Barge Cruising in Ireland
Cruise to the heart of Ireland along the unspoiled landscapes of River Shannon. Visits to ancient sites combine with enchanting local pubs. Cruises begin and end in Dublin, a city with culture, shopping and nightlife.
Expansive skies, rolling hills of emerald, and abundant flora and fauna set the tone for this 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 castles and ancient monasteries waiting to be explored dot the landscape, alongside the wildlife who make their homes along the river. No barge cruise in Ireland is complete without a journey of culinary discovery to address outdated ideas of Irish fare. Local ingredients are sourced at regional markets and area shops. Rustic salads and savory quiches are welcome comforts at lunch. Multi-course 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.