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Town Star
2+1 Berth

Corvette A
4 Berth

Corvette B
4 Berth

4 Berth

Lake Star
4+1 Berth

4+2 Berth

Royal Mystique
4+2 Berth

6 Berth

6 Berth

Shannon Star
6+2 berth

Vision 3
6+4 Berth

Vision 3 SL
6+4 Berth

8 Berth

Royal Classique
6 Berth

Vision 4
8+1 Berth

8+2 Berth

Carrick-on-Shannon, the gateway to both the north and south Shannon cruising region, is a major boating centre and thriving town. Its old-fashioned narrow streets, diversity of shops and traditional Irish nightlife make this a perfect place to start your holiday. Don’t forget to visit Ireland’s smallest church - the Costello Chapel is only 18m2 in size! The County of Cavan, it is said, has 365 lakes, one for every day of the year and Belturbet is perfectly placed to cruise just some of this myriad of waterways.

Belturbet is also well served by bars and restaurants, while golf, walking tours and fishing are popular activities that are well catered for. Further north, Upper Lough Erne offers clear waters and impressive - almost mountainous - scenery, dotted with many islands, coves and inlets. From peaceful Portumna, enjoy the delights of Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s finest lakes.

Easy access to Lough Ree and the entire Shannon waterway is also possible. Portumna’s broad streets and majestic parades of shops and houses are an obvious reminder of the town’s Georgian past. But wherever you cruise, you can be sure to enjoy Ireland’s renowned reputation for hospitality everywhere you go, from friendly lock-keepers to outgoing publicans and from helpful shop-owners to awardwinning restaurateurs, we’re certain you’ll enjoy ‘the craic’ in Ireland!

Regional Highlights

  • The Rivers Shannon and Erne and surrounding lakes are an angler’s paradise, well-stocked with salmon, pike, bream, tench and perch
  • High-tech locks and hundreds of moorings makes cruising very easy
  • Traditional Irish pubs and lively celtic music welcome you ashore
  • Majestic scenery around the Upper and Lower Lough Erne – where steep cliffs rise from the shimmering waters
  • Portumna’s National Park and 17th Century Castle for walking and sightseeing
  • Championship golf courses close to the waterways
  • Ancient religious sites – visit Clonmacnoise near Shannonbridge
  • Small towns, restaurants and bars at Lough Derg, the largest of the lakes to visit
  • From Carrick-on-Shannon, the hub of the waterways, explore the beautiful scenery around Lough Key

Take centuries-old monastic settlements, lush landscapes, dramatic scenery and delightful small villages with a big heart - and you have all the ingredients for a perfect cruising holiday. No wonder cruising the River Shannon with Emerald Star is such a popular holiday option in Ireland