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Lough Allen Day Cruisers

Island Adventure: Drumshanbo to O’Connor’s Island Excursion

Embark on a captivating journey from Drumshanbo to the serene O’Connor’s Island, with a scenic return trip along the western shores, weather permitting.

Hiring Conditions

When you book with the Allen Centre, you’re agreeing to our Hiring Conditions. “The Hirer” refers to all members of the party using the cruiser, whether or not they are named in the hire agreement.

Booking Information

  • Duration: Full Day (3 hours)
  • Price: €140 (includes skipper and fuel)

Lough Allen Angling

Fishing Trips On Cruiser (max 4 rods) with gilli (incl. fuel)
3 hours €90
6 hours €140
Fishing trips without gillie cruisers
(deposit €100 refundable)

17 Foot Fibreglass Open Lake Boats
(incl. engine & fuel)
3 hours €60
Full Day €90

17 Foot Fibreglass Open Lake Boats
(with oars for rowing)
3 hours €30
Full Day €50

Fishing for the family – rods/bait provided €5 per person

Lough Allen Cruising

Cruiser Trips with driver provided 3 hours (Max 6) €80

Full Day Trip of Lough Allen on a Princess 32 with driver provided (Max 6) €100 or visit Acre Lake and experience travelling through a lock gate and learn skills nevessary to use a small cruiser

Cruisers to Rent
3 hours – €80 – Two sessions – 10 am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm
Fullday €100 + refundable deposit 100
(Restrickted to Lough Allen and Acres Lake)

Galion Cruiser Rent with sails, inboard engine (Experience of Sailing required) €80

Instruction available for lessions €60 for 3 hours


River Shannon Boating Adventure

Enjoy a memorable family holiday with a River Shannon boating trip, cruising to Lough Allen. Weather may vary, but the fun of a Shannon cruise offers relaxation and enjoyment in any conditions. Join us for this episode as we explore the Shannon in typical Irish weather, and consider making your next holiday an adventurous one with boating, fishing, or camping.

Important Booking Conditions:

  • Weather Policy: We reserve the right to adjust or cancel bookings based on weather and river conditions for safety.
  • Age Requirement: Hirers must be at least 21 years old.
  • Emergencies: Assistance is always available for emergencies.
  • Booking Refusals: We may refuse hire for safety concerns, with a full refund provided.
  • Damage Deposit: A €100 refundable deposit is required for potential damages.
  • Training: A comprehensive 30-minute training session on navigation and safety is provided upon arrival.

Cruiser Use and Responsibilities:

  • Navigation: Cruising is limited to Lough Allen and marked channels. Night cruising and unauthorised towing are prohibited.
  • Maintenance: Hirers are responsible for the cruiser’s cleanliness and any damage caused by negligence.
  • Breakdowns: Report any issues immediately. Unauthorised repairs are not permitted.
  • Disputes: Report problems promptly for resolution. Claims cannot be considered if not reported during the hire.

Pre-Departure Training:

  • Tailored training to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
  • Includes boat handling, mooring, and lock navigation.
  • Safety training, emphasizing the importance of lifejackets.

Safety First:

  • Lifejackets are a must.
  • Review boating safety rules before departure.

This condensed overview provides essential information for a safe and enjoyable River Shannon boating experience.

Aerial view of Allen Centre, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Boating Safety Essentials

Check the Weather: Always check the weather before setting out. If you notice bad weather signs like dark clouds or sudden temperature drops, stay safe by either staying put or heading back.

Use a Checklist: Being prepared for any situation on the water is crucial. A thorough checklist can ensure you haven’t overlooked anything important.

Apply Common Sense: Safe boating is largely about using common sense. This includes keeping speeds safe, staying alert, avoiding large vessels, and respecting buoys and navigational aids for your safety.

Have an Assistant Skipper: It’s wise to have someone else on board who knows how to handle and operate the boat. This ensures that, in case the primary navigator is unable to, someone else can safely get everyone back.

Create a Safety Plan: Inform someone about your trip details, including your route and how long you expect to be out. This plan should include contact information, itinerary, and details about your communication equipment.

Wear Lifejackets: Most drowning incidents involve individuals not wearing a lifejacket. Prevent such tragedies by ensuring everyone on board has a lifejacket fitted before departure.

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