Dotted with shimmering lakes and rivers, County Cavan is a genuine boater’s paradise. The Rivers Shannon and Erne and the Shannon-Erne Waterway (the canal linking the two) provide hours of boating time through peaceful countryside with many small villages to be visited along the way. Cruisers can be hired from Emerald Star in Belturbet, Co Cavan and from Kingfisher Boating Holidays, also in Belturbet.
The Shannon – Erne Waterway
The Shannon-Erne Waterway links the great rivers of Shannon and Erne, connecting Counties Cavan and Leitrim. It traverses 62.5 kms of lake and river and still canal sections. The waterway has 16 fully automatic locks, 34 stone bridges and 6 fully serviced mooring areas and is Europe’s longest navigable Inland waterway.
The waterway exquisitely weaves together the streams, rivers and lakes picturesquely scattered between Leitrim Village and the River Erne. The Waterway meets the Erne at Belturbet in County Cavan and from there; the vast expanse of the River Erne is open to you. The variety of landscape and wildlife, as well as the great historical and archaeological sites en route, guarantee your enjoyment of this superb and peaceful waterway.
The River Erne
Eighty-four km of the majestic River Erne is navigable from Belturbet to Belleek in Co Fermanagh. There is only one lock on the system, Portora Lock. Services are located at many locations along the river. It is truly unspoilt and tranquil leisure oriented expanse of water for boating enthusiasts and game and coarse anglers.
For maps and guides to both the Shannon – Erne Waterway and River Erne, visit the website of Waterways Ireland www.waterwaysireland.org or the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland www.iwai.ie