I have just come back from a 3 night cruise on the River Shannon and decided to add this review as I was unable to find anything about cruising the Shannon before I left.
We went with Silver Line Cruisers based in Banagher, Co Offaly and took a Silver Crest (6 berth boat). Adjacent to Silver Line is Carrick Craft and I also saw cruisers on the river from Waveline Cruisers, Athlone Cruisers, Shannon Cruisers and Emerald Star Cruisers. These are located at various locations along the Shannon.
On our first night we went to Shannon Bridge (tied against the quay wall) and ate in the Old Fort Restaurant - met the owner who told us about the history of the wonderful building (old Napoleonic fort) and enjoyed good steaks. We also visited the local pub - "Killeens" - grocer/pub all in one.
Following morning we visited Clonmacnoise (about an hour upriver of Shannonbridge) and from there we went to Athlone. After going through the lock in early afternoon we moored at the Marina adjacent to the Radisson Blu hotel which is run by Athlone Town Council. Charge €12 per night and showers €3 each.
Sunday - return journey and we hoped to visit Shannon Harbour but having approached the lock in Shannon Harbour decided not to venture onwards by boat so we tied up and visited McIntyre's (another grocer/shop/bar all in one!) by foot (about quarter of a mile).
We returned to Banagher for our last night and ate in the Brosna Lodge Hotel.
Silver Line Cruisers were superb to deal with, very pleasant, helpful, efficient and for each boat rental you watch a safety video and get an on the water demonstration of how the boat handles. We will be returning to the River Shannon!.
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