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Banagher Base - Ireland
From the Banagher base, you can cruise to Athlone, Clonmacnoise & Portumna areas.

As you cruise southward, you cross Lough Ree to reach the lively town of Athlone, the Celtic site of Clonmacnoise and then Portumna, with its Renaissance castle. Our new base at Banagher in County Offaly is ideally placed to explore this Lower Shannon area, including Lough Derg, the largest lake on the Irish waterway system.

Lough Derg is famous for the idyllic little towns and villages that fringe its shores with small harbours with plenty of moorings. This is the place to go to “get away from it all” and to experience the peacefulness, the beautiful dramatic scenery and really good cruising waters. From Banagher, you can easily reach the celtic site Clonmacnoise as well as Portumna with its Renaissance castle.
Cruises departing from Banagher:
The routes shown are only suggestions;
don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.
Relaxing Ireland Cruise
Out and Back Banagher
1 week - Banagher, Clonmacnoise, Athlone, Hodson Bay, Killinure, Shannonbridge, Banagher.
Length of Cruise : 112 Km, 2 locks, 2h 40m per day
The Lough Derg tour
Out and Back Banagher
1 week - Banagher, Terryglass, Killaloe, Mountshannon, Clonmacnoise, Banagher.
Length of Cruise : 165 Km, 2 locks, 3h 30m per day
Shannon Getaway
Out and Back Banagher
2 weeks - Banagher, Clonmacnoise, Athlone, Lanesborough, Dromod, Lough Key Forest Park, Carrick-on-Shannon, Tarmonbarry, Athlone, Shannobbridge, Portumna, Dromineer, Terryglass, Banagher.

Length of Cruise : 375 Km, 12 locks, 3h 30m per day
Athlone is the biggest town you'll see on your self-drive boat holiday. Make sure you visit the castle or spend an evening in one of the three theatres. And you should definitely stop by Sean's bar, Ireland’s oldest pub.

Carrick-on-Shannon: A small town with charm. The city partly has buildings from the 15th century. In the city center there is not only worth seeing the "smallest church in Ireland" but also a historic bell tower. The streets in the city center offer good pubs and restaurants as well as many shops.

Clonmacnoise: Clonmacnoise Monastery is over 1500 years old and is one of Ireland’s most important historic sites. You can tie up your license-free boat at a small pontoon and stroll among Celtic crosses while learning about Ireland’s history.

Killaloe: Killaloe is in the east of County Clare, on the shores of Lough Derg, and is a great little place to stop during your boating holidays in Ireland. It is famous as the birthplace of King Brian Boru. The village is also known for its footpaths and historic ruins.

Lough Key Forest Park: A very nice stopover for the whole family and peace seekers. An enchanted park invites you for long walks. There is also a treetop path, adventure playground, bike paths and a beautiful dock for overnight stays.

Portumna: One of the most beautiful cities in County Galway. Definitely worth a longer stay to get to know all the sights. Among them the Portumna Castle from the beginning of the 17th century. Next to the castle there is an interesting kitchen garden and a tea house. Take also a long walk on the shores of Lough Derg Forest Park.

Terryglass: You’ll love this marina, located at the entrance to Lough Derg: it's calm and peaceful when the lake allows. In the small village, you’ll find a picturesque, lively pub and a small shop where you can restock your self-drive boat.

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