Swan on a peaceful river Shannon
Blogs | November 2, 2023

Explore the Irish Countryside on your Luxury Barge Cruise

An Inspiring Journey

The Shannon Princess travels the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river comprising of a series of lakes, rivers and canals. It is a river of natural beauty, unspoiled landscapes, wildfowl reserves, folklore and history. Throughout your journey be inspired by the surrounding beautiful Irish countryside as we cruise to medieval towns and villages along the way between Athlone to Killaloe.


Discover Natural Beauty

The River Shannon is a natural beauty and enjoys a richness in wild flowers, birds and animals along its waterways. Sit back and relax on our luxury barge hotel and enjoy the many sights along the way. At certain locations we moor right up to the banks of the River Shannon and bring our guests on excursions; such as Clonmacnoise - an early christian settlement  which has survived for thousands of years. Further south at Mountshannon our guests can observe the rare white tailed eagles nesting in waterside trees.

The riverside town of Athlone has much to offer which you can enjoy at your leisure. The river is overlooked by Athlone Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Enjoy cruising along the river taking in the views from the town while you enjoy cocktails on deck.


Lough Ree & Lough Derg

Lough Ree and Lough Derg are lakes on the River Shannon. Lough Ree is well known for tales of Irish folklore. It stretches for miles to the beautiful village of Glasson. Entering the charming shores of Lough Derg we arrive into Mountshannon and Terryglass – lovely villages perched on the lake. We pass through ever-changing landscapes on our journey. North of Lough Derg the River Shannon has a very shallow gradient and in parts regularly floods its banks resulting in wet grassland area, known as the Shannon Callows. This area is renowned for its wildlife, flora and fauna.


Explore the Irish Countryside

The Irish countryside provides a truly wonderful experience for a walking holiday. Take our guided walking tours exploring country riverside villages or venture down bye roads with views of Slieve Bloom. Ireland is home to many of europe's finest golf courses . Taking the golf cruise option on our luxury hotel barge you will get to play on beautifully                                                                                               landscaped courses such as Adare Manor, Lahinch and The K club set among the Irish countryside.

Take A Trip of a Lifetime

The Shannon Princess is the perfect way to explore the River Shannon and what her loughs and riverside towns have to offer. Enjoying it all from the comfort of a luxury hotel barge with exclusive restaurant style food creating an unforgettable experience. There is no doubt that each and every place we visit the friendly locals will welcome our guests with open arms. Contact us today.

cyclists look out over Lough Derg

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