Canoeing on the Shannon Navigation
Canoeing on the Shannon is a journey of contrasts with wide open empty stretches of lake-filled horizons interspersed with narrow bustling stretches taking-in towns and villages.
Suitable for the intermediate to experienced long distance paddlers used to planning passages, dealing with windy conditions in the wide open stretches and with other boat traffic. There are six locks on the Shannon which each take up to 6 vessels. Best advice is to portage around the locks altogether.
Blueways are a network of multi-activity recreational trails, based on or alongside idyllic lakes, canals, rivers and coastal shores in Ireland. They provide scenic routes into the heart of rural Ireland by canoe, bike or on foot. Relax on a gentle guided canoe trip; have fun trying out Stand Up Paddle boards; hire electric bikes as you experience the beautiful Blueways on two wheels or simply on foot.
The Shannon Blueway showcases a wonderful network of paddling trails all the way from the foot of Lough Allen, stretching in from Boyle, meandering onwards to Carrick-on-Shannon and beyond that along the Shannon as far as Ballyleague / Lanesborough. In addition there is the option to paddle a looped trail around the picturesque Camlin River, beginning at Richmond Harbour. To complement the on-water trails, there is a selection of walking and cycling trails in idyllic locations alongside the water.
For more details on trails along the Shannon Blueway, please click here.