Carrickcraft has been the specialist in river cruising holidays for over 50 years.
When you hire a boat from Carrickcraft, you will benefit from the advice of experts who are
passionate about boating and who will do their utmost to ensure you have a great holiday.
History & HeritagE
History & heritage on lough erne
Cruise from Enniskillen to Devenish Island on Lower Lough Erne, famous for its perfect 12th-century round tower, ruined Augustinian abbey and intricately carved 15th-century high cross in the graveyard. This is one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Or visit White Island, which is only accessible by boat and features the ruins of a 12th century Castle with fantastic Romanesque doorway. There are also intriguing archaic stone figures set into a wall that predates the Church. You will find out lots about the history of Fermanagh at Enniskillen Castle, built almost 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguires. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it was strategically important throughout its history. In the 17th century it served as part of a military barracks. This historic site houses two museums, Fermanagh County Museum and the Inniskillings Museum.
Heritage sites on the River Shannon
Traditional Irish Music
Irish Music on Lough Erne
Shannon River Music Pubs
You will find music pubs in most of the towns and villages along the Shannon, just be sure to phone ahead to check what’s on on any given night. Cryan’s in Carrick-on-Shannon is a traditional pub that has kept its charm throughout the years and is very popular with locals and tourists for its traditional music sessions. Sean’s Bar in Athlone, famous as the oldest pub in Ireland is the life and soul of the town and they feature live entertainment 7 nights a week. In Banagher, the famous Hough’s Singing Pub will have you tapping your feet all night long and on Lough Derg, Garrykennedy, Mountshannon and Killlaloe all have traditional music pubs. The Irish are welcoming people and they love to see visitors coming along to join in the music sessions.
Where to fish
Walking Trails along the Shannon and Erne
Long Distance Walking Trails
The 68 km Lough Derg Way starts in Dromineer and continues in a southerly direction around the Eastern Shore of Lough Derg to Killlaloe before continuing to its end at Limerick. Following the first few kilometres is a very pleasant walk with lush scenery and lakeside vistas.
In Killaloe, the Lough Derg Way meets the East Clare Way which is a 180km circular route starting and finishing in Killaloe that wends its way through the wildest parts of the region. There are a number of looped walks starting in Mountshannon or Scariff that form parts of the East Clare Way, so there are lots of opportunities to explore this region west of Lough Derg.
The Leitrim Way is a long distance waymarked way starting in Drumshanbo and initially following the Eastern shore of Lough Allen. Although the entire walk is 50km, the first few kilometres provide panoramic views of Lough Allen.
Cruise and Golf
Golfing on Lough Erne
Golfing on the Shannon
Horse Riding on the Upper Shannon
Horse Riding on the Lower Shannon
Activity Centres on Lough Erne
Watersports on the Shannon
Fun for the kids
Children of all ages will love the thrill of driving their own cruiser and the freedom that comes with a Carrickcraft holiday. They can spend days exploring the lakes and rivers and be transported to a magical land where time stands still. We like to encourage the kids to play a part in the maintenance of the cruiser and they are often happiest when they are given a particular responsibility. You may be content to spend all your time on the water, but if the children need any further entertainment, there are many opportunities for family fun along the river. Many of the towns and villages along the river have very good play parks, in particular around the Lower Shannon. Shannonbridge, Shannon Harbour, Banagher, Portumna, Terryglass, Dromineer and Garrykennedy all have very good children’s play areas located near the harbour. Acres Lake, near Drumshanbo in the Lough Allen canal has great facilities for children, including outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground and a pool table.