About Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon has a thriving night scene – especially at weekends. It is an excellent start for those wanting to experience the iconic Lough Key (2.5hrs away), with its castle and amazing forest activity park – great for children. It is also gateway to the Shannon-Erne waterway for those wanting a more traditional ‘canal and lock’ experience. Heading south you’re 10-12 hrs from Athlone and the Celtic burial site of Clonmacnoise.

From Carrick-on-Shannon it is:

  • 19hrs (5 locks) to our base in Portumna

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What you get on the base


Toilets and showers



Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Vacation Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical Extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Grocery packs

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D lantern

Top-deck cushions


Fun Extras

Bike hire

Gas barbecues

Angling dinghy and outboard

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue and Thu: 10am – 4pm. Sun: Closed | If there is no one at the base at a specific time during these hours, the phone number below will be diverted and an alternative number will also be displayed at the base.


Emerald Star / Le Boat
The Marina
Carrick-on-Shannon, N41 RD29
Co Leitrim


+353 (0) 719 627 621

Travel to Carrick-on-Shannon

By Train

Closest train station(s):

Carrick on Shannon: 2.5 km

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas



  • Secure parking available onsite (Pre-bookable - fees apply)
  • Unsecured parking available close by

Car rental 

Horan Airport, Kilgarriff West, Co. Mayo, Ireland (57 km) 

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Dublin: 158 km
  • Knock: 74 km
  • Belfast: 190 km

Airport Transfers

In Ireland we can arrange airport transfers for you. Standard transfers are €35 per person and run from Dublin airport to Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturdays (and any other day except Sunday – although a minimum 5 person charge applies on these other days) and from Dublin or Shannon airport to Portumna on Saturdays only. Outside of these time, a private transfer can be arranged, although different rates will apply.


Inward standard transfers are arranged to coincide with arrivals between 09.00 – 18.00. Any time outside of these times will be charged at a private rate.


On arrival at Dublin airport, if landing at Terminal 1, you will find your transport driver waiting in front of the coffee shop, and if landing at Terminal 2, you will find your driver waiting in front of the book shop. If you are travelling to Carrick-on-Shannon your driver will be from Martin Coaches and have a sign with 'Shannon - Erne - Waterways', if you are travelling to Portumna your driver will be from Kearns Transport and have a sign with 'Emerald Star or Le Boat'.


Return transfer time is before 10 am from either base. If you require a later pick up time, a private transfer rate will apply. If you have an early morning flight, you will be picked up 5 hrs prior to your flight’s departure time. (E.g. Flight time: 8am - you will be picked up from the base at 3 am. Please note this is a standard transfer rate).


Please contact our Boating Experts to book your transfer.

If you are arriving by plane or train, we can arrange for a standard transfer for you and from the base at negotiated prices. 

On Wednesday and Saturdays, the price per person applies, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays the minimum price per transfer is 200 € up to 5 persons. From 6 persons 35 € each.


Approx prices (5 persons) from: 


  • Dublin airport (DUB) 200€

Individual transfers outside these routes/times can be requested with the Sales Team.

In both cases, please contact the Sales Team via Email ([email protected]) at least two weeks prior to your holiday. Payable ahead to your Sales Contact Person.


To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.


Michael Glancy (Tel – +353 (0) 87 859 70 93)

Carrick Taxi (Tel – +353 (0) 86 823 24 24)

Eddie’s Taxi (Tel – +353 (0) 87 281 61 16)

Arrival at Carrick-on-Shannon

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


The Landmark Hotel, Tel. +353 (0) 719 622 222

The Bush Hotel – Tel. +353 (0) 719 671 000

Hollywell Country House, Tel, +353 (0) 719 621 124


Chungs – Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 888

The Oarsman Bar – Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 733

The Bushhotel – Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 014

Kens – Boyle Road – Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 500

Shamrat (Indian) – Tel. +353 (0) 719 650 934

Cyrans Riverside Inn – Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 409

Viktoria Hall – Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 320


Gift and souvenir shops

The Sweater Store, Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 801

Mulvey’s Gift Shop, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 134

Keaney’s Gift Shop, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 084



Tesco Superstore

SuperValu Glancy's


Permits are not required on the River Shannon and any rivers off it do require a permit, which can be obtained via inland Fisheries Ireland on www.permits.fishinginreland.info.  

Bring your own fishing equipment as it is not available to hire at the base. It is possible to buy equipment from the following shops: Tooman Angling and Leisure Ltd, Bridge Street: Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 872 which is situated 15 meters from the Shannon, it also provides outdoor clothing and bait etc. 

Market Days


Medical Facilities


Medical Centre, Main Street, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 091

Dr Peter Doyle, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 700



Cox’s, Bridge Street, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 158

(Emergency service after closing call, Tel. +353 (0) 719 620 167)



Noel Sweeney, Dublin Road, Tel. +353 (0) 719 621 055

Electric car charging points

Just next to the base: Postcode :N41 RD 29