Ireland Journals

A Week on the Water on the Lower Shannon

An August 2005 trip to Ireland by Funky Monkey

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Quote: I had tremendous fun messing about in boats on Lough Derg in the lower part of the River Shannon. Here's a quick (but concise) guide to my week on the water.

A Week on the Water on the Lower Shannon

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The highlights for me on my nautically themed holiday was when we were travelling to a small harbour called Scarriff. Scarriff is off of the Lough Derg, down a winding waterway, past the most idyllic riverside scenery I could have imagined. Unfortunately, Scarriff itself was having a harbour extension built, so the river bank beauty was slightly blemished by the sight of a big yellow digger, but it was a lovely place all the same. My other personal favourite part of the holiday was on our second to last day, when we had left Lough Derg (incidentally, Lough Derg means Lake of the Dead Eye! Or so we were told) and were heading up the River Shannon to Shannonbridge. It was the afternoon, so t...Read More

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Silver Line Cruisers Photo, County Offaly, Ireland
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As you may have been able to tell from the address, Silverline Cruisers is not a hotel, but a boat hire company. However, technically one of the boats was my accommodation for the week, so I have decided to review it here rather than as an activity. You may have been on a camper van holiday before, where you can go wherever the road takes you, and hiring a boat to stay on is almost the same, but it is much more hands-on. In a car you have the driver, the map reader, and possibly Sat Nav for when mum's asleep. This is nearly the same as a boat when you're meandering down a river, but when you have to moor in a harbour, it's a completely different story. It's all hands on deck to tie this rope and pu...Read More

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Silver Line Cruisers
The Marina
Banagher, County Offaly
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Here's a list of all of the harbours that we visited, in order, and what each one was like. Harbours in bold are ones that we stayed overnight at. Day 1 Banagher - Banagher was a quiet riverside town with some shops, pubs, and a hotel. This is where we hired our boat. Be aware that as you approach Banagher by boat from the south, you have to pass under a bridge, and if you have a radar mast, you can only pass through the arch furthest east. Terryglass - Terryglass is a quaint little town tucked into a cove on Lough Derg's northern end. It has shops, a restaurant, and a pub. Be very careful when approaching Terryglass from the north in...Read More