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Canal Narrowboat Holidays in Ireland

General Information

Near BallinamoreThe canal boat used today has changed little on the surface from the boats built over one hundred years ago. But inside, these boats are cleverly planned to provide comfortable and even luxurious holiday accommodation for up to 9 people, depending on the boat's length. They are built to navigate without difficulty all the features you will find in your travels, from locks to aqueducts, so all you need worry about is which traditional pub or scenic spot to moor at!

Canal boat holidays are offered from Ballinamore (RED base on map) on the Shannon-Erne waterway from there is access to the upper River Shannon and the Erne. No licence is required to hire one of these boats, and tuition is given at the starting base.

Cruiser SternIn Ireland we offer Wide Beam narrowboats, which at 10 feet wide provide more space for living and relaxing, but are built to the same design principles. All boats are steered by a tiller at the rear or stern and have a spacious rear deck with seating, edged with a guard rail, making access on and off the boat easier. All our boats have reliable, smooth running diesel engines.

An example of a fixed double berthBerths
In most canal boats the dining area seating is converted to a double bed at night. This gives greater flexibility and allows a shorter cheaper boat than one where the saloon is not converted to sleeping at night.

The number of berths in each boat depends upon whether you wish to use only the fixed berths. A boat described as 4-6 berth or 4+2 berths has 4 fixed berths (which can be left made up during the day) and 2 convertible berths.

An example of a twin berthA simple guide is to add up the number of people in your party, then choose the most suitable arrangement of double, twin or single berths. Then decide whether you wish to saloon for sleeping.

If in doubt, always go for more space, rather than less. To get more space for 4 people, choose a boat with only fixed berths, or choose a 6-berth and leave the convertible saloon berths free.


The equipment provided varies between boats, but there are all the comforts of home, including:
Comfortable beds or bunks with foam or interior sprung mattresses
Galley (kitchen) equipped with cooker, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pans
Shower and flushing toilets
Hot and cold running water
Central heating, with solid fuel stove on some boats
Radio/ radio cassette

The saloon seating in this boat converts to a double bedSee other pages in the Narrowboats section for further details of boats and canals.
See also the Shannon-Erne route pages for further details on routes.

Narrowboats are not licensed to cruise above Enniskillen or below Carrick on Shannon.



IRELAND Wide Beam Narrowboat Hire Charges

NARROWBOATS FROM RED BASE ON MAP (Ballinamore, Shannon-Erne Waterway)

What the Hire Charge includes

Boat/Start Date


21 Jan - 4 Mar,
7 Oct - 21 Jan

4 Mar - 15 Apr,
9 Sep - 7 Oct

15 Apr - 10 Jun,
19 Aug - 9 Sep

10 Jun - 19 Aug






Dutch Barge






Legend Class






Folk Class






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