15 Jun 2020
Hire a cruiser and set sail on a fun family break or a getaway with friends on one of the finest waterways in Europe.
At 224 miles long, the mystical River Shannon offers endless possibilities to tap into the relaxed rhythm of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands.
This mighty waterway courses through the heart of the country and is filled with exciting waterside towns and marinas, picturesque rural villages, beguiling blueways, enticing greenways and unexplored tracks and trails.
There is an infinite variety of things to do for all ages along the entire length of the Shannon, on the many beautiful lakes in the area or along the multitude of quiet rural byways that criss-cross this deeply picturesque part of Ireland.
Relaxation, adventure and a sense of freedom will be your companion as you take a journey into the unknown and uncover the very heartbeat of Ireland.
Spoil yourself with your favourite on-river pastimes, be that fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, nature watching or just chilling out on the deck of your boat.
Then explore castles, round towers, monastic settlements, historic houses and estates right on the banks of the Shannon, or just a short walk away from the many moorings.
While the waterside beauty will lull you into a state of relaxation, there will be plenty to do when you moor up to investigate more of the Hidden Heartlands.
Go ashore at will to enjoy the Irish countryside on foot or by bike. Enjoy a lakeside stroll, a wander in nature at Lough Key Forest Park or a more vigorous outing on the Beara-Breifne Way, a long-distance walking and cycling trail that runs along the banks of the Shannon.
Embrace landscapes that are equal parts rugged and beautiful and relax in rural locations that are rich with wildlife.
One of the central points for hiring a luxury boat on the river is the town of Carrick-on-Shannon, and there are many cruising holiday options starting from the marina here.
From Carrick you can navigate south in the Hidden Heartlands to explore the beautiful scenery of Lough Ree and the large expanse of Lough Derg, the third largest lake on the island of Ireland, and on to Limerick where the Shannon flows into the sea. Head north and you can take in the lakes and islands of Lough Allen at a leisurely pace.
All the while, relish the relaxing rhythm of your boat, drink in the untouched beauty of the waterways, reconnect with nature and fill your heart with Ireland.
Carrick On Shannon Marina, County Leitirm
Lough Derg, Shannon
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