This secret lake just off Lough Derg is probably not visited by many boats. That’s because it’s not on the majority of charts of the River Shannon. Also, it’s well off the navigation channel. On this voyage, we bring you with us as we explore deep into this lesser-known part of Lough Derg.
This is our Shannon River cruise across Lough Derg to the beautiful village of Garrykennedy. Any River Shannon cruise will take in at least some lake or wide river portion. Really the River Shannon is a whole bunch of lakes joined together with river stretches!
Garrykennedy is probably one of the most popular moorings on Lough Derg. It’s a small village with two pubs, one of which has a traditional thatched roof and serves excellent food. Surprisingly there is no shop in Garrykennedy, there is however plenty atmosphere all of which lends a good feeling to the place.
When you go boating in Ireland you hope for weather like this. You don’t always get it but when you do everything looks so much better.
We head from Killaloe up onto the sprawling Lugh Derg and we need to dispose of some refuse we have accumulated, so we visit Mountshannon briefly to use the bins.
Then we take a look at Holy Island with the drone before mooring up in Dromaan Harbour.
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The wind is up, on Lough Derg. And we have a rough cruise across the lake in choppy water. Mar gets a bit upset but we eventually settle into a nice mooring in Dromaneer. The wind dies down and the local sailing club treats us to a demonstration of their skills.
This is a lovely boat trip on the river Shannon to Mountshannon village, a lovely quiet village on the shores of Lough Derg. Mountshannon can boast a large and well-protected harbour with floating jetties as well as stone jetties.
The village has a cafe, two pubs and one serves good food if you fancy a nice meal out. There’s a basic shop in the local petrol station but Mountshannon’s charm is in buildings and its old world charm, and of course in its people too.
A great River Shannon boat trip is the run down river from Portumna to Terryglass. It takes in a little bit of river boating as well as a taste of lake boating as well. A day of River boating can sometimes be a bit cold this early in the season, but that in no way deters us and we cruise the River Shannon to Terryglass on the beautiful Lough Derg. Thanks for watching.
Join us on our River Shannon boating trip to Portumna where the swing bridge divides this river section from the rather large Lough Derg.
We pass a few interesting sights along the way. So come along for a pleasant spin down the river. Even the Irish weather gods spare us the worst of an Irish summer!
Join us on a River Shannon boating to Banagher adventure. We explore some of the lesser seen places on the River Shannon and in the towns along the way. Sometimes these are little hideaway moorings, and sometimes they are hints of a by-gone era.
We start out in Shannonbridge and then we explore around the now disused Fannings locks. This is a great little hideaway on the river that most boaters never stop at. That’s probably because most boaters don’t know that you can still get a boat in there. After all most charts show it as not navigable. In fact, Driftwood draws just over three feet and we didn’t touch the bottom (why does that sound rude!).
After we check out the area at the lock, we continue down the River Shannon to the town of Banagher where you can join me for a little walkabout. And we find a few interesting things along our way.
Ah, there’s nothing quite like some River Shannon boating and it’s lovely to see the sun come out on this lovely voyage from Athlone to Shannonbridge with a short stop off at Clonmacnoise for good measure! While a day of River Shannon boating can sometimes be a bit cold this day starts off chilly enough and a little overcast, you can see as the day progresses the heat builds and we cruise the River Shannon to Shannonbridge in glorious sunshine. Have to say there’s a nice bit of aerial photography at the end of this video that I do hope you’ll enjoy. Thanks for watching.
This is a River Shannon cruise in pretty lousy weather. None the less we cruise south past Dromod, Rooskey, and Tarmonbarry. We get a great welcome into Dromod harbour from a flock of swans that treat us to a fly past.
The weir at Rooskey is almost covered by the high water levels. This is just because of the recent rainfall. The Shannon is a very slow flowing river and only drops a few meters between its source and Killaloe.
Yes, that’s what it is! Believe it or not. This seems, to me anyway, as the greatest insult you can give to a canal that is sadly terminally ill. Well, maybe it’s passed the ill stage by now and we can probably, officially confirm its death. We all know that the railway brought about the closure of many of the canals. But to build the railway line through this canal lock chamber seems a step too far. Locks are the hart of a canal, the levels (pounds) are the arteries.
The railway has become a living beast, no longer is it just steel and noisy diesel. Now it’s alive and it has resolved to confirm its victory over the canal. A track through the lock chamber, like a blade through the very aorta of the canal.
Okay I know it’s not the intercity express! It’s just a narrow gauge railway bringing turf (peat) to the nearby electricity power station in Shannon Bridge. But this sight at Kylemore Lock on the now derelict Ballinasloe Canal is a sad sight indeed. Much of the original lock chamber is still perfectly intact, in fact, the gates are still reasonably complete. Although nature is claiming them back and soon there will be very little left of them. I think they may have been made of oak, but it’s hard to tell. Let me know if you have any information on them, please.
This canal was closed to boat traffic in 1961, which isn’t that long ago really. However, since then the bog has claimed much of it back. The narrow gauge