Boating in Ireland

Boating in Ireland isn’t only for the summer months. Cruising the Shannon river in Ireland is always a haphazard affair when it comes to the weather. But boating on the river Shannon is one of the few holidays you can enjoy even in poor weather. So join us as we go boating in Ireland in autumn.

Virgin Media One & DBB

On Tuesday 27th-Sep-20 Virgin Media One contacted us to ask if they could use footage from the Driftwood Boat Blog in a feature they were doing on the Six O’Clock Show that evening. The feature was about the River Shannon and we were delighted to allow them to use the footage. We were also very honoured that they felt our video was up to TV standards and so we gave ourselves a wee pat on the back!!!

Shannon River Cruise to Royal Canal

A Shannon River Cruise to Richmond Harbour at the Royal Canal terminus. A chance to discover some new locations to explore the next time you go on a Shannon river cruise. The river Shannon is a boaters paradise with hundreds of little ‘off channel’ locations to discover. We’ll go through a number of Shannon River locks and a some smaller ones on the Royal Canal too. Join us on one of the best river Shannon cruises ever.

The Shannon Pot

The Shannon Pot in Co Cavan is not just the source of the river Shannon, it’s the source of many legends and stories too. People have visited the Shannon Pot since it was first discovered by ancient man. The Celts believed that the pot was a portal to the spirit world and that it was home to the “Salmon of Knowledge”. Even the River Shannon itself owes its name to this mystical place.

Shannon River Cruise to Kilglass Lough

Join us on a super Shannon River cruise to Kilglass Lough, one of the famed Carnadoe lakes. There is a narrow passage in the reeds on the western shore of Lough Boderg that leads you on a wonderful Shannon River cruise of discovery, filled with reed lined, un-spoilt natural beauty. This is a special place, reserved only for the boater who is prepared to take the time to go off the main Shannon River in search of timeless tranquillity. This is probably one of the best river cruises in Europe. So treat yourself by joining us on this River Shannon cruise to Kilglass Lough

River Shannon Boating to Lough Allen

A family holiday that takes in some River Shannon boating is hard to beat. This episode we’re cruising to Lough Allen one of the large lakes on the River Shannon. I’ve heard people say that you can’t rely on the weather, but a river Shannon boating holiday is one of the few holidays that you can enjoy even in poor weather. A day spent on a river Shannon cruise, and meandering this waterway, is the best relaxation you will ever get. So check this episode when the river Shannon is seen in the usual Irish weather! Hope you’ll enjoy, and maybe consider river Shannon holidays by boating, fishing or even camping for you and your family? thanks for watching.

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Lesser Seen Lough Key

An introduction to some lesser-seen Lough Key treats. Driftwood takes in some of the sites of this magnificent boating location at the northern end of the Shannon Navigation. Lough Key also has a caravan and camping park so even if you don’t have a boat it’s still very accessible.

Lough Key

Lough Key is at the northern end of the Shannon Navigation on the Boyle River. The lake has six public moorings and is probably one of the prettiest lakes on the whole system. With over thirty islands and several magical castles, Lough Key is simply a boaters paradise. Come along and join us on this short boat trip on one of Ireland’s greatest Cruising Ireland’s river Shannon in the sun, look at what you’re missing! Episode #2 https://youtu.be/M28bwZF9070 boating lakes.

Cruising the French Canals

We don’t often put up videos about cruising the French canals, however, this is an exception in exceptional times. We are in lockdown in our house and can’t even visit the boat. But that’s a very small sacrifice compared to the sacrifice many of our health care workers are making. So hope this will be a small distraction for you, and please enjoy it.

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Inland Waterways Boating to Killeens Bar – Pub

The Irish Inland waterways are probably the best cruising ground in the world, and certainly the best inland waterways in Europe. Even in this awful wet weather. But we try to show the river experience as it is, and sometimes our inland waterways can get quite a bit of rain. But without rain, we would not have these magnificent rivers and lakes. We end up in Killeen’s Bar or Pub if you prefer, Sadly Killeen’s will be closing for good very soon. What a pity that is. Hope you enjoy the video.

What we thought of Lough Derg

We spent most of the 2019 season boating on Lough Dreg, so here’s what we thought of Lough Derg, what we learned from our time there and a few tips we’d like to pass on to you.

Lough Derg is a large lake so it’s worth doing a bit of research before you head out on it in a boat. I hope this short video will be of some help to you and also to help make your holiday a little more enjoyable.

Here is what we thought of the Shannon’s largest lake!