A.1. Where do we pick up our hire barge from?

All barges are available from our base at Quivvy Marina near Belturbet in Co Cavan, Ireland.


A.2. How many does the hire barge sleep?

All barges sleep 8 persons. 6 adults plus 2 single childrens bunks.


A.3. What experience do we need to have?

While experience is desirable, it is not vital. Our vessels are renowned for their accurate and responsive steering and don’t be put off by the length of the barge, as you soon get used to it. Our hands on instruction is very comprehensive and all customers will be accompanied until they feel confident to go it alone.


A.4. Are there bus transfers from the airport?

Bus transfers can be arranged with a separate company on Saturdays from the Airport. Contact us for more information.


A.5. Is the boat insured?

The boat is insured against accidental loss or damage. Hirers are advise to secure separate insurance to cover death, personal injury and loss or damage to personal property including any motor vehicle parked at the marina.


A.6. What is included in our price?

Your hands on induction; A starter pack of solid fuel for stove; Gas cylinder; Full set of freshly laundered bed linen, pillows, duvets, duvet covers and towels; Fully equipped galley (including cutlery, pots, pans, tea towels, soap, water,); TV/DVD (depening on barge); stereo with CD; Life Jackets; Car parking; Cruising pack (boat handling info, Binoculars, charts, cruising guides, local information, etc.)


A.7. What is not included in our price?

Diesel: The vessel will be filled with fuel prior to embarkation and must be returned refuelled to the marina. Lock cards: If you are using the locks, these can be purchased at the lock keeper at the first lock or at some of the local shops. They currently cost €12.70 for 20 units. Airport transfer costs are an additional cost if you need to arrange transport to the marina.


A.8. What should we bring with us?

Clothes: be prepared for all weather conditions! Warm clothes and waterproofs, sun visor and sun cream, woolly hat and gloves. Sensible non slip footwear. Food: You will need provisions for the boat. There is a well-stocked supermarket at the Texaco filling station on the road from Dublin into Belturbet and also local shops in Belturbet town itself. It would be advisable to stock up prior to embarkation. Bring with you some Games, books, cameras, fishing rods, etc: there will always be time at the end of a day’s cruising for some quite relaxation!


A.9. What should we leave at home?

Bicycles, canoes, large suitcases (these can be left in the car) etc. (see Conditions of Hire)


A.10. What about electrical items?

If you can use it in the cigar lighter socket in your car, then you can use it on the barge. All our boats have either a 12volt cigar lighter socket similar to a car or a 220 volt three-pin socket converter; so bring both types of charger. Mobile phones are useful when you are cruising. Recharging cameras, Camcorders & Laptop computers are not a problem just ensure you have a cigar lighter socket fitting and your standard 3 pin plug. Do not bring hair dryers, curlers or straighteners, toasters, hot plates, kettles, fans, heaters, or other electrical items.



A.11.What are the mooring charges? -Some private marinas may charge but generally there is no mooring charges on most of the inland waterway. There is free public mooring at every town and village on the length of the Shannon Erne Waterway.


A.12. What happens if our barge breaks down?

Hopefully you will have a trouble free holiday. If, in the unlikely event a problem occurs with the boat, simply call one of the numbers in the information pack and we will either talk the problem through with you over the phone or come out and fix the problem.


A.13. Can we fish from the barge?

Yes – many people do. It is recommended that you buy a licence and permit for a nominal fee if fishing on the Erne which can be purchased from local tourist offices/fishing shops.


A.14. How safe is a boating holiday? Water can be dangerous and boats are heavy moving objects so be sensible and take your time. Lifejackets must be worn while cruising. Personal safety and crime are not major problems on the canals/inland waterways provided normal sensible precautions are taken such as; not leaving valuables visible and by locking the boat’s doors when unoccupied.


A.15. Where can we go?

You can cruise the Erne lakes with its expanse of water, you can enter the Shannon-Erne waterway with its canal locks and villages or travel the shannon river. Which ever route you choose one thing is certain of a warm welcome and a good time. You will be moving at about 5 miles per hour that is about a good walking pace! Going faster creates a wash which erodes river and canal banks. On the canals always allow extra time for negotiating the locks; about 20 minutes for each lock and even extra time during high season when the locks are busy. The locks open at 9.00 am and close at 8.00 pm sharp. The golden rule is not to be too ambitious: allow time to moor up, relax, explore and avoid making deadlines. Always aim to get back to our base the night prior to the end of your holiday.


A.16.How do we find Quivvy Marina?

Come from Dublin on the N3 to Belturbet town in Co Cavan. Here you will see that the main street takes a sharp turn to the left. There is a road going off to your right leading down to the river and past the Harbour Bar. Travel 1 mile along this road until you come to a left turn sign posted ‘Quivvy Marina’. Keep on this road for about 2 miles until you go over the bridge and see the old church on the right. The marina is now on your right hand side 100 yards past the church.


A.17.When can we pick up the barge?

Barges are let from 4pm on the Saturday to 10am on the following saturday.


A.18.What if we want to know more?

Feel free to contact us here.