Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding our boating holiday services.
Do you offer a transfer service?
Yes! We offer transfers from any of the airports in Ireland. You can book a standard transfer or a private transfer. A standard transfer will be a communal transfer with other holiday makers throughout the Erne and the Shannon and a private transfer will be your very own transport direct to our marina. You can book your transfers at the time of booking or at a later stage. Prices are listed below. Please note we will need your flight numbers, arrival and departure times.
Transfers costs per person and approx journey times
|Travelling Time||1hr 45min||2hrs 30min||2hrs|
|Private Single (max 10)||£215||£215||£200|
|Private Single (max 16)||£340||£340||£320|
Belfast and Knock group transfers Saturday only
All transfers after 19.00 will be charges at private rates
All Sunday and Bank Holiday transfers are private rates only
All Monday, Tuesday,Thursday and Friday transfers have a minimum combined charge of £135 per single journey.
What airlines fly to Ireland?
There are lots of low cost airlines flying in to Belfast International, George Best Belfast City Airport, Knock Airport and Dublin Airport. The routes change regularly but below are a list of airlines that you may find useful.
Do you offer a grocery service?
Yes! You can have you groceries onboard for your arrival. Complete the grocery order form and send it to us at least 7 days before your arrival date and your food provisions will be onboard for your arrival.
Do you need any experience or is a licence required?
You need no experience or licence to drive any of our boats. We give a full demonstration on your arrival and answer any questions you may have. You will be shown all the workings of the boats interior and exterior followed by a detailed explanation of the navigation charts. After any questions have been answered you will be brought for a demonstration cruise in your boat. During the outing you will be guided in how to manoeuvre the vessel and how to moor up. You will find onboard the Captain’s Handbook in which you will find all sorts of information from what to pack to advice about safety and boat handling.
Are towels and bed linen required?
All bed linen is on-board including duvets, pillows, blankets, hand towels and bath towels (one per person).
Were can you moor overnight?
There are lots and lots of moorings on islands and on the mainland throughout the waterway. You can also stay overnight in Enniskillen, Kesh, Belleek, Ballenaleck, Belturbet and Ballyconnell on the Erne system and many more towns and villages on the Shannon system.
Is there a charge to moor your boat?
There is no charge for mooring your boat at the any of the public moorings. There are a few private moorings that charge a nominal fee to moor overnight and this includes use of their facilities (leisure complex etc).
What is there to do in the area and are there many restaurants?
There are lots to do and see throughout the waterway and the Captain’s Handbook will show you many of these. This booklet will also give you a brief guide to local restaurants and you can find more information at the local tourist office in Enniskillen or by calling our reception during your stay.
Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism www.fermanaghlakelands.com
+44 (0) 2866 323110
Is galley equipment supplied?
All of our hire boats are fully equipped with galleys (including refrigerator and gas cooker with oven and grill), hot and cold water, heating and lighting. Cutlery, crockery, glasses and kitchen utensils are provided.
Is there access to shops on the waterway?
You can bring your boat in to many of the towns on the waterway including Belleek, Kesh, Enniskillen, Ballyconnell and Balinamore on the Erne system and many more on the Shannon system. In Enniskillen you can bring your boat right to the door of Erneside Shopping Centre that is also next door to 2 main 24hr supermarkets.
Erneside Shopping Centre www.ernesideshopping.com
+44 (0) 28 6632 5705
What electricity is available?
Some boats have built in inverters and 3 pin plugs, all boats have a 12 volt cigarette lighter style socket and we have small inverters available to power chargers for cameras, laptops and phones.
Is there a television onboard?
The Noble Commander, Noble Duchess and Noble Emperor all have televisions on board as standard. For all other boats we have 12 volt televisions available to rent as an extra. Please book this at the time of booking you boat.
What is included in the price and are there any extra charges?
Fuel tanks will be full on arrival and you will be charged for the fuel you use on your departure (approx £50 – £120 per week). Water tanks will also be full on arrival and will need refilled regularly at the marked points on the provided navigation map which also highlights the many free moorings at public quays and jetties throughout Ireland’s Waterways. Two gas cylinders (included) should be sufficient for your cruise.
Are the boats insured?
All our craft are insured. We require a refundable breakage deposit (£400 – £800 depending on craft) before you go on-board.
Are fishing boats available with the cruiser?
We offer a 12’ rowing dinghy free of charge with any cruiser on request. You can upgrade this to a 16’ boat with 5hp Outboard motor for a small additional charge. This can be booked at the time of booking your cruiser.
Do you sell fishing gear and licences/permits?
We have fishing rods for hire (rod, reel and line) and we have equipment for sale in our reception. We do not sell live bait but you can purchase this in Enniskillen. Coarse and Game fishing licences/permits can be purchased on line before your arrival at NI Direct or can be purchased in reception on arrival. The waterway is full of Trout, Pike, Perch, Roach, Bream and Eels. There is also a program in place to restore Lough Erne’s Salmon population.
Are pets permitted onboard?
Pet are allowed on a Noble Cadet or a Noble Chancellor only. They must be well behaved and not permitted in the cabins or on the furniture. All hairs must be cleaned on departure. A refundable deposit of £100 per dog is payable on arrival.
What is a Bow Thruster?
A Bow Thruster is a motor at the front of the boat that helps you manoeuvre the vessel. It pushes the front of the boat to the left or right and is used to help you moor your boat.
What if something goes wrong?
In the unlikely event of a breakdown our technical staff will be with you immediately. We can have a technical person with you at any location throughout Lough Erne and the River Shannon. On-board safety equipment includes: life jackets, life ring, smoke flares, fire extinguishers, first aid kit and binoculars.
Below are some useful links that will help you plan you holiday. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help or additional information.
Shannon / Erne Waterway Information
Fishing on the Erne
Fishing on the Shannon
Golf Courses (Shannon)
Portumna Golf Club – www.portumnagolfclub.ie
Nenagh Golf Club – www.nenaghgolfclub.com
Castle Barna Golf Club – www.castlebarna.ie
Mount Temple Golf Club – www.mounttemplegolfclub.com
Glasson Hotel & Golf Club – www.glassongolfhotel.ie
Athlone Golf Club – www.athlonegolfclub.ie
Carrick on Shannon Golf Club – www.carrickgolfclub.ie
Golf Courses (Erne)
Manor House Marine (Killadeas) – www.manormarine.com
Lough Erne Golf Resort (Enniskillen) – www.lougherneresort.com
Castlehume (Enniskillen) – www.castlehume.com
Enniskillen Golf Course (Enniskillen) – www.enniskillengolfclub.com
Bundoran Golf Club (Bundoran) – www.bundorangolfclub.com
Slieve Russel (Ballyconnell) – www.slieverussell.ie
Donegal Golf Club (Donegal) – www.donegalgolfclub.ie
Below is a list of local attractions and for further local tourist information please contact Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism www.fermanaghlakelands.com +44 (0) 2866 323110.
Local interests and activities
|Castlecoole||A Magnificent 18th century mansion and landscaped park|| www.nationaltrust.org.uk
|Crom Estate||Crom’s ancient woodland and islands are home to many rare species||www.nationaltrust.org.uk
|Florencecourt||Beautiful 18th century irish house with lovely gardens and play areas||www.nationaltrust.org.uk
|Coles Monument||Is built in the memory of Sir G Lowry Cole C.G.B||www.discovernorthernireland.com
|Devenish Island||There are ruins from different time periods, the earliest being 12th century||www.fermanaghlakelands.com
|White Island||12th century church ruins and archaic stone figures|| www.fermanaghlakelands.com
|Belleek Pottery||Home to the world famous Belleek fine Parian China and visitor centre|| www.belleek.ie
|Enniskillen Castle Museum||Built almost 600 years ago the site houses 2 museums|| www.enniskillencastle.co.uk
|Marble Arch Caves||Explore a natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and waterfalls|| www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com
|Railway Museum||A working barbar shop and also a first class railway museum|| www.headhuntersmuseum.com
|Sheelin Irish Lace||The best place to see the finest examples of antique Irish Lace|| www.antiqueirishlace.co.uk
|Ulster American Folk Park||An outdoor museum which tells the story of Irish emigration|| www.nmni.com
|Monea Castle||An abandoned castle built in 1618||www.discovernorthernireland.com
|Tully Castle||A fortified house built in 1641 with recreated 17th century style garden||www.discovernorthernireland.com
|Lough Navar Forest Park||Forest with viewpoints over Fermanagh||www.nidirect.gov.uk
|Castle Archdale Park||Nature trails, lough side and woodland walks, cycle trails|| www.discorvernorthernireland.com
|Tickety Moo Ice-Cream||Try out super ice cream handmade from their jersy cows||www.ticketymoo.com
|Lakeland Forum||Large sports and leisure complex in Enniskillen||www.lakelandforum.com
|Johnny Rocko’s||Children’s indoor activity centre|| www.johnnyrockos.co.uk
|Kingfisher Cycle Trail||230 mile scenic cycle trail through county roads||www.kingfishercycletrail.com
|Corralea Activity Centre||Wide range of activities for thrill seekers of any age|| www.activityireland.com
|Unique Helicopter||Enjoy the thrill of flying a helicopter with a “flight experience”|| www.uniquehelicopters.com
|Ultimate Watersports||Set in Castle Archdale Marina with a range of activities and courses.|| www.ultimatewatersports.co.uk
|Ardhowen Theatre||Theatre with panoramic lake views and restaurant||www.ardhowentheatre.com
10% discount on all Cruiser booked before 31st January 2017.
(not including the Noble Duchess or Noble Emperor)