A slow, contemplative way to travel through a land that is rich with scenic waterways, if ever there was a way to banish the stresses and strains of modern life, this would surely be it…
The sheer beauty and diversity of Ireland’s Waterways, from sylvan loughs to urban canals, is outstanding. Framed by the Cliffs of Magho, County Fermanagh, and the hills of Donegal, Lower Lough Erne is steeped in history and boasts ideal stop-offs from the small pretty harbor of Kesh to the bustling town of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
Upper Lough Erne, on the other hand, offers an entirely different aspect with many inlets and islands providing a more individual experience for boating enthusiasts; while the undiscovered and unspoiled River Erne is a place where water and land seamlessly intertwine.
Lough Key maintains an arrestingly beautiful aspect and is studded with islands, while the majestic Lough Allen is ruggedly beautiful. Right at the geographical center of Ireland lies Lough Ree, parts of which are delightfully remote and private, and parts of which enjoy hospitable ports of call and lakeside harbors. The mountains surrounding Lough Derg are hauntingly beautiful and varied while the shoreline has many sheltered bays and little harbors.
The River Shannon Waterway is a glorious cruising area with welcoming villages, thriving boating centers, history-laden towns, rich cultural life, serene and tranquil waters, river meadows, vast skyscapes and sacred fords – all idyllic spots to cruise by or stop off for a picnic on the riverbank.