Lakeside Day Boat Hire Athlone


We will be closing for the Winter Season from Sunday September the 19th 2021.

Thank you all for a great season at Lakeside Dayboat Hire, we look forward to having you out on our beautiful Lough Ree next season.

Covid19 Update!

Lakeside Day Boat Hire is thrilled to say that our boats will be available for hire for full days hire (10am-6pm) from May 11th 2021!!

Here is some information regarding our boats below :

17ft Boat (4 people) ideal for fishing

Full Day -€ 100

20ft Short Cabin (6 people)

Full Day – €150

20ft Long Cabin (6 people)

Full Day – €160

25ft Comfort Celtic Spirit (8 people)

Full Day –  €200

A full day hire is from 10am-6pm. 

No booking is secure or complete without a booking deposit which is 50% of your booking fee. To pay your booking deposit you can do so by following this link – or phone us on 0873505250 and pay with card over the phone.

We supply lifejackets, navigation maps & full briefing on the boats & lake.

* Lakeside Day Boat Hire reserves the right to cancel or restrict hirers sailing on a certain day due to unfavourable weather or unforeseen circumstances.

We look forward to getting you out on our beautiful Lough Ree!

Come to Lakeside Day Boat Hire and enjoy a half or full day exploring the natural beauty and wildlife on the mystical River Shannon and Lough Ree

For any of our day visitors that wish to avail of our services we offer our boats for half and full day hire. You don’t need prior experience or a license to hire out our boats.

Fully comprehensive tuition will be provided on your arrival to hire a boat. You will be given a boat to suit your needs whether you are a couple or a large group, fishing or exploring!

Our boats cannot go through the Athlone Lock due to timings on the Lock opening hours.

Included in the boat hire are: Buoyancy Aids | Navigation Charts | Tuition | VAT

The stunning inner lakes of Lough Ree

Where you can explore

Lough Ree (Loch Ri or Loch Ribh), with an area of 41 square miles,in the midlands, is one of the three major lakes on the River Shannon and comes second in its size on the Shannon after Lough Derg. The lake serves as a border between the counties of Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon, with the town of Athlone situated at the southern end of the lake and the small town of Lanesborough at the northern end of the lake.

The meaning of the name it has been given is unclear, but it is believed that it could be one of 2 things. It could mean the lake of the great plain, making reference to its location in the midlands plain, or the belief that it comes from the meaning the lake of the Kings.

This Lough, known to be highly mystical, is studded with Islands, and is believed to be a place of great myth and legend. Spirits of the High Kings, ghosts of fallen warriors and the presence of ancient monks are spoken to be gazing through the mists. And there is even talk of a lake monster!

Inishcleraun ( Quaker Island), which was founded in 540 AD by Saint Diarmuid, who was a teacher to Saint Ciaran of Clonmacnoise and is buried here. The settlement was a place of learning and pilgrimage for centuries and contains the ruins of six churches, graveyards and a fort for protection against Viking raids, this is located to the north of the Lough and is definitely worth exploring.

Learn more about the islands here