Sailing clubs, activity centres and a yacht hire company offer sailing on the inland waterways mainly in the four largest lakes, Lough Erne, Lough Allen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg. Additionally Coleraine Yacht Club operating on the Lower Bann does facilitate visiting and local boats but is focused more towards the sea to which it has very close access.
Whether it’s dinghies or sailing
cruisers that appeal to you, the four lakes on the Shannon and Erne
Systems offer superb wide open expanses of water for touring or racing.
▶ Bring your own boat and launch from the multitude of free slipways; or
▶ Learn to sail or hire a dinghy from an activity centre or sailing club;
▶ Hire a sailing cruiser from a hire company; or
▶ Contact a club to see if they need crew for their weekly or weekend sailing races.
sailing offers its own challenges and while not tidal, hilly shorelines
and islands can provide sufficient changes in wind direction to engage
young and old in recreational or competitive sailing.