Killaloe River Cruises

Killaloe River Cruises offer daily one hour tours of the River Shannon and Lough Derg. The tour cruises north along the River Shannon and Lough Derg. A commentary is provided on all interesting sites as you cruise by. Relax and unwind on one of our modern boats taking in the magnificent scenery, wildlife, heritage, legend and folklore. Don’t leave the beauty of Lough Derg and the River Shannon to the imagination, cruise with Killaloe River Cruises and capture memories to treasure for ever.

Join Killaloe River Cruises for the best opportunity to explore the River Shannon and Lough Derg. From the history of the Killaloe Canal and the Shannon Scheme of 1929, we cruise towards where Brian Boru High King of Ireland kept watch over the river crossing at Beal Boru. Cruising into the calm waters of Lough Derg, sheltered by the Slieve Bernagh and Arra Mountains, the panoramic view is spectacular.

Our boats are suitable for passengers of all ages and are purpose built to maximise your view to make your cruise on Ireland’s greatest river more memorable and enjoyable. Cruising down the Shannon is a wonderful and calming experience.

We operate two modern boats suitable for guests of all ages:

Spirit of Killaloe – a 50 seater passenger boat with on board bar facilities and an upper viewing deck.

Spirit of Lough Derg – a 12 seater passenger boat fully enclosed with outside seating.
Whatever the reason, whatever the season, both of our boats are available to hire privately and provide the perfect setting for all special occasions. Custom made itineries can be drawn up to suit individual parties.A charter cruise on one of our boats is an ideal way to celebrate a special family occasion in comfortable, private and picturesque surroundings; it’s truly what lasting memories are made off. Gather together with family and friends on your privately charted boat for an evening drinks reception before continuing to one of the many restaurants in Killaloe/Ballina.


At the pier on the Ballina side of the bridge in Killaloe directly in front of Flanagan’s Bar and Restaurant. We are just 7km from J27 off the M7.

Sailing Times:
Several departures daily. Please phone for times. Reservations are necessary.  We cruise all year round.

Admission Rates:
Adult €12.50
Senior (65+) €10.00
Children (16 and under) €7.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) €35

Our cruise lasts for one hour.

For private charter rates contact us  086 814 0559

Killaloe lies where the River Shannon resumes its course out of Lough Derg; the river is wide and meandering. A narrow 13 arched stone bridge leads from Killaloe County Clare to Ballina Co. Tipperary. The towns have been awarded heritage town status because of their rich and historic past. The royal palace of High King Brian Boru (926-1042), a founder of the O’Brien Clan and one of the greatest kings of Ireland is just one of the many sites to testify the national importance of Killaloe. At the Southern end of Killaloe on the banks of the River Shannon stands the restored 13th century St. Flannan’s Cathedral. In the grounds of the Catholic Church at the top of the main street lies St. Lua’s Oratory after being rescued from Friar’s Island which was submerged by the Shannon Hydro Electric Scheme (1926-1929). Other interesting sites to see are the Pier Head and Tobermurragh which form part of the new Fáilte Ireland Killaloe Heritage Trail (4.5km).

Killaloe offers a wide variety of restaurants, each with its own unique atmosphere serving a wide variety of cuisine. There is also a good selection of pubs each with its own brand of live entertainment, fine pints and craic.


Lakeside Drive,
County Clare
Phone: 086 814 0559
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