Emerald Star Ltd Cruising

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Emerald Star, Ireland’s No.1 boating holiday company offers the widest selection of boats to cruise Ireland’s beautiful waterways. We offer short breaks and weekly hire plus a stylish fleet to suit all party sizes and budgets, sleeping 2-12 people. No experience is necessary. Relax on board with family and friends, surrounded by stunning scenery. Special offers are available online at www.emeraldstar.ie

Sample itineraries

Choose one of our cruising suggestions or create your own itinerary. Why not do opt for a one-way cruise and see more of your cruising area. To cruise the Shannon-Erne Waterways you will need to buy a Smart Card to operate the locks. Therse are available at our bases.

Southern Shannon Cruise
Carrick-on-Shannon -Shannonbridge - Carrick-on-Shannon
1 Week - return trip
200kms • 8 locks • 4 lift bridges • 32hrs
Visit Jamestown before enjoying cruising on the wider river beyond Lanesborough into pretty Lough Ree with its diverse wildlife and inspiring scenery. Play golf at Glasson or Hodson Bay before reaching Athlone, the commercial centre of the Midlands and the culinary capital of the inland waterways.

The Angler’s Cruise
Portumna - Killaloe - Portumna
1 Week - return trip
128kms • 0 locks • 12hrs
Lough Derg is one of Ireland’s finest lakes and a haven for fishermen. It is renowned as a place of pilgrimage and surrounded by diverse cultural, social and sporting opportunities. Visit Portumna’s newly restored 17th century castle and walk in the beautiful National Park before cruising south to charming Terryglass and onwards to the watersport haven of dromineer. Further on lies Garrykennedy, Mountshannon and scarriff. In betweenis Holy island (or Iniscealtra), evoking memories of early Irish Christianity. killaloe, site of the restored 13th century St.Flannan’s Cathedral and surrounded by the legends of ancient kings, hermits and heroes, has a 13-arched bridge and a modern marina that’s popular with boatusers. This cruise can also be done as a 3-4 day short break – just reduce the time spent visiting the area according to your preferences.

The Celtic Cruise
Carrick-on-Shannon - Portumna (or vice versa)
1 Week - one-Way trip
160kms • 5 locks • 2 lift bridges • 20hrs
Visit Portumna’s impressive castle set in beautiful surroundings overlooking Lough Derg and Portumna Forest Park. Enjoy local hospitality en route in Lanesborough, Athlone and Shannonbridge and visit the ancient monastic site at Clonmacnoise



· Emerald Star Fleet
· Southern Shannon Cruise/ Northern Shannon Cruise
· Lough Erne Upper Cruise/The Angler's Cruise
· The Celtic Cruise/The Emerald Cruise
· Free Parking at the Base
· Fishing Licence can be purchased at the Base
· Children's Bikes, Child Seats & Helmets are available
· Lifejackets available
· Boat Cleaning Service
· Pets welcome on board

In This Area

· Portumna Castle & Gardens
· Portumna Forest Park
· Portumna Marina Toilets & Showers
· Portumna Children's Playground
· Angling on Lough Derg
· Portumna Golf Club
· Birr Golf Club
· Turoe Pet Farm
· Pallas Karting
· Birr Equestrian Centre
· Dartfield Horse Museum
· Fairymount Farm Walking Trails
· Hotels, B&B's & Self Catering
· Restaurants, Pubs and Gift Shops

Contact Details

The Marina, Portumna
Co. Galway
Phone 071 9627603
Fax 071 9621433
Email info@emeraldstar.ie
Website http://www.emeraldstar.ie
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