Ideal starting location; hire your boat in Carrick on Shannon.
The Upper Shannon is where the mighty Shannon starts its journey, rising quietly from the underworld at the Shannon Pot, flowing southwards via Lough Allen to the river lands of Carrick on Shannon. The Shannon Erne Waterway provides a stunning lake and canal blue way links to Lough Erne, while Lough Key offers adventures for all the family, dotted with welcoming villages and towns, this zone offers exceptional opportunities to experience sustainable living, many local foods and drinks or enjoy a chat or a traditional tune in one of the many local pubs. Angling, hiking, cycle, canoeing, adventures for young passengers at the family friendly Lough Key Forest Park and Activity Centre include mountain bikes, zip lines, tree walks, segways, forest walks and guided boat trips. Greenways along the Royal Canal, visit the Cavan Burren or rent electric bikes to extend your area of exploration from your boat to include the Arigna Mines or Strokestown House.