The upper reaches of the Shannon are formed by
the junction of the Boyle and Shannon rivers. Meeting just north of Carrick, you
can cruise right to their sources in Lough Key and through the narrow tree lined
canal to Lough Allen.
The choices around Carrick are immense and its appeal is the
bustling town of Carrick itself as well as numerous moorings and villages all
within easy distance of each other:
North to Leitrim village will take you onto the Shannon-Erne
waterway and in a gentle three days to the Base at Belturbet.
Downstream lies the water wonderland of winding rivers and lakes,
as the Shannon grows in size. You will discover the mysterious reed beds and channels
in Carnadoe, Kilglass and Grange. Lough Ree, a wilder, larger lake, offers some
of the best pike fishing in Ireland. Golf courses at Glasson and Hodson Bay near
Athlone welcome visitors.
Athlone is one of the larger towns in Ireland. The moorings
in the centre of town are ideal for the excellent shopping as well as visiting
the old fort. Continuing south you would reach Portumna, the southern Base.
|Week Cruise Southwards on the Upper Shannon:
Carrick-on-Shannon - Dromod (2 hrs) - Roosky (1hr) - Tarmonabrry (2 hrs) - Lanesborough
(1 hr) - Athlone (4 hrs) - Shannonbridge (2 hrs) and return (12 hrs), 3 locks
Week Cruise Northwards on the Shannon-Erne Waterway:
Carrick-on-Shannon - Leitrim (1 hr) - Ballinamore (7 hrs) - Ballyconnell (3 hrs)
and return (11 hrs), 16 locks each way.
Carrick-on-Shannon - Belturbet (14 hrs)
Carrick-on-Shannon - Portumna (20 hrs)