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Review of River Shannon

River Shannon
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Owner description: This legendary river has figured prominently in the imaginations of Irish artists like James Joyce.
Reviewed July 23, 2012

This bar restaurant is excellent - we stopped by chance and we were not going to stay as it seemed a bit unkempt and needed some TLC but as we had a long journey ahead of us we decided to give it a go. We were not disappointed the food and service were outstanding - all home cooked desserts also - home made chips would have been nice though. Overall don't be put off by the decor etc - the food is good and it is very reasonable.

4  Thank ArdMhacha
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We have just returned from a week's one way cruise from Carrick on Shannon to Banagher. Its difficult to write a fair review, because one of us loved it & one of us didn't!! We booked with Carrick Craft, who were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. The staff were unfailingly friendly, helpful & informative - from those we spoke to by phone, those on reception at check in & out, & those who took us out for our trial run on the water before letting us loose on our own. The online tutorials we were invited to do from home to save time on arrival were excellent, & the charts & info provided were of a very high standard. The boat itself was small (we'd booked a Carlow class which is only designed to accomodate 2 people) but a miracle of ingenuity -: plenty of storage space in tucked away nooks & crannies (although we able to leave our empty cases behind for collection on our return); perfectly adequate kitchen facilities; amazingly efficient shower (but it did turn the whole bathroom into a wet room, so don't forget to take out everything you don't want to get wet - we left the spare toilet paper in there & it remained a sodden mess for the rest of the holiday!) We decided that the sleeping area (under the helm) looked a bit caustrophobic & choose instead to convert the dining area - a minor inconvenience, but worth it for the extra breathing space. Unfortunately, what really let us down was the weather. We had 2 half days of sunshine, 3 days of unrelenting rain, & in between grey, cold & windy. Not anyone's fault, of course - you just have to consider that this can often be the case in Ireland, & decide whether you want to take the risk before booking your holiday. The other aspect of the experience that failed to live up to our expectations was the lack of nice places to moor up & explore. The banks of the river are such that its only safe to stop at official harbours & marinas, which can be 2 - 3 hours apart, & unfortunately many of the villages where this is possible have quite a sad, run-down atmosphere - due to the current state of the Irish economy, no doubt. Several of the pubs, bars, restaurants etc listed in the holiday planner provided are no longer serving food, or only on certain nights, or have closed down completely. We had hoped for cosy evenings in lively pubs with good music & craic, but we didn't find that very often. From a food point of view, non-meateaters beware : menus choices are like going back 20 years! We did find a couple of good places - notably The Locke in Athlone, Flynn's in Banagher & An Tain in Ballinasloe (which will get their own reviews as soon as Tripadvisor lists them) We had a very pleasant stop off at Clonmacnois (see seperate review) & saw lots of nice scenery, as well as swans, herons, horses & cows; we loved being lulled to sleep by the sound of rain on the boat roof; & generally enjoyed the whole peaceful & relaxed pace of life. Its not the holiday for everyone, but if after reading all this you still think you can cope then go for it!

8  Thank Gaz_n_Gill
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

It was our first time on the River Shannon; we came with a friend who has been doing this for about 35 years, say no more! I have to say I had my doubts as we have never done this kind of thing before, but we absolutely loved it, even though the weather wasn’t great. I can only imagine it must be wonderful here when the sun is shining, what an amazing place, we can’t wait to go back.

By the way we booked through Emerald Star and cant fault the boat or the service they provided.

4  Thank Barney026
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

My wife and I have been boating regularly on the Shannon for nearly 20 years now, and have used Carrick Craft and Emerals Star mostly, with the occasional deviation. However, this year we decided to try out Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the first time, and whilst at it, have a change from our usual boat rental firm.
This time we used a family firm, ABC Boats, just north of Enniskellin, on the northern shore of Lower Lough Erne, run by Mickey & Liz McCaldin. We hired the Inver Duke, a Haines 35, and I have to say it was perhaps the best equipped boat we have ever had the pleasure to use. Spotlessly clean, it also had other bits of equipment not normally found on boats rented out by the "big boys" - such as bow thruster, depth sounder, compass, fuel guage, water tank guage, extra large fridge etc. The top deck steering position had a canopy in place, something that has not been available with with the big boys, and all the windscreen wiper blades were in reasonable condition too..! We had one small problem with one of the sea toilets, but a call to base produced an engineer within the hour, problem solved.
The fact that our boating holiday coincided with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Katiya from the USA did nothing to detract from our enjoyment of a relaxing holiday.
This family firm are EXCELLENT, and I can recommend them highly..!

22  Thank brainerd62
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

just back from four nights on the shannon,cruised from banagher with carrickcraft-great people!we went to shannonbridge the first night-great pub there at end of main street on left hand side.then on to athlone,good shopping and great variety of restaurants.back down the river and up the river suck to ballinasloe for a night -lovely quiet river and fab scenery,last night spent in banagher-lovely early bird meal in the brosna lodge-great value-and drinks craic and music in very quaint houghs pub,also the railway bar.great experience all in all and the lovely people we met all through the trip topped it off.carrickcraft staff outstandingly helpful and nice,will be back soon!

6  Thank fionph
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