Restaurants and Food

BelturbetErne Bistro, The Lawn, Belturbet049 9522443“Absolutely excellent.”
BelturbetThe Seven Horse Shoes Hotel
049 952 2166
BallinamallardEncore Steak House
66 Main St., Ballinamallard
028 6638 8606Book Fri, Sat, Sun. Mighty steaks, keen prices, big quantities, nothing nouvelle about this place! ££
IrvinestownThe Hunting Lodge, Derrynanny Irvinestown028 6862 1863Superb for Sunday lunch but book three to four weeks in advance. ££
KilladeasManor House Hotel
028 6862 2211Brilliant at night. ££££
BellanaleckThe Moorings028 6634 8328“Excellent food at very reasonable prices”
IL, 02/04
BellanaleckThe Sheelin028 6634 8232
CarrybridgeCarrybridge Hotel
171 Innishmore
Rd Lisbellaw Fermanagh
028 66387148“Can use dining room or eat in bar. Average meal £10.” IL, 02/04
EnniskillenOscars, 29 Belmore Street,028 6632 7037Smallish theme restaurant in Belmore Street. Great garlicky menu. £££
EnniskillenBlakes of the Hollow – 6 Church Street028 6632 2143
EnniskillenFrancos, Queen Elizabeth Road028 6632 4183Italian. Need to book at weekends. ££££
EnniskillenThe Linen Hall, 13 Townhall Street028 66324055Part of the Wetherspoons chain, which mimics English pubs, although owned by an Ulsterman, is good for a meal and a beer. £
EnniskillenThe Crows Nest (aka Jim’s Inn)
12 High St.
028 6632 5252In the High Street, Enniskillen. Atmospheric, cooking traditional, solid. ££
Lusty Beg Island, Boa IslandLusty Beg Island Restaurant028 6863 2032
Garadice Lake
(nr Ballinamore)
Swan Island Animal Farm & Restaurant with its own moorings on L Garadice
049 4333065“The food was excellent and reasonably priced. It’s a small family run restaurant. It is also excellent for children as the owners have created a small petting type zoo around the restaurant (donkeys, goats, rabbits, various birds etc).”
KeshcarriganAnthias on the Carrick side of the village071 9642555”The owners are Ricky & Maureen, both chefs. Menu is modern Irish/European with an Asian touch. Sunday lunch, Mondays closed, evenings Tuesday to Saturday from 18.30. Consistently good and well worth a visit either by water or by land.”
KeshcarriganCanal View Restaurant071 9642404“Good home cooking at reasonable prices.”
BallyconnelThe Angler’s Rest
071 9642404“superb steaks and excellent for Sunday lunch.” 04/2009
Convent Avenue,
071 964 1125“Excellent meal, excellent value” RH 08/04
DrumshanboAllendale restaurant071 9641125
Leitrim VillageThe Leitrim marina Hotel,
071 9623644
Leitrim VillageThe Barge,071 9620807“Solid and reliable – good food in nice surroundings”, M.S. (08/03)
KnockvicarDonnellans pub & restaurant at Cleen near Knockvicar,071 9667016(They will deliver to a boat)
Carrick-on-ShannonVictoria Hall, Quay Road,
FINE EURASIAN CUISINE Restaurant, Wine Bar and Gallery.
071 96 20320,
087 2575513
“Superb Thai-style food – best Thai green curry I’ve had in years – busy kitchen visible to the diners with beautiful aromas hitting you every few minutes – ’twas a pleasure to watch the cooks enjoying their work. Not cheap, but worth it – we’ll be back.” MS 02/04 €€€ .
Carrick-on-ShannonPuccinis,071 9620333“Excellent Italian fare”
Carrick-on-ShannonShamrat Indian Restaurant upstairs over Beirnes Butchers Shop071 9650934“Excellent Indian – great hazaree chicken – takeout also”, MS
Carrick-on-ShannonKen’s Oriental Restaurant
beside Glancy’s Waterfront Bar on the Roscommon side
071 9621500
Carrick-on-ShannonThe Oarsman Bar & Restaurant,
Bridge Street
071 9621733“Very high standard of food, great selection, menu changes every 3-4 months, prices reflect standard of food and service. It is essential to book a table prior to arrival.” MH, 02/04
Carrick-on-ShannonWheats in the Market Yard071 9650525
Carrick-on-ShannonBush Hotel071 9620014
Carrick-on-ShannonLandmark Hotel071 9622222
Carrick-on-ShannonCryans Bar & Restaurant071 9620409“Our party consisting of 4 adults and 5 children had pints, 1/2 pints, soup and sandwiches all for less than €40.00 and excellent service into the bargain. Very children friendly. … CRYANS get my full marks for Sunday”, KJH 07/2003
Carrick-on-ShannonDamian Coffeys Pastry Case071 9620929
Carrick-on-ShannonChungs Chinese Restaurant071 9621888
(near Boyle)
Cromlech Lodge, Castlebaldwin,
Near Boyle, County Sligo –
071 65155“Excellent classy food”, €€€€
JamestownThe Cottage Restaurant,
071 962 5933“Overlooking the weir”
DromodHarkins Bistro,
Dromod Harbour, Dromod
071 9658718
RooskeyThe Shannon Key West Hotel
071 963 8800Beside the bridge in Rooskey.
TarmonbarryKeenan’s043 26052/26098“This is one to visit when moored above or below the lock. A pub and restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere. Good food “
TarmonbarryThe Purple Onion
043 59919“Superb food.”
LecarrowThe Yew Tree090 6661255Traditional food with a modern twist, the emphasis being on good quality, locally sourced food.
GlassonThe Wineport0902 85466“Delightful lakeside restaurant with its own jetty. A great welcome and excellent food. A real treat.”, €€€€
GlassonGlasson Village Restaurant0902 85001
GlassonGrogan’s Pub090 6485158“Good meals”
Hodson BayHodson Bay Hotel0902 92444
AthlioneLe Chateau, St. Peters Port, Athlone0902 94517
AthloneHatters, Custume Place, Athlone0902 73077“They sent me a menu which seems interesting. Plenty of pasta, some seafood, various grills. Wouldn’t mind trying some of those desserts either.” €€€
AthloneThe Olive Grove, Custume Place, Athlone.0902 76946
AthloneKin Khao Thai
Abbey Lane, Athlone
09064 98805Top Class Thai Cuisine
AthloneTop Deck Bistro
Church Street, Athlone (upstairs next door to the Genoa Café)
09064 73263Nautical themed restaurant. Very wide menu. Great seafood, steaks, pasta & fajita’s
AthloneThe Left Bank Bistro,
Fry Place, Athlone
0902 94446“Excellent and tasty – even the children’s meal was beautifully presented – and it’s just 50yds from the boat if you moor between the lock and the bridge.” M.S. (08/03), €€
Fry Place, Athlone
“Superb Pizzas, great atmosphere, M.S. (08/03)
ShannonbridgeThe Old Fort
090 9674973“I would recommend it to fellow boaters (and non-boaters). A few of us had a good meal here at the weekend. It’s right on the west side of the bridge in a fantastic old Napoleonic era fort.”
ShannonbridgeKilleen’s Village Tavern090 9674112
BanagherThe Vine House0509 51463
BanagherHeidi’s Coffee Shop,
Crank House,
Banagher, Co Offaly.
0509 52155“… under EUR15 for the steak with mountains of chips, mushrooms, onions, sauce. Even son’s appetite for steak and chips was defeated. Excellent value”, BG (06/03).
BanagherRoyal Shannon Hotel, West End, Banagher
0509 51101/51306Only a few yards from the harbour.
BallinasloeKariba’s Restaurant & Coffee House, 7 Society Street, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway.
Prop. John Ward
0905 44830“Great food, pleasant staff, well worth the few minutes walk from the Harbour” C.B.
BallyshruleClonmoylan Holiday Homes and Restaurant087 7974079
Co. Galway
An Bialann, Portumna0509 41929
PortumnaDalton’s090 9741929“Wide ranging offer from all day breakfast to full evening menu; good value!”
wW067 22147“Solid and reliable – good food and nice atmosphere” MS (08/03)
Co. Tipperary
The Derg Inn067 22037“Excellent food (we ate there three times in a week as it was so good!). Need to book at weekends.” DH (08/03) €€
Mountshannon, Co. ClareNoel’s061 927 482Very friendly, good atmosphere, great food. Need to book at weekends €€€
Mountshannon, Co. ClareAn Cupán Caifé061 927275
DromineerWhiskey Still, Dromineer, Nr. Nenagh.067 24129“A bustling, welcoming pub with a small restaurant and good food.”€€
DromineerThe Crows Nest, Dromineer Bay Hotel, Dromineer, Nr. Nenagh067 24114This is the pub attached to the hotel. Generally good food. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. €€
GarrykennedyLarkins067 23232Always reliable and very well run.
ScariffMacRuaidhri’s Restaurant
061 921999
Killaloe/BallinaThe Cherry Tree, Killaloe/Ballina (it’s on the Ballina side)061 375688“Expensive, wonderful very classy food, home made chocolates, great service. I loved it.” €€€€
KillaloeGooser’s Bar & Eating House061 376791“Good bar food”
Kilgarvan, BallinderryBrocka-on-the-water, Kilgarvan Quay Ballinderry Co Tipperary
see website,
067 22038“We have had a few excellent meals there over the years. A bit expensive but happy to pay the price.”
MoyvalleyFurey’s Pub0405 51185“Some of the finest food in Ireland can be had in this unique pub. It rolls back the years steeped in history and is well worth a visit.”(DW 10/03)
Note: Locations on the Barrow-Line of the Grand Canal are listed below under “River Barrow”:
TullamoreThe Tea Room @ the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre
Bury Quay, Tullamore
TullamoreWindmill Restaurant At The Tullamore Court Hotel0506 46666
TullamoreThe Bridge House0506 21704
Athy, Co KildareLotus Jasmine, 6 Stanhope St, .059 8634901“Excellent food, excellent service. Very friendly. Very good house wines.” €€
Athy, Co KildareJ-1Breakfast, snacks, main courses, pink lemonade and an unusual range of fillings for baguettes, paninis and sandwitches. €
LeighlinbridgeLord Bagenal Inn,
059 9721668“A compulsory stop when cruising the Barrow – has its own marina”, MS
GraiguenamanaghCafé Duisce0503 24988 / 24986
GraiguenamanaghWaterside Guesthouse & restaurant, The Quay
0503 24246
New 421723

Children’s Activities

+353 (0)71 96 44091
Pet Farm, BallinamoreSwan Island Open Farm (on Garadice Lough, southern shore)
Mr Pat Bradley, Corrawallen, Ballinamore, Leitrim.
+353 (0)49 4333065
Lough AllenLough Allen Outdoor Pursuits Centre –
Canoeing, windsurfing, hill walking, equestrian etc.
+353 (0)71 96 43292
Battlebridge, Co. Roscommon (at start of Lough Allen canal)Swings and Slide at Berne’s of Battlebridge
+353 (0)71 96 50824
Mooring on site
Acres Lake Amenity Area, Drumshanbo, Co. LeitrimSwimming Pool, slides, swings, tennis, etc.
Mooring on site
+353(0)71 96 20005
Horse Riding, DrumshanboMoorlands Equestrian & Leisure, Curraghill,, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 41500
Bicycle Hire, Drumshanbo, Co. LeitrimMorans Bicycle Hire, Convent Avenue, Drumshanbo,
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 41139
Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.350 hectares of woodland, parkland etc. Playground with all the usual accouterments!
Snacks/ice cream available in summer.
+353 (0)79 62363
Mooring on site
Cavan & Leitrim Railway, Dromod,Open all year – Steam trains run at the weekends.
Located 300m from Dromod Harbour –
+353 (0)71 96 38599
Horse Riding, LeitrimDoherty’s Trekking Centre, Leitrim village,
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 20853
Horse Riding, Carrick on ShannonLisnagat Riding Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 20598
Horse Riding, DrumshanboMorelands Equestrian Centre, Drumshanbo, Leitrim, Co. Leitrim.
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 41792
Swimming, Carrick on ShannonCarrick-on-Shannon Swimming Pool, , Co. Leitrim.
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 21400 –
Horse Riding, RooskyHayden Equestrian Centre, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim.
Tel. +353 (0)71 96 38049
(located ~3 miles from Roosky)
Coosan Point playgroundBancon jetties with space for up to 6 boats alongside – it is safe to moor on the inside, nearest the wall. There is a children’s playground, swings, slide etc. Of course, the Lough Ree Inn at Coosan is a welcome port of call too.
Clonmacnoise & West Offaly RailwayClonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway, Blackwater Works,
Shannonbridge, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
+353 (0)90 96 74450
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PortumnaA wonderful playground with the ultimate climbing frame can be found near the Castle, directly behind the castle from the mooring.

Fishing and Angling

Central Fisheries
Shannon Fishery
Fishing on Dublin’s Canalsarticle
Irish Federation of Pike Angling
Rivers of
National Coarse Fishing Federation of
Go Fishing
Lough Allen

Well, why bother with our own list, the Central Fisheries Board claims to have the definitive list of all fishing tackle suppliers

Tooman Angling & Leisure Ltd,
Bridge St, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Tel. (0)7196 21872
Ray Duithie,
Old Forge Banagher,
Angling Advisor,
Bait Stockist and Accommodation
Tel: 0509 51504
Home Field and Stream – 18 Church Street – Enniskillen – N. Ireland
Phone (UK) 028 66322114 –
(RoI) 048 66322114 –
(Int) +44 28 66322114
Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies
8 St. Fiacc’s Terrace,
Graiguecullen, Carlow, Co. Carlow.
05991 37664 or 087 2257452


Seaweedwww.seaweed.ieNot strictly inland waterways, but here’s more than you could ever need to know about seaweed.
Friends of the Irish
Bats on Irish WaterwaysBats and Irish Waterways, Dr Niamh Roche – article fromIWN Autumn 2001
IWAI Waterway Walks by David Algoe
Irish Wildlife
Dragonfly your dragonfly identification guide which makes for a good activity for kids of all ages (3 to 103) while cruising the rivers and canals.
Batty Holidays – all about bats, common on our waterways.
Mystery Animals of