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The Inishcruiser, Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh

Cruising - the most fun afloat!

Northern Ireland has an abundance of lakes, canals and rivers.  Also, no shortage of facilities to ensure you have a ball cruising them.  No wonder the Fermanagh Lakelands and Shannon-Erne Waterway offer some of Europe's best charter boat holidays.

Our cruiser rental companies have unparalleled experience providing holidays afloat for everyone, from absolute beginners to families seeking safe adventure; friends, romantics, serenity lovers - anyone seeking a completely different kind of holiday experience. 

And it's so easy and affordable to arrange.  Boat hire is especially good value in our glorious spring and autumn seasons.  Choose the location you prefer, pick a local charter company (see list), select and book the fully-equipped craft to match your needs; a range of types and sizes are available.  Then arrive at the company marina, throw bags onboard, enjoy a tuition cruise, and you're away!

Cruising is the ideal way to enjoy our wonderful scenery, friendly people and fascinating culture and heritage.  And with pleasant towns and marinas along the way, you can chart your own course through uncrowded waters.  Got oodles of time?  Start at Northern Ireland's most westerly town on the Erne system, Belleek (famous for its Pottery), and cruise the scenic 350 km to Killaloe on the southern end of the River Shannon in Ireland's southwest.

No qualifications needed: You don't need a licence or experience.  Navigating inland waters is very straightforward.  Charter companies explain everything you need to know and take you on a supervised tuition trip.

Uncrowded waters: Our waterways have no commercial traffic and are among the world's least congested.

Affordable luxury: Cruising isn't just for the rich!  Even better value if you travel outside the high season, or hire as a group.

All-weather fun: Traditional arteries of Ireland's culture and commerce, our waterways are dotted with vibrant towns and villages offering a full range of visitor facilities, including wet weather activities.

Total freedom: Escape the routine.  A boating holiday in Northern Ireland sets you free as never before.

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