Shannon River Boat Hire represent all of the major cruiser hire companies on the Shannon River in Ireland. We currently have 62 self-drive boats available to hire for Shannon holidays in Ireland. Boats for hire on the Shannon can sleep between 2 and 12 crew members and are listed below from the smallest 2+ berth boats to the largest 10+2 berth hire boats.
All boats for hire are fitted with every facility to allow you to live on board including a fully fitted galley with hob & oven to allow preparing and cooking of meals on board. If you don't fancy eating on board there are plenty of good pubs and restaurants in the towns and villages along the river. There's at least one bathroom and shower on board - larger boats can have up to 4 bathrooms.
Sleeps up to 4
This 2+2 berth boat is one of the most popular boats in this class due to the price, it's an older hire boat in the budget class but still very popular. All of the boats in this class would be cramped with 4 adults but ideal for two or a family with small children.
Sleeps up to 5
Commissioned between 2017 and 2020 the Horizons are the flagships of the Emerald Star fleet. A large forward stateroom, a roomy ‘fundeck’ on top-deck area and a high level of equipment are making this model the only boat of its size on Europe’s inland waterways to have such a level of comfort.
This 2+2 hire boat has a large enclosed aft well making it popular with fishermen or those with small children. The large saloon with patio doors and sunroof makes this a delightfully bright comfortable boat. Ideal for a couple but can accommodate up to 4 people.
Commissioned in 2020 and 2021, this sedan style hire boat offers the utmost in practicality with it’s easy access options and wide side decks. Straight from the bathing platform you enter the aft seating area, continue through the sliding patio doors into the saloon.
This boat is more modern and larger than most other 2/4 berth hire boats available in Ireland and the low height means that there is less need to worry about bridges.
An ideal hire boat for 2 people or a family with small children. Featuring 1 sleeping cabin and a fully equipped galley. The patio doors open onto the aft sundeck making it ideal for fishing and safe for children.
Sleeps up to 3
Ideal for couples with a single child, a Town Star boat rent features a nicely appointed private cabin forward with a double bed and a closet. The bathroom is easily accessed via the saloon, which has a spacious dining area across from the L-shaped kitchen.
Refurbished in 2017, the Tyrone is an ideal boat for a couple with a separate sleeping cabin forward. Fitted with luxuries usually only found on our larger boats - DVD player, hairdryer and inverter.
The Wave Duke has a separate sleeping cabin forward and is on a lower level with the galley and bathroom. The saloon and helm are all on the upper level so have excellent views out through the windows, making this a very sociable boat.
Sleeps up to 6
The Caprice is an ideal hire boat for parties up to six. The two en-suite staterooms are located forward, leaving lots of room in the rear for the saloon and aft deck. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity.
A Clipper canal boat can accommodate parties of six. The cabins are at the bow and stern for enhanced privacy, and they have en-suite bathrooms. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity. Ample windows keep the interior bright and cheery!
With comfortable sleeping accommodations for four people, a Consul hire boat is well suited as a cruiser for boat vacations with a couple and two children, or with two couples.
Superb for boat cruises with two couples, the Corvette sleeps a maximum of four in front and rear staterooms with en-suite bathrooms and showers. Picture windows illuminate the saloon, which has a radio/CD player..
The Horizon 2, has two en-suite cabins, albeit a smaller master cabin than the Horizon 1 (2+3) model and a wet room in the second en-suite. However, it enjoys the same saloon and sundeck space and is perfect for two couples looking for a bit more privacy or a family who would like two bathrooms.
Designed and built exclusively for Carrick Craft, this wide-beam hire boat offers the very best in four berth cruising. Easy handled and with a bright, airy feel, this a most popular boat in the budget class.
The Lake Star is one of the older boats on the river and has comfortable accommodations for a maximum of six with one double and two to four single beds. The rear cabin has a double bed and plenty of privacy—perfect for Mum and Dad!
Refurbished in 2013 the Limerick fits between the 2+ berth and 4+ berth hire boats. With a double cabin forward and a sidecabin with bunk beds it is ideal for the smaller family or where two cabins are required.
The Linssen 35.0 Aft Cabin offers a level of luxury beyond our normal boats. Built in steel in Holland using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, these boats are ideally suited for two couples or a small family.
At nearly 13m long (that's over 42 feet), the 4-berth Longford is one of the largest hire boats in the 4+ berth class, bigger than most 6-berth boats with two large double cabins, a lovely big saloon and superb galley.
Although it's one of the older boats, the Noble Chancellor is safe for children and excellent for anglers. The very spacious wheelhouse saloon opens directly into a sheltered aft deck with large floor locker for extra storage space.
This Noble Chief hire boat offers comfort to the extreme with two large en-suite cabins. Both the forward and aft cabins are of similar size and both can be a double or a twin. The cabins have extensive storage space, an ideal boat two couples.
Commissioned in 2020 and 2021 the Noble Duchess is an exceptional cruiser offering the total deluxe package having been fitted out to a very high standard. Wall mounted TVs in the master cabin and saloon and granite worktops in the galley and bathrooms.
The Noble Duke Hire Boat is a modern cruiser offering style and elegance with a flying bridge sheltered by a canvas cover (removable). The extremely large aft en-suite cabin provides lots of space and comfort. The Noble Duke is ideal for a family.
The Pénichette 1020 Flying Bridge is the Locaboat flagship model for small crews. Layout has been optimized so that there is no loss of space. Outside steering position as well as equipped upper deck will allow you to get the most out of your holiday.
The Pénichette 1120R Aft Deck offers two large forward cabins individually equipped with a handbasin, a pleasantly light and airy interior as well as a beautiful covered aft terrace-deck that extends the stay at the rear.
The Royal Mystique hire boat features a 17-inch LCD flat-screen TV/DVD player, and a media center with MP3/USB connectivity. The huge sundeck has a fixed table and cushioned seating, plus a sun canopy. Cabins have en-suite bathrooms.
The Silver Cloud hire boat boasts a totally enclosed aft deck and picnic-table area, making it a very safe area for younger family members to roam. The easy fold canopy makes low bridges simple. The centre cabin has a large, bright sitting/dining area.
The bright, spacious centre cabin has a large L-shaped seat which converts into a double bed. Steps lead up to a large aft deck with seating, whilst steps lead down from the deck to the aft bathing platform. The galley is generously equipped.
The Silver River hire boat bridges the gap between 2+ berth and 4+ berth hire boats and is ideal for fishermen or a small family. Featuring 2 sleeping cabins and a fully equipped galley. The sliding patio door opens onto the aft sundeck making it ideal for fishing and safe for children.
This stylish 6 berth hire boat is the pride of the Silverline fleet, designed for ultimate comfort and luxury. Featuring a large enclosed upper deck area with a dining table, soft seating and easy fold canopy, fully equipped galley and 2 luxury cabins.
This luxury 6 berth hire boat is ideal for 2 couples or a family. Featuring a comfortable upper deck seating area with canopy, fully equipped galley and 2 sleeping cabins.
A perfect cruiser for up to five people, ideal for young couples or a family with children. The saloon is very spacious and leads out to the aft cockpit. The Wave Princess has a 240V power supply from an inverter.
The Wexford Class is a 36' sedan cruiser with a double cabin forward and two single-bed cabins midships. The island double forward can easily be converted to 2 singles. Featuring a push-button electric toilet, separate shower, 2 fridges and four forward-facing helm-seats.
Ideal hire boat for a family with three children, the Wave Queen is the ideal 5-berth boat. With double/twin cabins forward and aft, the addition of a midships cabin with a generous single bed makes this a rare layout.
Sleeps up to 8
A classic cruiser great value for six or eight people. One double cabin, one twin cabin and one bunkbed cabin. Features include a large sun-deck with all-round seating and dual steering from the flying bridge. The Clare Class cruiser has a bow thruster for easy handling.
Three separate cabins with en-suite bathrooms give these hire boats unparalleled privacy. This model offers a variety of sleeping arrangements from single and double beds to singles that convert to doubles. The versatility of the boat is excellent!
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Elegance boasts three staterooms each fitted with single beds that convert to doubles, allowing sleeping flexibility on your boat holiday. The cabins are forward of the saloon with its two dining tables and glass sliding patio doors.
Sleeps up to 7
The Horizon 3 is a bigger boat, allowing larger parties to holiday together. It sleeps up to 7 guests with one master cabin at the end of the boat and two smaller cabins, all with the privacy of their own en-suite bathrooms. It enjoys a spacious saloon and sundeck.
The Noble Captain is ideal for a large family. The Captain has a luxury canvas cover (removable) to shelter the fly bridge. Fitted with bow thruster and with its large beam it handles like a dream and there are two easy accesses in and out of the saloon.
Noble Commander comes with three en-suite cabins. The forward cabin and the two aft cabins can either be twins or can be converted to form three double cabins. This boat has a large spacious saloon and dual steering positions both inside and out.
This boat has a single helm covered by a full easy opening canopy, GPS, depth sounder and independent heating/demisters off the engine. The interior is finished in a contemporary design wall mounted TVs in the master cabin and saloon and granite worktops in the galley and bathrooms.
The Pénichette 1165 Flying Bridge has been designed for families. This boat offers 2 comfortable cabins equipped with double beds and a third one with bunk beds as well as a completely equipped upper deck and outside steering position.
A great choice for larger parties, this hire boat hire features a large saloon and flexible sleeping options with single and double beds in the three cabins. With its easy access to the sidedecks and sundeck, the Shannon Star boat hire offers an excellent layout.
The Silver Crown hire boat boasts a totally enclosed aft deck and picnic-table area, making it a very safe area for younger family members to roam. The centre cabin has a large, bright sitting/dining area which converts into a large double bed and has two exit doors.
This stylish 8 berth hire boat is the flagship of the Silverline fleet. Ideally suited for 2 couples or a large family. Featuring a large enclosed upper deck area with table, fully removable canopy, fully equipped galley, 2 en-suite double cabins & 1 twin cabin.
This luxury 8 berth hire boat is ideal for 3 couples a large family or a group of friends. Featuring a spacious sundeck area with an outside table, all round seating, fully equipped galley & 3 en-suite double / twin cabins.
This spacious 8 berth hire boat is suitable for large families or groups. Featuring a large comfortable upper deck area with all round seating and half canopy, fully equipped galley and 3 sleeping cabins.
The Tipperary is an elegant and comfortable hire boat offering 3 large cabins with ensuite bathrooms, a large upper deck equipped with an outside steering position. Its spacious interior provides a pleasant and roomy living area.
Sleeps up to 9
Manoeuvring is simple with sideways thrusters at front and rear, making this diesel boat hire a breeze to handle! Full-size twin beds convert to doubles, and two other sleeping areas allow for a total crew of nine. The fold down beds are suitable only for a child or teenager.
One the most popular Carrick Craft hire boats with 3 double/twin cabins, all ensuite. The large flybridge and large sundeck are ideal for outdoor enjoyment. It is easily handled with the standard bowthruster.
With four cabins, Classique boat rentals sleep a maximum of eight. You've got cabins fitted with bunk beds for kids, and singles that convert to doubles. The big saloon with U-shaped love seat and large dining table has a radio/CD player with MP3/USB connectivity.
Sleeps up to 10
The Fermanagh Class hire boats are a very popular size, as they suit the larger family perfectly. With a large saloon and galley and lots of natural light, they are an ideal boat for the longer holiday.
With 4 ensuite cabins, the Horizon 4 is a spacious boat for large groups. Its roomy saloon and kitchen area opens to a rear seating area, and you will love its large sundeck with second steering position, dining area, BBQ hotplate and sunbathing area.
Our Magnifique boat hires are an ideal choice for parties up to 10. The cabins are set fore and aft to enhance privacy and huge sundeck features a fixed table and padded seats. Speakers pipe music in.
The Pénichette 1400 Flying Bridge can accommodate up to 9 adultes+1 child. This hire boat offers 4 comfortable cabins (1 with bunk beds) as well as a completely equipped upper deck and outside steering position.
The Pénichette 1500R Aft Deck offers a pleasantly light and airy interior but also 4 large cabins individually equipped with a handbasin, as well as a beautiful covered aft terrace-deck that extends the stay at the back of the boat.
This hire boat offers you well-appointed and spacious accommodations. A settee in the elegant saloon converts to a single bed, upping the total sleeping capacity to nine. The saloon has a full entertainment center. The boat was designed just for Le Boat.
Sleeps up to 12
The Horizon 5 is the largest model of the Horizon fleet and sleeps up to 12 people in 5 en-suite cabins, as well as a convertible settee in the saloon. Its spacious and fully-equipped interior & sundeck offer all the comfort and convenience you will need for a perfect holiday.
A spectacular 10 berth hire boat with 5 double/twin cabins and a convertible double in the saloon. Large galley with two ovens. Three toilet compartments with shower. Huge sundeck with seating for all guests.
This luxury 12 berth cruiser is ideal for large groups or families. Featuring a spacious sundeck area with all round seating, 5 double/twin cabins, fully equipped galley & 3 toilet /shower rooms.
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Book a cruise of 3 nights or more with Emerald Star in March or April and get 20% off
Book a short break on a Waterford Class or Fermanagh Class starting up to the end of May and get an extra night free