Cruising on the Shannon Princess – Boutique Hotel Barge, Ireland
“Cead Mile Failte,” – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!
Barge Cruising With a Unique Warm Irish Welcome.
Day 1 Sunday: Welcome to Waters & the Wild
The Barge Host will meet guests at 3.00pm at the designated meeting point. The transfer will be in the barge’s luxury private coach to the Shannon Princess in Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Family-owned and managed, Shannon Princess delivers one of the warmest welcomes in European Barging. We welcome you on board the elegant Shannon Princess with a champagne reception. There is time to relax on deck or to mingle and chat with fellow guests & local boat owners. Watch the world float by as you enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
A Cruise through the charming lower stretches of Lough Derg and the River Shannon arriving into the pretty Mountshannon – a lovely old estate village perched prettily above the Lough. Then a visit to “Cragaunowen” a Celtic Bronze Age Settlement, where your guide will interpret and bring to life the “Living Past”.
Later in the afternoon we drop in on a “Traditional Irish Hand Weavers” workshop and studio where guests will experience a step back in time while also learning how these thriving small cottage industries are dealing with technology and the future.
A beautiful sail north this morning up through Lough Derg to Terryglass. After lunch we take a visit to “Leap Castle”, reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted house. Leap Castle was once home to one of America’s founding Fathers – John Carroll.
You will be hosted by Sean Ryan, a renowned musician, and his family who will invites us in to their unusual home.
Today take a morning excursion to the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Portumna Castle, and onto Galway, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural centre of Irish speaking regions in the west of Ireland.
Lunch is at an authentic Guinness & Oyster Bar with time to browse and explore the colourful shops and streets.
Return to “Shannon Princess’ for gourmet dinner as we cruise through ever-changing landscapes, crumbling ivy covered ruins, medieval garrisons & sleepy market villages.
Today we move towards the riverside town of Athlone, stopping en route at Clonmacnoise, a famed 6th century university and early Christian settlement. After a visit to the interpretative centre we continue north through Europe’s richest example of “callows” landscape. This is one of Irelands premier wildflower reserves.
Explore at your leisure with time for shopping, antiquing or a visit to any of the town’s impromptu traditional music pubs. Don’t forget to return on board for a gourmet dinner!
Day 6 Friday: Lough Ree & Kilbeggan Distilery
This morning we sail up through Lough Ree and its Islands and the lovely inner lakes to Glasson, Co. Westmeath.
An afternoon visit is made to a local whiskey distillery. Dating from 1757, the Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.
Later that evening we have our Captains “Farewell” Gourmet Dinner showcasing local food produce.
Day 7 Saturday: Farewell
After a final scrumptious breakfast, we will say farewell and transfer you to Dublin Airport or your hotel.