About Portumna

The whole of the Shannon and Erne is great for fishing, but Lough Derg, a stone’s throw south of Portumna, is a fisherman’s paradise and probably the best fishing spot in Ireland. This spectacular stretch of water is huge and you could easily spend a week exploring the many pretty villages along its shores. Must-see Clonmacnoise, an ancient Celtic burial site, is just 6 hrs to the north of Portumna.

From Portumna it is:

  • 19hrs (5 locks) to our base in Carrick-on-Shannon

What you get on the base


  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Laundry 
  • Wifi


  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Waste Bins
  • Waste pump out
  • Gasoll

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs

Fun extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues
  • Angling dinghy and outboard

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


County Arms Hotel Birr Co. Offaly (21.8 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 579 120 791 www.countyarmshotel.com
Carlton Shearwater Hotel (35 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 90 9 630 400 www.shearwaterhotel.com
Lough Rea Hotel and Spa (35 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 918 800 88 www.loughreahotelandspa.com
Abbey Court Hotel & Spa (30 km from base) – Tel. +353 (0) 674 11 11 www.abbeycourt.ie


Ferry Inn Restaurant/ Bar- 8 minute walk from base (over bridge)
O’Meara’s Restaurant/Bar – 10 minute walk into town +353 (0) 909 741 143
Le Bouchon Restaurant- 10 minutes into town-+353 (0) 909 742 333
Beehive Restaurant- 10 minutes into town Roma takeaway- 10 minutes into town
Bethlehem Pizza restaurant- 10 minutes into town (back street of Portumna)
Oriental City Chinese Restaurant- centre of town
Supermacs fast-food restaurant- centre of town
Modena Indian Italian and Irish food Restaurant - centre of town +353 (0) 909 759 568


O’Meara’s Supervalu Large Shop - Centre of Town - Tel. +353 (0) 909741578 

Local Market

Friday Morning-Country Market in Town Hall- Home grown and baked produce  Saturday Morning (Small Market) 


A fishing licence is not required if you plan to fish in the Shannon. However, a licence is required for fishing in the rivers that flow into the Shannon. This licence can be purchased along the way and the base staff gladly informs you where you can get it. 

Tourist Info

Portumna & Area Tourist Office,

Irish Workhouse Centre,

St. Brigid’s Road,




Dr S Ahmed Tel. +353 (0) 909 741 013

Dr Dubby Tel. +353 (0) 909 741 100

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 6pm


Emerald Star
Bridge Road
Co Galway


+ 353 (0) 909 741 120

Travel to Portumna

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.


Ambrose Sheehy (00353 (0) 909 741 140)

Kieran Madden (00353 (0) 872 990 509)

Larry’s Hackney (00353 (0) 872 961 560)

Gene Forde (00353 (0) 872 434 311) 

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Car transfers are bookable in advance via our sales team. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. For hire cars, you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional "unnamed" driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Please contact the sales team for prices.

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe


Directions from Galway City

Take motorway to Loughrea. From Loughrea to Killimor Killimor- Portumna.


Directions from Dublin Airport

 Take Motorway M50. Exit at Athlone/ Galway. Motorway to Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe exit for Portumna. Directions from Shannon Airport: Take Motorway to Limerick City. Follow signs for Dublin. Exit at Nenagh for Borrisokane. Follow direct to Portumna.


Directions from Cork Airport

Take city bypass following signposts to Limerick. In Limerick take bypass of city following signs to Dublin/ Nenagh. In Nenagh take exit for Borrisokane and follow direct to Portumna


Directions from Knock Airport

Follow signs to Claremorris, Claremorris to Tuam, Tuam to Claregalway, Turn left in Claregalway and go to oranmore, take left exit at first roundabout and first left at next roundabout following signs for Dublin/Loughrea. By pass Loughrea following signs for Ballinasloe/Dublin. Approx 3km from Loughrea turn right following signs for Killimor/Portumna. Enter Portumna.


Directions from Rosslare Port

Follow signs for Kilkenny City, From Kilkenny to Johnstown, Johnstown to Borris-in-ossery. From Borris-in-ossery to Roscrea, Roscrea to Birr and Birr to Portumna



Secure Parking (pree-bookable extra - fee applies)

By Train

Closest train stations:

  • Nenagh: 30 km
  • Ballinasloe: 34 km

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Galway: 62 km
  • Shannon: 94 km
  • Dublin: 162 km
  • Knock: 119 km
  • Cork: 178 km

Airport Transfers

In Ireland we can arrange airport transfers for you. Standard transfers are €35 per person and run from Dublin airport to Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturdays and Wednesdays (and any other day except Sunday – although a minimum 5 person charge applies on these other days) and from Dublin or Shannon airport to Portumna on Saturdays only. Outside of these time, a private transfer can be arranged, although different rates will apply.


Inward standard transfers are arranged to coincide with arrivals between 09.00 – 18.00. Any time outside of these times will be charged at a private rate.


On arrival at Dublin airport, if landing at Terminal 1, you will find your transport driver waiting in front of the coffee shop, and if landing at Terminal 2, you will find your driver waiting in front of the book shop. If you are travelling to Carrick-on-Shannon your driver will be from Martin Coaches and have a sign with 'Shannon - Erne - Waterways', if you are travelling to Portumna your driver will be from Kearns Transport and have a sign with 'Emerald Star or Le Boat'.


Return transfer time is before 10 am from either base. If you require a later pick up time, a private transfer rate will apply. If you have an early morning flight, you will be picked up 5 hrs prior to your flight’s departure time. (E.g. Flight time: 8am - you will be picked up from the base at 3 am. Please note this is a standard transfer rate).


Please contact our Boating Experts to book your transfer.

Arrival at Portumna

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our UK/IRE sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your holiday as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info