River Cruise

General Useful Information for hiring River Cruise Boats in Ireland with Silver Line Cruisers.

Here we have some basic information that will help you when cruising on the rivers of Ireland.


How do I go through a lock ?

This is a simple, pleasant manoeuvre if a few basic guidelines are followed : always take it slowly, with care, and remain patient if there are other boats waiting. Manually operated locks are easier with a minimum of two agile people!

In general, lock-keepers do not work on Bank Holidays (these dates vary according to region) - Easter Sunday, Whitsunday, 1st May, 14th July and 1st November. In Anjou, Charente and the Lot, locks are open all year round.

Will I have to pay to go through a lock?

During your cruise you will have to negotiate a number of locks and bridges. Passage through these is free.

Are all locks automatic?

Some locks are automatic whilst others are manual, and the lock-keeper may ask you to lend a hand.


All waterways are subject to restrictions and possible closure for essential repairs and general maintenance. The dates are normally notified in March and this may make it necessary for us to alter your cruise itinerary or departure port, for which we cannot be held responsible.

Arrival & Tuition
All hirers are required to view a video detailing safety matters and navigation techniques prior to a practical demonstration by one of our experienced instructors. Navigation charts, captain handbooks and general information are supplied to you on arrival to our marina.

Minimum age
No license is required to charter a cruiser, however Silver Line recommends that the group leader be at least 21 years of age.

One third of the hire fee is required as a booking deposit, please see our tariffs & conditions of hire for method of payment.

Mobile phones
We can supply mobile phones in order for you to contact our office 24 hrs a day.

All our cruisers use a 12-volt DC system. We also supply a 220-volt shaving socket on all our cruisers, which can only be used for this purpose. All our cruisers are fitted with a 12 volt cigarette lighter sockets, these can be used to charge mobiles etc., all you need to bring along is the correct 12 volt adaptor which can be purchased at any electrical supplier. However some our cruisers now have invertors installed, which enables the use of laptops, playstations, hairdryers etc.

Fuel, gas & water
All our cruisers depart with a full tank of diesel, water and gas. Fuel used will be paid on completion of the hire period. Fuel consumption varies between 5,7 & 10 litres per hour depending on size and speed. Cruisers can be filled with water free of charge at marinas along the way as indicated on your charts.

Prior permission must be obtained from our office before pets will be allowed on our cruisers, as we have certain restrictions.

There are seven locks in total along the River Shannon which are operated by lock keepers who will help you through with no difficulty. There is a charge for passing through these locks of €1.50. The Shannon-Erne system has 16 locks and are operated by a smart card which can be purchased easily.

Bed Linen
We supply all our cruisers with towels and bed linen, we do suggest however that clients bring some extra towels for their convenience. All our cruisers have a fully equipped galley, with crockery, cutlery and all cooking utensils, cooker and hob, fridge, hot and cold water. For the safety of our clients we supply life jackets, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, binoculars, captain handbook, charts and an optional 13ft fibre glass dinghy.

Cassette/Radio – CD/Radio
Cassette or CD Radio are installed on our craft except the Silver River Class. See specification of cruisers for details

Fishing license
A coarse fishing license is required for fishing North of Banagher and can be purchased at our Marina.

There are plenty of free mooring places along the Shannon and Erne Waterway, however in certain places along your cruise there will be mooring charges. All the major moorings have shower/toilet facilities, at which you can also use your hairdryer's, straightners etc. Mobile phones/camcorders etc can be recharged at the various IBRA company bases.

We can organize transfers from all major Airports, please view our tariffs for details. Private transfers can also be arranged.

Car parking
Free and safe car parking is available at our marina, however parking is at owners risk.

Items to bring
We recommend that proper boating shoes or rubber soled gripped shoes are worn on board at all times. Bring waterproofs and don't forget sunglasses to protect against UV light reflected by the water. Suitcase and non-essential items can be stored at our marina.