Boating on the Shannon-Erne Waterway
The Shannon-Erne Waterway, open since 1994 is a unique canal on Ireland's inland waterways. An electro-hydraulic lock system operated by smart card is the only one on the island and makes this an easy canal for newcomers to venture on for the first time. Use Business Listings to find an activity provider.
It is a river, lake and canal system only 64km long with small towns and villages ideally placed along it bank to provide any services a boater might need.
its links to the Shannon and Erne systems make it an ideal base for boating holidays as access to lake and river
The freedom of making your own travel decisions, flexibly deciding to stay or wander a little further off the beaten track, makes boating holidays a marvelous experience. Never say 'once in a lifetime' because once you've tried it, you'll want to come back again and again.
Self-drive barges for 2 - 6 persons and can be hired from bases in Ballinamore and Corraquil. Modern, traditional English style and Dutch style barges are available, all fitted out to a high standard, with sleeping cabins, bathrooms /ensuite bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas as well as a lounge area, these craft are truly a home away from home.
Most companies require the cruiser to be returned to the base from which it was hired but some offer a one-way trip and will collect and return you to the start point to collect your vehicle.
Training is provided at the outset and lifejackets are provided by all companies. Support is also provided enroute should you run into difficulties.
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On your journey around the waterways, you are likely to see a new brand appearing, called "Blueways Ireland". Blueways are a network of multi-activity trails - paddling, walking and cycling – based on or closely linked with the water, together with providers facilitating access to activities and experiences. These outdoor recreation opportunities are there to be enjoyed by everyone, so we would especially encourage boaters to please be aware of and have special regard for small craft in the water.