Ireland Barge Cruises
BARGING IN IRELAND ON THE SHANNON WATERWAY
Your river barge cruise takes you to the very heart of unspoiled Ireland – where visits to ancient sites combine with enchanting local pubs and craft shops. Cruises begin and end in Dublin, a newly fashionable city with great culture, shopping and nightlife. Join us for an idyllic and fascinating cruise through the heart of Ireland - You have not really experienced Ireland until you have seen it from the water!
The Shannon Waterway bisects the center of the country. River barge Shannon Princess cruises between Quigley's Marina on Lough (lake) Ree and the charming town of Killaoe, a voyage of 125 miles. It is a two hour drive from Dublin. The barge provides a chauffeured transfer, so getting to the route is very easy! Also easy to combine with two or three days in Dublin, an enchanting city with pubs, bookstores, theater and art.
The Shannon Waterway (also known as the River Shannon) is not a river at all, but a series of very scenic lakes connected by stretches of rivers and canals. The waterway is connected to many eras and personalities. The Romans first mapped it in 300 BC. The Vikings followed and were not driven out for a thousand years. In the 5th and 6th centuries, a series of monasteries were founded along its banks – institutions that kept learning and culture alive in the Dark Ages. Today, enjoy it as a peaceful and unspoiled center of boating vacations.
We recommend this cruise to families of Irish ancestry, looking for a great family reunion package and a relaxing way to connect with their heritage. For travelers looking to see the countryside, barging is a great alternative to driving. For everyone, barging is a great way to take in gorgeous scenery, enjoy fresh Irish cuisine, and view the history, from pre-historic to contemporary. Many of our guests first cruise in France and then branch out to Ireland – and love it!
Observe birds and other wildlife. Pre-historic site- such as an Iron Age bog road and a castle devoted to Bronze Age culture. Leap Castle – reputed to be haunted! The remains of a 6th century monastery. Visit the colorful city of Galway – and shop for crystal and crafts. Be welcomed in the tiny villages and local pubs along the route. The gardens of the 17th century Birr Castle.
Irish-owned by a delightful family, our Irish barge is as welcoming as the country itself.