Crusing from Banagher - A nautical trip with you at the helm
Explore the Shannon at your own pace
If you like the idea of setting your own course and choosing when and where to stop off and explore, then a cruising trip along the Shannon could be just the ticket. Set off from the marina at Banagher and head north or south along Ireland’s greatest stretch of inland waterway. Head north to one of the most popular attractions in Ireland, let alone on the Shannon - and it is much better to approach by water than by road - Clonmacnoise. As you explore the ruined churches, the cathedral and the round towers, you can almost picture the monks as they went about their daily lives 1,500 years ago. Then on to Athlone the largest town on the river and visit Athlone Castle which was refurbished in 2013 and is open to the public. Or opt instead to steer southwards and you’ll encounter Portumna (check out the Forest Park and Portumna Castle), Terryglass (enjoy some great pub grub), eventually arriving at Killaloe, a picturesque town once home to Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Either direction, you’ll take in the picturesque towns and villages along the Shannon, maybe pausing along the way for a spot of fishing or bird-watching from a unique water-side perspective. And all from the comfort of your own fully kitted-out cruising boat.