Hire a Boat & Cruise the River Shannon – It’s the Ultimate ‘Staycation’!

It’s that time of year when most people are looking forward to, or making plans for, their summer holidays or short breaks.

A ‘staycation’ or holiday at home provides the perfect chance for a getaway. With an estimated 11.2 million tourists visiting our shores in 2019, we are lucky to have Ireland as our staycation destination!

A boating holiday on the River Shannon is a unique and memorable experience. There is so much on offer that it can be hard to fit everything in!

Exploring towns & villages, sight-seeing, leisure activities, water sports, or just sitting back and taking it all in from the comfort of your deck.

For anyone who has never hired a boat before, then see our beginners guide to a boating holiday in Ireland blog or visit our FAQ page for more information. Read on to find out why we believe a boating holiday is the ultimate ‘staycation’!


All along the River Shannon, the Hidden Heartland’s region is teaming with towns and picturesque villages steeped in history and heritage. Famous landmarks, castles and museums are just waiting to be explored. For example, Clonmacnoise, Portumna Castle, Lough Key Forrest Park and Limerick Castle to name but a few!

See our guide to castles & historical sites along the River Shannon

Now is the opportunity to explore Ireland in style! Cruise to your chosen destination, moor your hire boat, step ashore and explore at your own leisure!


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