Cruising on the Shannon.

Cruising on the Shannon is fairly easy as you only have eight locks on the whole stretch of the river. If you start off from Carrick-on-Shannon and go northwards and moor up alongside on the Lough Key. Once ashore you can go walking along the forest trails, visit the ruined churches and the castle on the island. All around you will see many species of birds.

All along the River Shannon you can tie up alongside and visit pubs and restaurants for good food, drink and wonderful entertainment. If you travel southwards along the river you should stop off at Roosky to take in the sights before going onto Lanesborough and the beautiful Lough Rees. This lovely lough has many small islets to visit, especially the island of Inchcleraun which has an interesting monastry.

Travelling further south you could stop off at the large town of Athlone which has lots of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as some interesting buildings. Then onto Clonmacnoise, before arriving at Shannonbridge which has the oldest bridge on the River Shannon.

Your cruise from Carrick-on-Shannon to Shannonbridge and back should take a week, but obviously you could take our time and be cruising longer.  If you would like to find out more about cruising in Ireland then go here to boating holidays with Hoseasons.

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