Venice, art, history and beautiful beaches. A welcoming climate, a relaxed atmosphere and unforgettable gastronomy.

Ireland is such a specific and well-known country that it needs no introduction. The island, located in the northwest of Europe, will offer you experiences you won't find anywhere else in the world. Head here to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, for example, or just enjoy the premium whiskey and dark beer that the Irish can't get enough of.  The rugged landscape has become home to some rugged people, but trust that they will welcome you with open arms.

Two rivers, one channel, two worlds

Geography meets history here. One of the most popular cruising destinations in Europe, the magnificent Shannon-Erne waterway is where two rivers — the Shannon of the Republic of Ireland and the Erne of Northern Ireland - meet. Emerald Star, Le Boat's sister company, has been helping customers discover the joys of boating holidays here for over 40 years. It is also the reason why you can enjoy the island's 63-kilometre route, which features 16 locks and 34 bridges.

If you take the Shannon south, you'll essentially be travelling back in time. You'll learn interesting facts about the history of the country, which is dotted with centuries-old castles and historic architectural remains.

To the north, on the other hand, Erne opens up into a typically Irish landscape filled with stone villages. The aptly named Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for beginners and more experienced sailors alike.

What might your Irish cruise look like? Take a look:

Who will enjoy a houseboat holiday in Ireland?

  • Fishermen. Local rivers and lakes are stocked with salmon, pike and perch. It's a paradise for people with fishing rods.
  • Golfers. The greens along the banks are waiting for you to overcome your own handicap to finally relax at the 19th hole.
  • Cyclists. Yes, discovering the hidden treasures of the villages and towns lining the waterways is recommended by bike.
  • History buffs. Ancient castles, imposing mansions, beautiful parks and impressive monastery complexes are waiting for you to explore.
  • Calm types. Forget the hustle and bustle in Ireland. The surrounding countryside and the ubiquitous green colour will calm you perfectly.
  • Observer. Nature will entertain you on the island - don't forget your binoculars so you don't miss anything or anyone!

Now all you have to do is pick the right houseboat. I'd be happy to help you. Let me know.