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The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland provides this listing purely for informational purposes and for the sake of completeness. No recommendation or accreditation is made or acknowledged by the inclusion of any company in this section. For further information, please contact the companies listed directly.
 

The IWAI burgee, indicates an operator who advertises in IWAI's magazine IWN.
 

 

Rent a Barge on any of the waterways below
(click on one of the maps to bring you to the relevant rental companies)
 

   

Shannon-Erne Waterway

A clickable map of the Shannon-Erne Waterway is online. Click here for articles and other useful information on the Shannon-Erne Waterway.

Generally, boats hired on the Shannon-Erne waterway can travel the Erne system, and the entire Shannon system as far south as Killaloe - essentially all of the waterways covered by the online map.  However, some barges are not suited to the larger lakes (Lower Lough Erne, Lough Ree and Lough Derg).  Check with your rental company.
 

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Riversdale Barge Holidays
Ballinamore, Shannon-Erne Waterway
Riversdale
Ballinamore
County Leitrim
Ireland


+353 (0)071 96 44 122
+353 (0)071 96 45 112

[email protected]
www.riversdalebargeholidays.com





 


 
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Corraquill Cruising Holidays
Corraquill, Shannon-Erne Waterway
Aghalane
Derrylin
County Fermanagh
BT92 9FT N. Ireland

Sean Drumm
+44-(0)28 677 48712
+44-(0)28 677 48712

[email protected]
www.corraquill-cruising.com  

4 Dutch style barges


Ideally placed at Lock 1 you can experience the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the glorious River Shannon. Alternatively cruise the stunningly beautiful Upper and Lower Lough Erne. The Dutch Barges are spacious, well appointed and backed by a seven day service. Transfers to Lock 1 available from all entry points . Bike, dinghy hire and shopping services available. Corraquill is a small private operator offering a flexible service. If you have a special request just ask and we will try our best

 


 
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Locaboat Ireland
The Marina, Ballinamore, Shannon-Erne Waterway
The Marina
Ballinamore
Co. Leitrim
Ireland


+353-(0)71 9645300
+353-(0)71 9645301


www.locaboat.com

18 French style "Penichettes", ranging in size & style from spacious 2 to 12 berth. All boats are fitted out to a very high standard with central heating, showers, fitted kitchen & radio CD on all boats.

Locaboat design & build all their own boats called "Penichettes", a cross between a small compact barge and a cruiser, in their factory in France. Locaboat have a fleet of 350 boats in 24 marinas in France, Germany, Holland & now in Ireland. Additional services such as airport transfer, bicycle hire & shopping provisions can be arranged. Technical assistance is also available 7 days of the week. Private berthage is available.
 
 

The Royal Canal

See The Royal Canal Guide for more information about The Royal Canal.   Click here for articles and other useful information on the Royal Canal.







 

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Royal Canal Cruisers
12th Lock, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Ireland

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www.royalcanalcruisers.com

1 widebeam 4-5bearth barge "Ribbontail"



 

 

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Royal Canal Holidays


Pat on +353 (0)87 635 7856 or +353 (0)87 296 7112

www.rentmybarge.com or  Visit our Facebook Page

Enjoy steering your own barge, operating 200 year old locks, navigating under beautiful stone bridges, stopping for a friendly chat with the locals.
 

 

The Grand Canal and River Barrow

The Guide to the Grand Canal is online.  Click here for articles and other useful information on the Grand Canal.  The Guide to the River Barrow is also available online.  Click here for articles and other useful information on the River Barrow.

The cruising range for barges rented on the Grand Canal and Barrow generally includes the River Shannon as far as Athlone and Portumna - check with the companies below for their regulations

 

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Jennifer's Travels
Monasterevin
Bell harbour,
Monasterevin
Co. Kildare, Ireland

Paul & Niamh Wallace
+353 (0) 86 3425546

Jenniferstravels at gmail.com
www.jenniferztravels.com

One 2/4 berth 42ft narrowboat


 

We are an established family business offering the hire of a beautiful 42ft narrowboat. Designed and built for the holiday cruising market, it offers all the comforts of home. It sleeps up to four and has a fully equipped galley, private double bed, single fold out berths, hot and cold water, toilet, whb, full size shower, peat burning stove, stereo with usb/cd/mp3.
Bicycle hire available. Moored in Monasterevin Co. Kildare, we are ideally placed to explore both the scenic and historic Grand Canal and also the magnificent River Barrow. We are easily reached, 45 minutes from Dublin, just 3 minutes off the M7 motorway (exit 14), on all major bus routes, and 100 meters from a train station. Available for, mid week or weekend breaks, weekly hire or longer if preferred. Contact Paul for a brochure by email or phone. Discounts offered to IWAI members.


 
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Larrys Barge
St Mullins
Co. Carlow,
Ireland

Laurence Nesbitt

353 87 685 2726

[email protected]
www.larrysbarge.com

One 6 berth barge

Experience the elegance and beauty of the River Barrow while cruising on your own private barge, winding its way through natural, historic landscapes. Sit back and enjoy breathtaking scenery, this is unspoilt Ireland at its best ! Charter Larry's barge with an experienced skipper for a day trip for up to six, or a three day cruise for up to four people. On our three day cruise explore woodland trails, historic sites and sleepy villages. Enjoy evenings moored along the riverbank and take in some fishing before dining on board. Larry's barge is moored at St Mullins, Co Carlow (see Cruise Trips). Unwind as you move gently through the countryside with the rhythm of the river. Day trips from St Mullins will take you through the beautiful South Carlow/Kilkenny landscape skirting the majestic Blackstairs mountains en route to Graiguenamanagh.


 
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Barrowline Cruisers
Vicarstown,
Vicarstown,
Portlaoise,
County Laois,
Ireland.

Philip Crean
+353 (0)
5786 26060 or +353 (0)87 9887241
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5786 25652


[email protected]
www.barrowline.ie

Three widebeams, two narrowboats and one day trip boat
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Barrowline Cruisers is a friendly family-owned barge hire company. We have over ten years experience in the boat hire business and provide well equipped self-drive barges, varying in size from 2 berth narrowboats to 8 berth wide beams. All our barges have central heating throughout and a wood-burning stove.
Our base on the Grand Canal is ideally located to allow you to explore the full extent of the tranquil waters of the Grand Canal and the more lively waters of the River Barrow - two totally different cruising experiences.
Weekly and short break hire available

 
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Canalways Ireland Barge Holidays
Rathangan, River Barrow
Spencer Bridge
Rathangan
County Kildare
Ireland

Karin Klinkenbergh
+353 (0)87 2433879
+353-(0)45-524-019

www.canalways.ie

6 Narrowbeam barges
2,4,6, and 8 berth narrow beam barges

Canalways Ireland Barge Holidays provide cruising holidays in remote and tranquil parts of Ireland on the Grand Canal and the recently restored Barrow River Navigation. These hidden waterways run through the Irish Midlands and South East Counties, opening up an exciting new tourist destination for the boating enthusiast. Superb quality wide and narrow beam boats, fully equipped for your comfort and safety, catering for groups of 2, 4, 6 & 8 persons. Experience life in the slow lane... maximum speed is 6 kph. All inclusive rates. Located only 50 minutes from Dublin Airport.
 

 
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Dublin Barge Hire
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2





Trish O' Grady
+353 (0)87 2739085


www.dublinbargehire.com

1 Wide Beam
4 Berth 'Scˇal Eile'

Operators Comments: Dublin Barge Hire is Dublin City Centre's first self catering cruising barge. The barge 'Scˇal Eile' is a new and exciting form of accommodation in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2. Not only is this an exclusive and unique place to stay, the barge is a form of transport as well. After 1 hour personal instruction on how to drive, moor and navigate a barge through a lock, you the guest can drive your very own barge. Guests will have access to the secure and serviced Marina in Grand Canal Dock and from here you can navigate through 7 locks up to Portobello. It is a 4 hour round trip. This historic stretch of canal was originally opened in 1796 so why not enjoy the freedom of moving the barge up and down the canal, personally navigating our 200 year old locks. 'Scˇal Eile', a 50 x 10 foot (15 x 3.1m) barge was built in 2006 to a high specification. It's warm inviting interior and its comfortable living space make this self-catering barge an ideal environment for a holiday break.
 

 


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