About Portumna

The whole of the Shannon and Erne is great for fishing, but Lough Derg, a stone’s throw south of Portumna, is a fisherman’s paradise and probably the best fishing spot in Ireland. This spectacular stretch of water is huge and you could easily spend a week exploring the many pretty villages along its shores. Must-see Clonmacnoise, an ancient Celtic burial site, is just 6 hrs to the north of Portumna.

From Portumna it is:

  • 19hrs (5 locks) to our base in Carrick-on-Shannon

What you get on the base

Services

  • Toilets and showers will be closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Thank you for your understanding. Customers should use facilities on board their boats.
  • Laundry 
  • Wifi

Facilities

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Waste Bins
  • Waste pump out
  • Gasoll

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 'Holiday 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)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs

Fun extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues
  • Angling dinghy and outboard

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.

Hotels

County Arms Hotel Birr Co. Offaly (21.8 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 579 120 791 https://www.countyarmshotel.com/
Carlton Shearwater Hotel (35 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 90 9 630 400 https://www.shearwaterhotel.com/
Lough Rea Hotel and Spa (35 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 918 800 88 www.loughreahotelandspa.com
Abbey Court Hotel & Spa (30 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 674 11 11 www.abbeycourt.ie

Restaurants

Ferry Inn Restaurant/ Bar- 8 minute walk from base (over bridge)
O’Meara’s Restaurant/Bar – 10 minute walk into town +353 (0) 909 741 143
Le Bouchon Restaurant- 10 minutes into town-+353 (0) 909 742 333
Beehive Restaurant- 10 minutes into town Roma takeaway- 10 minutes into town
Bethlehem Pizza restaurant- 10 minutes into town (back street of Portumna)
Oriental City Chinese Restaurant- centre of town
Supermacs fast-food restaurant- centre of town
Modena Indian Italian and Irish food Restaurant - centre of town +353 (0) 909 759 568

Shops

O’Meara’s Supervalu Large Shop - Centre of Town - Tel. +353 (0) 909741578 

Local Market

Friday Morning-Country Market in Town Hall- Home grown and baked produce  Saturday Morning (Small Market) 

Fishing

A fishing licence is not required if you plan to fish in the Shannon. However, a licence is required for fishing in the rivers that flow into the Shannon. This licence can be purchased along the way and the base staff gladly informs you where you can get it. 

Tourist Info

Portumna & Area Tourist Office,

Irish Workhouse Centre,

St. Brigid’s Road,

Portumna.

Doc/Vets

Doctors

Dr S Ahmed Tel. +353 (0) 909 741 013

Dr Dubby Tel. +353 (0) 909 741 100

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue and Thu: 10am – 4pm. Sun: Closed

Address

Emerald Star
Bridge Road
Portumna
Co Galway
Ireland

Telephone

+ 353 (0) 909 741 120

Travel to Portumna

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

 

These are €35 per person (oneway) and run from Dublin airport to Portumna on Saturdays (and any other day except Sunday – although a minimum 5 person charge applies on these other days). Outside of these time, a private transfer can be arranged, although different rates will apply. Please enquire.

 

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.

 

Return transfer time is before 10 am from either base. 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.) This is charged at the same standard transfer rates as above. If you require pick up later than 10am, a private transfer rate will apply. Please enquire.

 

Approx price (4 persons) from: 

  • Shannon Airport (SNN)190€
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)240€

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 number below.

 

Ambrose Sheehy (00353 (0) 909 741 140)
Kieran Madden (00353 (0) 872 990 509)
Larry’s Hackney (00353 (0) 872 961 560)
Gene Forde (00353 (0) 872 434 311)

By Train

Closest train stations:

  • Nenagh: 30 km
  • Ballinasloe: 34 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 https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe

 

Directions from Galway City

Take motorway to Loughrea. From Loughrea to Killimor Killimor- Portumna.

 

Directions from Dublin Airport

 Take Motorway M50. Exit at Athlone/ Galway. Motorway to Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe exit for Portumna. Directions from Shannon Airport: Take Motorway to Limerick City. Follow signs for Dublin. Exit at Nenagh for Borrisokane. Follow direct to Portumna.

 

Directions from Cork Airport

Take city bypass following signposts to Limerick. In Limerick take bypass of city following signs to Dublin/ Nenagh. In Nenagh take exit for Borrisokane and follow direct to Portumna

 

Directions from Knock Airport

Follow signs to Claremorris, Claremorris to Tuam, Tuam to Claregalway, Turn left in Claregalway and go to oranmore, take left exit at first roundabout and first left at next roundabout following signs for Dublin/Loughrea. By pass Loughrea following signs for Ballinasloe/Dublin. Approx 3km from Loughrea turn right following signs for Killimor/Portumna. Enter Portumna.

 

Directions from Rosslare Port

Follow signs for Kilkenny City, From Kilkenny to Johnstown, Johnstown to Borris-in-ossery. From Borris-in-ossery to Roscrea, Roscrea to Birr and Birr to Portumna

 

Parking

Secure Parking (pree-bookable extra - fee applies)

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Galway: 62 km
  • Shannon: 94 km
  • Dublin: 162 km
  • Knock: 119 km
  • Cork: 178 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 Wednesdays (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.

Arrival at Portumna

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