Barge Holidays

Our Riversdale barges are a modification of the traditional narrowboat. The old narrowboat was restricted in width by the narrowness of the old industrial canals but our boats are not, we have widebeam barges.

Our Widebeam Riversdale barges have been widened to 10 feet (3.1 meters). The extra width, coupled with the level floor of the barge, gives greater living space and comfort to the holidaymaker.  It allows you to navigate the Irish Inland Waterways,  The Shannon Erne Waterway, The Shannon River and Lough Erne with peace of mind.  It also provides the space for two independent bedrooms with the third bedroom in the living area being private at night. A spacious and comfortable seventh berth is also available.

Please click on the images below for more information about our barges:

The folk Barge is the smallest barge on offer, being of 2-4 person berth. All Folk Barges include the following features:

  • Central heating systems
  • Bathroom with bath shower
  • Flush toilet with modern sewage disposal
  • Smart modern galley area
  • Wood burning stove on most boats

The modern construction and wood panelling of our barges, coupled with the very effective heating, makes for a really cosy atmosphere which is much appreciated during mid and low season.  A perfect Holiday Getaway for families, couples, groups etc.

Folk Barge

The Dutch Barge is our middle range barge, comfortably holding up to 4 people. All Dutch Barges include the following features:

  • Central heating systems
  • Bathroom with bath shower
  • Flush toilet with modern sewage disposal
  • Smart modern galley area
  • Wood burning stove on most boats

The modern construction and wood panelling of our barges, coupled with the very effective heating, makes for a really cosy atmosphere which is much appreciated during mid and low season.  A perfect Holiday Getaway for families, couples, groups etc.

Folk Barge

The Legend Barge is our largest barge, comfortably holding up to 8 people. All Legend Barges include the following features:

  • Central heating systems
  • Bathroom with bath shower
  • Flush toilet with modern sewage disposal
  • Smart modern galley area
  • Wood burning stove on most boats

The modern construction and wood panelling of our barges, coupled with the very effective heating, makes for a really cosy atmosphere which is much appreciated during mid and low season.  A perfect Holiday Getaway for families, couples, groups etc.

Folk Barge

Booking

Terms of Hire of a Riversdale Barge Holiday in Ireland. Boating in Ireland.

Riversdale Barge Holidays, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

River Shannon Boating, Shannon Erne Waterway Holidays.

The boat will be hired from Saturday 3p.m. to Saturday 9:00a.m.unless pre arranged The Hire periods are as follows:- PER WEEK
PRICES ARE IN EURO

Barge Building in Ireland. Boating Holidays in Ireland

Boating Holidays in Ireland and Barge Holidays on Shannon Erne Waterway

2017 Dutch Class
(4 Berth)
Legend Class
(4-8 Berth)
Folk Class
(2-4 Berth)
Season A
21st Jan – 4th March
7th  Oct – 21st Jan
€895.00 €810.00 €640.00
Season B
4th March – 15th April
9th Sept – 7th Oct
€1105.00 €1020.00 €855.00
Season C
15th April – 10th June
19th  Aug – 9th Sept
€1275.00 €1205.00 €1045.00
Season D
10th June – 19th Aug
€1540.00 €1490.00 €1265.00
Weekend
(Seasons A & B)
€450.00 €360.00
Bank Holiday Weekends
(Seasons A & B)
€500.00 €420.00

Off Season:
Shorter hire periods may be available during Season A,B & C but D may only be booked 7 days before commencement if available. Rates on request.

Booking Enquiry Form

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Address

Phone Number

Boat Required
DutchLegendFolk

Source of introduction

Date and period of hire

From:
To:

My party will consist of adults and children aged . Beds consisting of doubles and singles.

Full Conditions of Hire Available upon request.
You will be contacted for one Third Deposit required to secure booking.
Full balance due two weeks before holiday commences. Security Deposit required per boat of €350.00.

**Please note, this form is an enquiry form only. After you have submitted, your booking will not be secured until you have received email confirmation and payment request. **

Alternatively, please click this link for a Printable version of this booking form.

Terms and Conditions.

Barge Building

Barge Building

Riversdale Barge Builders have been quality Irish Boat Builders since 2002.  We build to all specifications from Shell only to completed fitted-out barges, finished to the customers satisfaction.  Viewing is essential to get a feel of the quality of the barges we build so please contact us and make an appointment to view our current and finished builds. We also offer the following services:

  • Fit-out bays and repair base
  • Fully serviced yearly moorings
  • Chandlery service
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Shannon-Erne Waterway

Smart Cards

Smart cards are used to operate the locks, to access the service blocks and to use the pump-outs along the Waterway. They can be purchased from the Waterway Patrollers and from local outlets as well as from the Waterways Ireland offices. Card readers are attached to each service block to enable users to check the number of units remaining on the smart card.

  • Units per Service:
  • Lock Passage: 1 unit
  • Pump-outs: 2 units
  • Showers: 2 units
  • Chemical Toilets: 2 units
  • Washing Machines: 5 units
  • Tumble Dryers: 5 units
  • Smart Cards Cost:
  • 10 unit card €6.35 / £4.00
  • 20 unit card €12.70 / £8.00
  • 40 unit card €22.80 / £14.50

For a full listing of SMART Card purchase locations, click on the following link: Where to buy SMART Cards

Locks

63km from Leitrim Village to Upper Lough Erne has 16 locks

Opening Hours of Locks:
09.00 to 20.00 daily
(17th March to 31st October)
09.00 to Dusk i.e. daylight hours
(1st November to 16th March)

The 16 locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway are operated by smart card. The card is inserted into the console at the side of the lock; diagrammatic instructions are given for the operation of the lock. Please ensure the safety of all your passengers when the boat is in the lock.

Navigational Criteria

Length: 24m
Beam: 4.5m
Draft: 1.2m
Air draft: 3.2m over a width of 3.0m

Waterway Patrollers

Waterway Patrollers are present along the Shannon-Erne Waterway to assist boat users and can be contacted at the following numbers:

  • Lock 1 Tel no +44 28 6774 8976
  • Lock 16 Tel no +353 87 2608569
  • Ballinamore Tel no +353 87 2602478
  • Ballyconnell Tel no +353 87 2603662
  • Kilclare area Tel no +353 87 2603663

Service Blocks

Service blocks are provided by Waterways Ireland at six locations along the Shannon-Erne Waterway: Leitrim village, Keshcarrigan, Ballinamore, Haughton’s Shore, Ballyconnell and Aghalane. Facilities provided for waterway users include toilets, showers, pump-outs and laundry facilities. The facilities are operated by smart cards.

Public Mooring Time Limits + Speed limits

On the Shannon-Erne Waterway the mooring limit is 5 consecutive days or a total of 7 days in any one month during the period 1 April to 31 October.

Speed Limit - 5km/h in channel stretches

Your Wash - You are asked to consider the wash of your boat and its effect on others. All engine-powered boats create a wave of water, known as a wash, which flows outwards from the boat as it moves forward. Look behind you frequently to check the effect that your wash is having on other users. You are advised to reduce your speed in narrow channels to prevent bank erosion, damage to reed beds and destruction of birds’ nests among reed and bank habitats. Slow down where boats are moored, when approaching quays, jetties or locks or where water activities are taking place.

Maintanence Works

Maintenance works on the waterways are, where possible, carried out during the winter. When navigating any waterway between 1 November and 17 March you are advised to contact Waterways Ireland Operations Division or the Inspectorate before making your journey to confirm that the waterway is open. For further information on navigating and boat queries contact the Inspectorate:

  • Inspector of Navigation: Waterways Ireland, The Docks, Athlone, Co Westmeath - T: +353 (0)90 649 4232
  • Assistant Inspector of Navigation: Waterways Ireland, Sommerview House,Old Dublin Road,Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim - T:+353 (0)71 965 0787