Thursday 19/04/2012 Drummans Island - Carrick-on-Shannon - Carnadoe Quay
Length of boat trip: 4.3 hours
Motto of the day: Yummy!
A sunny day starts. Havenít I said that yesterday? Yes, but this morning the sun is bathed all in red light. And yes, we also will see today some more clouds but 'til evening it will remain dry.
After taking water at the new Lough Key Forest Park Jetty we say good bye to this beautiful lake. Itís a pity that Waterways Ireland has not improved the navigation on Lough Ree and Lough Derg as they have done it on Lough Key with marker off the beaten tracks!
At Clarendon Lock we lock through with a German crew on a Locaboat. They started on Sunday at Richmond Harbour and hired the boat for a one-way trip to Ballinamore.
We drive or should I better say drift at slow pace down the Boyle River. On Lough Drumharlow I take the eastern route and we get again a view to Slieve Anierin, the prominent mountain of the north Shannon.
At the mouth of the Boyle River we pass slowly two fishing boats.
One pump of the water supply north of Carrick-on-Shannon sounds not good and we see a mechanic working there.
We moor at the floating jetty at Carrick-on-Shannon and I go shopping in the farmers market. Iím back on the boat with fresh bread and fresh and smoked fish, organic lamb chops, smoked cheese and really fresh organic vegetables Ö yummy!
A Waterways Ireland personnel fixes stickers to boats. The winter mooring period has ended 19 days ago and some of the boats are hogging at the jetty since then. In some cases it is not a lack of money for paying for a space in one of the private marinas around here that brings people to that behaviour. He shows us a boat which has been lifted by WI two years ago because of blocking the jetty. The owner paid 800 Euros and when the boat was back in the water he brought her to that jetty again.
After the lunch break we drive further downstream. On Lough Corry we spot a whooper swan which is unusual in April. Whooper swans are normally only winter visitors from Iceland.