River Shannon Boating to Portumna

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!

 

River Shannon Boating to Banagher

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.

 

 

River Shannon Boating Athlone to Shannonbridge

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.

 

 

 

 

River Shannon Cruise in pretty lousy weather

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.

 

A Train going through a canal Lock?

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.

Train in the lock
A train in the old lock chamber on the Ballinasloe 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.

One of the lock gates at Kylemore lock on the Ballinasloe Canal
One of the lock gates at Kylemore lock on the Ballinasloe Canal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Cruise to River Shannon – Low Bridges & High Water

On this cruise to the River Shannon, we have to pass under some pretty low bridges. The Shannon Erne Waterway is in flood following the recent heavy rainfall. Our Cruise to the Shannon is not easy with low bridges and the River Shannon itself is also very high. The higher water level brings with it some unexpected problems, it’s not just the problems squeezing under the bridges, the likelihood of running aground is also much higher.


 

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Shannon Erne Waterway Locks – So easy to use!

This has been the most challenging video we have mad to date. It was shot over five separate days. Mainly because it has lots of short shots and even though we had a long list of shots to take we still ended up returning to take some again. Add to that, that it is shot in two separate locations, firstly on the Shannon Erne Waterway in Leitrim and then some shots on the Royal Canal in Longford. The video is about the different types of canal locks but also about how they all operate on the same principles. I have to say that we really enjoyed filming it, it was challenging at times too.

Sunset on Lough Garadice
Sunset on Lough Garadice

 

Took this pic on Lough Garadice last weekend, which is part of the Shannon Erne Waterway.

Hope you’ll enjoy the video and please share it on your social media. Ta

H&M

River cruise to Lough Garadice on the Shannon Erne waterway. #50

Join us on this cruise on the Irish waterways from Ballinamore to Lough Garadice, one of Ireland’s favourite fishing lakes. Ballinamore is in county Leitrim and has a rich history. It’s a major town on the waterway in general and the largest town on the Shannon Erne Waterway.

There is no shortage of good places to eat, and some very good pubs too. I didn’t count them but there is a pub for every age group and taste. The river weir is in the town and there are two public moorings, the one we stayed in is on the outskirts of the town and has a full service block. We were the only boat there except for a Waterways Ireland boat. The second one is right in the town centre.

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Our river Shannon cruise to lough Erne, on canals, rivers & lakes. #49

We left the River Shannon at Leitrim and set out on a cruise to Lough Erne, via the towns of Ballinamore and Ballyconnel. These two great waterways are linked together by a series of canals, rivers and lakes called The Shannon Erne Waterway (or SEW if you prefer acronyms!)

Originally this waterway was called The Ballinamore and Ballyconnel Canal after the two main towns along its course.

This waterway was restored to navigation in 1994 and it is a kind of high tech waterway with everything being operated by a smart card.

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Shannon cruises are awesome, but Lough Erne is beckoning us. #48

River Shannon Cruises come in lots of types; on this one we’re going to cruise to Lough Erne along the Shannon Erne Waterway. Each week we publish another episode as we document our River Shannon cruises through the Irish countryside to Lough Erne and beyond.

Undoubtedly River Shannon cruises and the whole navigable waterway system both north and south are the best cruising grounds anywhere in Europe, the Irish waterways have everything. Lough Erne is our destination for the next few weeks and we are documenting all the wonderful sights along the way for you to enjoy.

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Shannon Erne Waterway canal boat trip Leitrim – Kilclare (2018) #47

Join us on the Shannon Erne Waterway as we take a canal boat trip from Leitrim village up through the locks to Kilclare.

This canal links the River Shannon with Lough Erne, it has sixteen locks and this waterway consists of still water canal, lakes and river sections all within sixty three kilometres.

In this video we take on the still water canal stretch from Leitrim up through eight locks to Kilclare. Kilclare is a lovely stop off, there is a basic shop and a nice pub the Sheemore Inn that does food all day. It’s just before the summit level too so you have all the hard work done by the time you get there!

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