Welcome to the Emerald Star, a premier boating holiday experience located in the charming town of Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland. Nestled on the banks of the River Shannon, Emerald Star offers visitors an unforgettable journey through some of Ireland’s most picturesque landscapes, historic sites, and vibrant communities. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or new to the joys of boating, Emerald Star provides an array of options to explore the waterways in comfort and style.

Discovering Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon is known as a boater’s paradise and serves as the perfect starting point for your adventure with Emerald Star. This bustling town is not only rich in history and culture but also boasts an array of shops, restaurants, and pubs for visitors to enjoy. Before setting sail, take some time to wander through its streets, visit the local market, and perhaps catch a traditional music session in one of its many welcoming pubs.

Can beginners navigate boats from Emerald Star comfortably?

Yes! The River Shannon is known for being calm and easy to navigate making it ideal for beginners. Additionally, Emerald Star provides thorough briefings and demonstrations before departure ensuring all guests feel confident steering their chosen vessel.

Choosing Your Perfect Boat

Emerald Star prides itself on offering a fleet that caters to all tastes and requirements. From cozy two-berth boats perfect for romantic getaways to spacious vessels that can accommodate larger groups or families, there’s something for everyone. Each boat is fully equipped with modern amenities including kitchens, comfortable living areas, and outdoor decks ideal for enjoying the stunning scenery that Ireland has to offer.

Navigating the Shannon Waterways

The River Shannon provides an extensive network of waterways that are both peaceful and easy to navigate. As you embark from Carrick-on-Shannon with Emerald Star, you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Highlights include Lough Key Forest Park with its beautiful walking trails and historic ruins; Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site; as well as numerous quaint villages where you can moor up and mingle with locals.

What To Bring On Your Boating Adventure

While Emerald Star ensures your boat is equipped with essential living amenities, it’s important to pack personal items wisely for your trip. Waterproof clothing is a must regardless of the season due to Ireland’s unpredictable weather. Don’t forget comfortable footwear for exploring ashore, sun protection for those glorious sunny days on deck, and perhaps binoculars for bird watching or capturing breathtaking views along the Shannon.

Making Memories That Last

A journey with Emerald Star is more than just a holiday; it’s an opportunity to create lasting memories with friends or family. Imagine waking up each morning to serene waterside views, spending your days discovering hidden gems along Ireland’s oldest waterway, and evenings under starlit skies sharing stories of your day’s adventures. It’s these moments that make boating holidays on the Shannon truly special.


  • Carrick-on-Shannon serves as an excellent starting point.
  • Diverse fleet catering to different group sizes and preferences.
  • The River Shannon offers tranquil waters suitable for all skill levels.
  • Fully equipped boats featuring modern amenities.
  • Opportunities abound for exploring historic sites and engaging with local communities.

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