Sunday 2nd September
Set off bright and early to get through the lock in good time. Our first lock - so a bit nervous but the lock keeper helped us throw the ropes round the bollards and we waited for a couple more boats to arrive before the lock was shut. Not scary at all, so that was a relief!
A narrow stretch of the River Shannon Stopped at Dromod marina (3 on map) to stock up on food, then carried on to Roosky (4 on map) where there was a bigger lock. Once again, everyone was helpful and we even began to enjoy the locks! The River Shannon is quite wide, with navigation markers to go through, but once you've worked it out, it's very simple and good fun trying to find the next marker with the binoculars provided.
Got used to the boat very quickly, as the Carlow is quite small and easy to manoeuvre. It's the perfect boat for a couple, with a nice roomy saloon and kitchen combined and a separate bedroom and bathroom. It's customary to wave at the boats you pass, so everything is really friendly and you find yourself bumping into the same people at locks and moorings.
After Roosky, we took a turning left down Camlin River, a very small river, so we took it slowly and enjoyed the scenery. Saw several herons standing quietly on the banks - they didn't seem to even notice the boat going past! Arrived at Clondra Harbour (5 on map) around 5pm where we stopped for the night. Very pretty marina and village, with the usual friendly, lively Irish pub just round the corner.
Jamestown to Dromod: 1 hour (1 lock)
Dromod to Clondra: 3-4 hours (1 lock)