Do you need any experience or is a licence required?
You need no experience or licence to drive any of our boats. We give a full demonstration on your arrival and answer any questions you may have. You will be shown all the workings of the boats interior and exterior followed by a detailed explanation of the navigation charts. After any questions have been answered you will be brought for a demonstration cruise in your boat. During the outing you will be guided in how to manoeuvre the vessel and how to moor up. You will find onboard the Captain’s Handbook in which you will find all sorts of information from what to pack to advice about safety and boat handling.
Is there a minimum age for hiring a boat?
We recommend that the group leader be at least 21 years old.
Can I plan my holiday beforehand?
Yes, your hire company will give you a link to a Holiday Planner or Chart of Lough Erne.
How do I get to the marina from the airport?
We can offer either group or private transfers from any major airport in Ireland.
What airlines fly to Ireland
There are lots of low cost airlines flying in to Belfast International, George Best Belfast City Airport, Knock Airport and Dublin Airport. The routes change regularly but below are a list of airlines that you may find useful.
Can I leave my car at the marina?
Yes, unsecured parking is available free of charge.
What else should I bring with me?
We recommend proper boating / rubber soled shoes. Please do not bring heels.
Bring your waterproofs and don’t forget sunglasses and sun cream. Suitcases can be left at the marina.
Do I have to pay for fuel?
Yes - you get the boat full of fuel and when you come back at the end of your holiday, we fill the boat again and you pay for the fuel used! Typical fuel bill is £90 to £200 for a week depending on the size of boat.
Apart from the hire cost, what else do I have to pay?
Unless you add anything extra to your booking like airport transfers or bicycles, the only extra costs will be the insurance (see below) and the fuel. There are no charges for mooring at public marinas.
What are the pick-up and drop-off times?
We have to clean and service every cruiser before it can be put out on hire, therefore cruisers are normally available for pick-up between 4 and 6pm. In certain circumstances we may be able to arrange an earlier pick up. You will be required to vacate your cruiser by 9am on the day of departure.
Is insurance included?
Insurance for accidental damage and public liability is included in your hire cost. However we do ask for a returnable insurance excess of between £725 and £850 depending on the size of the boat hired.
Does the insurance cover personal belongings?
The insurance does not cover you for personal injury or loss or damage to your own property. We strongly recommend that you take out Personal Travel Insurance before you travel.
What cooking facilities are there?
All our cruisers have a full-sized cooker with burner rings, grill and oven and a small fridge. There is a full inventory on board appropriate to the size of each cruiser. This includes everything from pots and pans to cutlery and crockery.
Do you offer a grocery service?
Yes! You can have you groceries onboard for your arrival.
Are towels and bed linen required?
All bed linen is on-board including duvets, pillows, blankets, hand towels and bath towels (one per person).
Where can you moor overnight?
There are lots and lots of moorings on islands and on the mainland throughout the waterway. You can also stay overnight in Enniskillen, Kesh, Belleek, Ballenaleck, Belturbet and Ballyconnell on the Erne system and many more towns and villages on the Shannon system.
Is there a charge to moor your boat?
There is no charge for mooring your boat at the any of the public moorings. There are a few private moorings that charge a nominal fee to moor overnight and this includes use of their facilities (leisure complex etc).
What electricity is available?
On-board electricity is 12 volt and there are cigarette lighters for charging your mobile phones. A small inverter is available to power chargers for cameras, laptops and phones.
Are fishing boats available with the cruiser?
You get a 12’ rowing dinghy free of charge with any cruiser. You can upgrade this to a bigger boat with an Outboard Motor for a small additional charge. This can be booked at the time of booking your cruiser.
Do you sell fishing licences/permits?
You can buy Coarse and Game fishing licences/permits in reception on arrival. The waterway is full of Trout, Pike, Perch, Roach, Bream and Eels. There is also a program in place to restore Lough Erne’s Salmon population.
What if something goes wrong?
In the unlikely event of a breakdown our technical staff will be with you immediately. We can have a technical person with you at any location throughout Lough Erne. On-board safety equipment includes: life jackets, life ring, fire extinguishers, first aid kit and binoculars.