The newly launched Broom Commander charter boat has spent the last 5 days on tour through Ireland’s beautiful waterways. Skippered by Greg Houlston and Mark Garner of Broom, the Broom Commander covered over 350 miles in its five days on the water.
The tour started at Aghinver, cruising down wonderful Lough Erne and then across to Ballyconnell on the Shannon-Erne Waterway, on route to Carrick on Shannon. There were some 20 locks to navigate through on the Shannon-Erne Waterway and at each lock Greg took the easy route at the helm whilst Mark worked hard at the lock controls.
From Carrick On Shannon the Broom Commander cruised south down the idyllic Lough Ree to Athlone and then down the River Shannon to Banagher, stopping over before heading back North. Up early and ready to get going for another days cruising, Mark enjoyed the early morning skies at Banagher at 4.30am, which were really quite spectacular.
The final leg of the tour took the Broom Commander north on the River Shannon and back onto Lough Ree to Drumod, before reaching the final destination back at Carrick on Shannon. The final day, like every day before it, was bright sunshine from dawn to dusk.
Ireland’s waterways are truly beautiful and provide a vast variety of cruising, from rivers to canals to wide open loughs. Along our journeys we met some wonderful people and we thoroughly enjoyed the company of everyone we met. We felt very proud of Broom’s heritage and position on Ireland’s waterways. There were large numbers of Brooms at every marina we stopped at and every day we passed Broom after Broom after Broom…..!
A huge thank you to everyone we met on our journey through Ireland’s waterways. We are very grateful for your warmth and hospitality and we will be back again soon to see you.