The Grand Canal

Who ever said that there’s not much to see on the canals? This ten-minute video covers just a 4-kilometer stretch of the Grand Canal west from Sallins in Co Kildare. You just might be surprised at how much there is to see. So if you’ve ten minutes to spare take a look.

Royal Canal Float to the Fleadh part 2

The boats move from Abbeyshrule to Mullingar in this episode. In doing so they cross over a lovely aqueduct over the Inny river and they manage to squeeze under several bridges. Once we are safely moored up in the Royal canal harbour in Mullingar town we go and see what the Fleadh has to offer. Later we take a canoe trip up the feeder and into lough Owel.

Royal Canal Float to the Fleadh Part 1

This August the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland organised a boat rally up The Royal Canal to Mullingar for the Fleadh, It was called the “Float to the Fleadh”. Thirty five boats took on the Royal Canal and all made it successfully to Mullingar. We were one of those boats and this is our story.

Many thanks to Kevin MacLeod for his beautiful music: Pleses see the links below:

Achaidh Cheide – Celtic by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist:

Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist:

Celtic Impulse by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist:

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.

Check out our shop at where you get your hands on our book “Driftwood from the Shannon to the Marne” the humorous account of our first ever venture into the sea, and on to the French inland waterways.

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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!

Boating in Ireland – Cruise into Scarriff Harbour

Well if you want to go boating in Ireland you should check out this cruise into Scarriff Harbour. Scarriff is a mid-sized town in Co Clare. It has a super harbour a short distance up the Scarriff river that links the town to Lough Derg.

Hope you’ll join us for this cruise in great weather across Lough Derg and into the Scarriff River. Ta


River Shannon Cruise on Lough Ree

The sun shows its face for our river Shannon cruise across Lough Ree and the bit of sunshine always makes a difference. Mar gets upset when we have to go broadside to a few waves but all in all it’s a great trip. Hope you enjoy it too.