Sep 19

Cruising!

Now, this isn’t about the Wild Atlantic Way, but nevertheless, well worth a mention.  I recently spent 4 days on the River Shannon on a cruiser.   What an amazing way to spend holiday time.

The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river.  It is 360 km/240 miles long and runs from Co Cavan to Co Limerick where it enters the sea. It includes locks, canals and lots of amazing scenery.

We hired the boat from www.rentourboat.ie and the pick-up point was just outside Carrick on Shannon in Co Leitrim. The first thing that we liked was that we picked it up from a gated marina which meant that our car was secure for the duration of our trip.  As we arrived at the boat late in the evening, we spent the first night on the marina which was very well equipped with electricity, showers, toilets, laundry, garbage disposal and recycling.  There is also a bar and restaurant on site.

The next day our adventure began and we set off on our travels.  There is a speed limit on the river of 5 mph, so it took an hour and a have to get back to Carrick on Shannon (a 10 – 15 minute drive in a car).  The first few hours of cruising were for getting used to the idea that everything happened at a slower pace and then that became the norm.  We stayed at many lovely harbours, we ate in the local pubs and enjoyed the unique atmosphere that one only gets from the river. We met Germans, Australians, English and lots of Irish people.

The boat was very comfortable and well equipped.  We had a full size cooker and oven, the beds were comfortable and we were delighted to find that the showers worked well (there were two on board!).  Depending on where we decided to stay for the night, we had access to electricity, water, showers, toilets etc.  Even if we chose not to pull into a serviced quay, we were self-sufficient with hot water, a gas cooker/oven and a 3-way fridge.

While it wasn’t the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way, it is definitely well worth checking out a river holiday if time and funds allow.  It is so relaxing.

We’ll be back and we can’t wait!

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