Cruising along the majestic waters of the Shannon and the Erne
as they slowly meander their way through Irelands rich
countryside is an ideal way to sample
the laid back way of life which is synonymous with rural Ireland.
at a very leisurely pace along the Shannon-Erne waterway,
Europe’s longest inland cruising system, you’ll
soon cast aside the pressures of today’s more hectic
lifestyles as you settle down to enjoy a very different
holiday experience - one that gives you a whole new perspective
on the beautiful countryside, historic castles, grand houses,
deserted hamlets and ancient monastic settlements that
The Shannon and the Erne
The land of Rivers and Lakes, provides not only the finest but also the longest inland cruising and leisure facility in Europe. The River Shannon in Ireland and The River Erne in Northern Ireland, combine to create Ireland's favourite cruising destination. The hundreds of moorings along the waterways offer the freedom to tie-up where you please. There are many small towns and villages to visit and enjoy some Irish tradition and culture. The waterways are superb for bream, rudd, roach, tench, pike, perch and salmon, truly an angler's paradise.
Bellanaleck is situated just 5 miles from Enniskillen on the river between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. It is ideally placed to explore the whole of the Erne and gives easy access to Enniskillen and on up to Kesh and Belleek via Devenish Island and other historic sites. Heading south from Bellanaleck, you pass through Carrybridge on the way ot Upper Lough Erne and complete tranquility. Bellanaleck benefits from having a Bar and Restaurant on site and a shop and take-away just a 10-minute walk.
CARRICK ON - SHANNON
From Leitrim south, the Shannon meets the Boyle River with Lough Key at its source. Carrick-on-Shannon, is the ideal location from which to explore two of the Shannon's famous lakes. Lough Key to the North is surrounded by truly magnificent scenery and the Forest Park which offers many splendid nature trails. Downstream, the Shannon slowly widens, flowing through lough after lough, into the mighty Lough Ree as it glides southward.
Further downstream, the Shannon wends its way to Banagher. Banagher is the ideal centre for exploring the lower Shannon and Lough Derg, the largest lake on the waterway system.Many good harbours and small towns are to be found on Lough Derg as well as a number of excellent eating places. Close by, the numerous nature trails and secluded walks of Portumna National Park are well worth a visit - you will find mooring easy in Portumna's Castle Harbour.