Do I need experience at handling a boat?
No. All of the cruiser companies we represent provide full tuition when you first take the boat, and will stick at it until you're happy that you can handle the boat.
Do I need a licence to drive a boat on the Shannon River?
No. At present no license is necessary to drive a boat on the river.
Can I hire a boat for less than a week?
Yes. Most (but not all) of the companies will let a boat for a period of three or four nights. These short breaks are subject to availability and usually can't be booked until two weeks before the cruise is due to begin but some of the larger companies are more flexible. Prices for short breaks vary from company to company - please contact us for a quote.
What's the minimum age to hire a cruiser?
The minimum age to hire a cruiser 21.
Can I take a pet on board?
Yes, but your choice of boat is severely limited by taking a pet on board as most of the cruiser companies don't allow it. Those that do allow pets will charge a fee of €50-€70 per pet.
What are the collection and return times?
Seven nights is really six and a half days as the boat can be collected from 16:00 and must be
returned by 09:00 on the last day. For short breaks most companies will allow a 14:00 collection.
Can I hire a boat at any time of year?
Yes. Although all of the cruiser companies operate from March to October only, we represent one barge company that operate all year round.