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Self-Drive Houseboat Holiday in Ireland (6-Berth)

  • 8days
  • Ireland

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A Cultural Cruise along the River Shannon

Embark on an adventure and sail south from Carrick to the great city of Athlone for a boating holiday that introduces you to authentic Irish life. 

Famous for its pier, Carrick-on-Shannon is a small but typical Irish town in County Leitrim, 150km northwest of Dublin. The base where your boating holiday on the River Shannon begins is close to a park and many restaurants.

Before boarding your canal boat, first stroll through the historic market town of Carrick to see the market square (which takes place every Thursday) and the clock tower. It is also in Carrick that the Costello Chapel is located, the smallest chapel in Europe measuring just 17 square metres! If your boating holiday takes place at the beginning of June you may be lucky enough to attend the Carrick Carnival: a nocturnal parade of floats, concerts and street artists, attractions and entertainment, fireworks, vintage cars... This annual event has something for the whole family!

Highlights:

  • DROMOD: INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF IRELAND
  • LANESBOROUGH: A SMALL VILLAGE AT THE GATES OF LOUGH REE
  • ATHLONE: A DYNAMIC CITY ON THE BANKS OF THE SHANNON

Included in your houseboat holiday:

  • Your boat for 8 x days (Saturday to Saturday or any other day except Sunday, subject to availability) excellent well-crafted boat with a capacity of 6 guests (room for 2 x visitors sleeping in living area). Departure is between 3-6pm Saturdays; return your boat between 8-9am the following Saturday. For other possibilities of extended days, shorter breaks and weekends, bigger or smaller boats - please contact our office: [email protected] 
  • Captain's handbook: preparation and advice for a trouble free cruise from start to finish
  • Navigation chart: vital for a well-organised cruise. In it you will find the location of locks, water fill-up points, places of interest etc. 
  • Base location map: instructions for locating your departure base easily
  • Navigation instruction: video giving advice for the navigation and security instructions to live aboard your cruiser.
  • Boat equipment, all equipment necessary for navigation
  • Boat insurance
  • Instructions on navigating the waterways and your temporary boat licence
  • Breakdown assistance available 7 days per week during base operating hours
  • Inventory: a list of all interior and exterior equipment
  • Crockery etc. enough for everybody on board
  • Bedding: sheets, blankets or duvets, pillows and pillow cases
  • Hotel package: Cleaning price, Set of towels for each passenger, Kitchen towels kit

Not included:

  • Boat fuel: you start with a full tank (All consumables such as oil, fuel, gas etc. used are included in your charge. All cruisers are fitted with a meter which is read on your departure and on your return. The number of hours of engine fuel used will be invoiced according to the rate displayed at the base. On average between 30-60 EUR per day.)
  • A bond of 1500 EUR (repaid to you at the end of your cruise if the boat and its equipment are brought back clean, in good condition and undamaged, at the time and place agreed on)
  • Barbecue rental: 50 EUR
  • Pets: 50 EUR each
  • Power converter rental 12/220v: 12 EUR
  • Wifi on board: 50 EUR (15GB)
  • Deck mattress: 12 EUR each: comfortable and foldable mattress for relaxing on theroof or front deck of your boat
  • Bikes 40 EUR each
  • One-way cruise: from 150-350 EUR depending on distance from the original base (not available in all regions, and charge is according to distance for recovery between the bases)

Option for 'all inclusive' package: 450 EUR

  • Fuel package + cleaning price
  • Waterways map
  • Set of towels for each passenger
  • Kitchen towels kit
  • 2 x bikes

Notes:

  • Price is calculated on 6 x guests. Total price of boat hire is 6 x individual price
  • Ask us about your houseboat hire: departures any day except Sunday; boats available from 2-10 guests; boats available in other parts of France, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary and Portugal: find the right boat and location for you at [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Day 1 is for getting familiar with your boat, stocking up with food and maybe doing a short drive before resting for the night

  • Day 2

    Hey! Day 2-7 is your choice! Make your own plan.... Begin your adventure now!

    Ideas:

    DROMOD: INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF IRELAND

    Dromod Port, now entirely dedicated to boating and waterways activities (available at the Shannon River Adventure Centre), was once a busy commercial port through which convoys of Guinness and other goods passed. Dromod's activity was focused around its railway line which connected it to Leitrim and the coal mines of Arigna. You can experience a steam train journey at the Railway Museum, where collectables from both World Wars are also on display. Also, relax by the Weeping Tree fountain, carved from a single piece of oak, and found in the city centre.

    LANESBOROUGH: A SMALL VILLAGE AT THE GATES OF LOUGH REE

    Heading back towards Carrick-on-Shannon, moor your Nicols canal boat at Lanesborough Marina. After this village, you leave Lough Ree and resume navigation on the River Shannon. Take advantage of the stopover to stretch your legs in the small village and take a trip to the local distillery (Lough Ree Distillery) to taste its whiskey and restock your boat in the grocery store.

    LOUGH REE: HIKES AND ISLANDS FOR ADVENTURE

    At a vast 105km², Lough Ree is especially popular with fishermen, but also offers a large number of other activities to be enjoyed such as Liliput Way hiking trail, holy well of Saint Faithleach, Rathcline castle and cemetery with its Celtic crosses. However, the island of Inchcleraun wins the title of the most popular tourist attraction of the lake with its 6th century monastery classified as a "national monument" by the Republic of Ireland. The island appears in a Celtic legend according to which Medb, warrior queen of the province of Connacht, was murdered there by a man armed with a slingshot... and a piece of cheese!

    ATHLONE: A DYNAMIC CITY ON THE BANKS OF THE SHANNON

    Life is in full swing in Athlone, the largest town on the banks of the River Shannon. In Athlone, shopping lovers will be happy! There is also something here for the whole family… don't miss a visit to the castle, which will take you back 800 years via several exhibitions and fun experiences. Then go admire the stained glass windows of the church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Finally, your boating holiday in Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Sean's Bar - holder of the title of being the oldest pub in Ireland!

  • Day 3

    Day 8:

    Your boating holiday on the River Shannon is coming to an end. Turn your canal boat around and resume navigation towards Carrick

    Your boat should be returned to the base where you picked it up between 8-9 am, unless arrangements have been made for a one-way trip.

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Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 11 2024 May 18 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
May 18 2024 May 25 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
May 25 2024 Jun 01 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
Jun 01 2024 Jun 08 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
Jun 08 2024 Jun 15 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Jun 22 2024 Jun 29 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 8 Single rooms 495€
Double rooms 495€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 8 Single rooms 495€
Double rooms 495€
Jul 20 2024 Jul 27 2024 8 Single rooms 495€
Double rooms 495€
Jul 27 2024 Aug 03 2024 8 Single rooms 495€
Double rooms 495€
Aug 03 2024 Aug 10 2024 8 Single rooms 495€
Double rooms 495€
Aug 10 2024 Aug 17 2024 8 Single rooms 495€
Double rooms 495€
Aug 17 2024 Aug 24 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Aug 24 2024 Aug 31 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Aug 31 2024 Sep 07 2024 8 Single rooms 455€
Double rooms 455€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 14 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
Sep 14 2024 Sep 21 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 8 Single rooms 420€
Double rooms 420€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 8 Single rooms 363€
Double rooms 363€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 8 Single rooms 363€
Double rooms 363€
Oct 12 2024 Oct 19 2024 8 Single rooms 341€
Double rooms 341€
Oct 19 2024 Oct 26 2024 8 Single rooms 341€
Double rooms 341€
Oct 26 2024 Nov 02 2024 8 Single rooms 341€
Double rooms 341€

Car rental in Ireland

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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