What to expect with Silver Line Cruisers?
Never set foot on a boat before? Relax we are the experts at ensuring you leave the marina fully up to speed. We will train you up so you will feel confident in all aspects of water safety, managing the boat with ease, mooring, dropping anchor and cruising around on the River. For more on what to expect, read our beginner’s guide to boating holiday’s blog and review our FAQs for more information. And we’ll bring you up to speed on all aspects of the Captain’s Handbook to Cruising. Pack the sunscreen and Summer clothes for all weathers and we’ll supply you with life jackets (correctly sized and fitted). Our luxurious fleet of boats are fully fitted and your Cruiser will be freshly cleaned, santised and ready for you when you arrive.
Our Experts Will Guide You
We have over 40 years experience in the business have over 40 luxurious boats to choose from accommodating from two to twelve people. All have galley kitchens with fridges, warm and comfortable births, inside dining space, WCs and showers, sun decks for al fresco dining and and are fully equipped. We can even pre-stock your fridge with supplies provide you with bikes or for those going fishing equip you with an outboard motor or extra fishing dinghy. Find out more on our Extra Services.
We’ve Created A Choice of Itineraries
We have created several itineraries based on three to seven night packages with different levels of activities and interests to suit everyone. For more visit our itineraries here and be inspired. When you take the wheel you are Captain of your own adventure and you can decide when you want to drop anchor or step ashore. The beauty of a boating holiday is the extraordinary flexibility to savour the moment. Relax and enjoy a lunch al fresco on your sun deck as the kids try their hand at fishing or dip their toes in the water. Hire some canoes and bring them with you so you can explore when you where you fancy.
Or simply sit back and relax as you see the beautiful countryside of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands float by.
Ideas For Heading North…
As you leave the Marina in Banagher, heading North, the next town on the way is Shannonbridge. The peat bogs which surround the village are home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and is preserved as a natural habitat to the now rare corncrake. Also along the river are eskers, which are winding ridges of raised ground caused by melting ice during the Ice Age and were used by early settlers to cross the river. Look out for Napoleonic fortifications overlooking the bridge – and if you are interested you can stop off and take the self guided tour of ‘The Fort’.
The next town in Athlone and as you float past you can’t fail but to be impressed by Athlone Castle built by King John of England in Anglo Norman times. If you have time and feel inclined why not moor and step off the boat and explore this historic landmark rich in heritage.
Past Athlone is Lough Ree and Glasson, a beautiful village known as ‘the village of the roses’. Here at Hodson Bay you can moor your boat and pop ashore in the Hodson Bay Hotel. You can also moor your boat at the villages of Portrunny and Lecarrow while traversing the lake.
Ideas For Heading South
Explore one of Ireland’s historic wonders, the ‘Holy Island of Lough Derg’ (Inis Cealtra), on the Western shore of Lough Derg and appreciate this extraordinary monastic settlement. With the ruins of no fewer than six churches on this tiny island, its easy to see where this island got its name. For an expert’s insight, seek out local historian, Ger Madden. His tours from Mountshannon bring this ancient monastic settlement back to life. And look out for the white-tailed eagles, Saoirse and Caimin and their chicks, who have nested in the area.
Looking To Make A Splash?
Make a splash at Aqua Park on the shores of Lough Derg in Dromineer which offers a full range of water activities from its inflatable water park to SUP Paddleboards, Banana Boats and kayaks for hire. Or motor on to Bay Sports at Hodson Bay which is renowned as having Ireland’s largest inflatable water park.