The charming little town of Boyle boasts the ruins of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1161, a stunning mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles.
South from Carrick the Shannon slowly widens, flowing gently by a cluster of small towns and villages and all well worth a visit. As you slowly cruise down stream, the river leads through a ribbon of loughs that stretch for miles until you finally reach Lough Ree.
Lough Ree is a vast, inland sea that boasts inspiring scenery and diverse wildlife. If you fancy some fish for supper, cast your line over the side - the fishing on Lough Ree will rarely disappoint.
Hodson Bay is an excellent stop-off point on the southern shore or make your way along to Athlone, a town with long history and a choice of extremely good golf courses. It is notable for its imposing castle which has dominated a strategic crossing ever since the 13th century. Our new boat base is just outside Athlone at Killinure Point.
Carrick-on-Shannon to Athlone is about 11 hours direct cruising - with many places to visit en route. This route forms a pleasant one-week return trip from our bases at Carrick or Athlone. An alternative is the one-week one-way trip from Carrick on Shannon to Portumna on the Lower Shannon.