishing with locals more than willing to impart their wisdom on where the best spots are.
Cruisers and barges can move freely along the Shannon-Erne Waterway, mooring in some of the fully serviced public marinas found along its length. Sixteen locks are managed electro-hydraulically by a smart card that allows ease of passage through the locks. Several boat hire companies offer barges and cruisers for easy weekend trips or laidback week-long journeys. This popular option means anyone can visit the Shannon and the Erne easily.
Re-opened in 1994, this waterway has unlocked a countryside few had ever seen and over the past two decades this serene stretch of water has grown in popularity. An abundance of history and folklore are found at each meander and as you travel these still waters, you will be disturbed only by native swans, otters and kingfishers.
Canoeing and rowing are also a common sight with clubs based in Belturbet and Carrick-on-Shannon. Taking full advantage of the waterway, canoeists can use the many slipways to gain access to its peaceful passage.
As you journey along this symbolic link between southern and northern Ireland, it won't take long for you to be enchanted by the wonderful array of fascinating history, welcoming villages and delicious eateries.
The Shannon-Erne Blueway, a multi-activity trail for paddlers, walkers and cyclists, provides endless scope for family and friends to enjoy. Whether you are weaving through the reeds, crashing through white waters or following in the wake of an elegant family of swans, this Blueway is a true paddlers paradise. Or why not try one of the many walking and cycling trails alongside.
Click here to view our Shannon-Erne Navigation Guide.