Barge Cruising in Ireland
Cruise to the heart of Ireland along the River Shannon, boasting natural beauty and unspoiled landscapes. 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.
Expansive skies, rolling hills of emerald, and abundant flora and fauna set the tone for this sweeping and scenic cruise route. Within the heart of Ireland, the cruise route on the River Shannon reveals dual worlds of immense natural beauty and centuries of dynastic rule. Ruins of majestic castles and ancient monasteries waiting to be explored dot the landscape, living side by with the wildlife who make their homes along the river. Of course, no barge cruise in Ireland is complete without a journey of culinary discovery to address outdated ideas of Irish fare. Classic Continental cuisine is re-imagined through contemporary cooking techniques. Local ingredients are sourced at regional markets and area shops. Rustic salads and savory quiches are welcome comforts at lunch. Multicourse dinners feature gourmet entrees and decadent cheese platters. A “wee dram” of whiskey or gin from the barge’s bar encourages after-dinner conversation. Old and New World wines are carefully paired with meals, expanding the exploration of modern Irish cuisine.