Cruising on the River Shannon, between Killaloe and Glasson(or reverse)
Cruise route map
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Sunday, Day 1Killaloe
Moor up in wonderful settings
Guests are met at at the Aberdeen Lodge Hotel in Dublin and transferred to the Shannon Princess moored in historic Killaloe, which is situated in County Clare on the Shannon’s West Bank and named after a monastery founded by St. Lua in the sixth century. Time for a stroll around the picturesque town of Killaloe. St. Flannan’s Cathedral is worth a visit. It was built in the 13th century to replace the first Cathedral destroyed by Donal Mor O’Brien, King of Munster and a descendant of Brian Boru. It has many artefacts predating the 13th century including an ancient Ogham stone. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2Killaloe to Mountshannon
Today we begin our cruise, moving through from the fjord like reaches of the Shannon into lovely Lough Derg. Enroute past Holy Island, Deer Rock & Derry Castle, we move onto the widest point of the lake and ease westward towards to our mooring at Mountshannon. After lunch depart by bus for a visit to the Craggaunowen Project, which is a Celtic Bronze Age settlement or “Crannog” reconstructed. Later in the afternoon we visit a traditional Irish hand weavers workshop, where guests will experience a step back in time, while learning how these thriving small cottage industries are dealing with technology and the future. Option to go to the Cliffs of Moher today. Dinner on board.
Relax in total comfort
Tuesday, Day 3Mountshannon to Terryglass
Traditional Irish music
in a local pub
During a leisurely cruise north through a wide variety of lake and shoreline scenery we pass the island of Illamore and ease towards the Eastern Shore. Arrive in Terryglass, a beautiful tiny picturesque village a few hundred yards from the harbour. The village has twice won the highly coveted national prize of Irelands Tidiest Town. After lunch we visit "Leap Castle", reputed to be Ireland's most haunted house. You will be greeted by Sean Ryan and his family who will invite you in to their unusual home and Sean, a renowned musician, will tell you the fascinating history of the castle and the part it played in founding the American Constitution. Sean will gladly play a few tunes, with possibly the added bonus of being joined by his talented daughter, who will demonstrate her amazing dancing skills. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4Terryglass to Banagher
Ancient Celtic sites
This morning we visit the Walled Kitchen Gardens of Portumna Castle and onto Galway City, a lively Anglo-Norman university town and cultural centre of Irish speaking regions in the west of France. Lunch out at an authentic Guinness and oyster bar with time to browse and explore the colourful shops and streets. Return to Shannon Princess and enjoy dinner on board as we cruise to Banager Town on the Co. Offaly shore. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5Banagher to Athlone
Cruise the meandering
Today we cruise towards the riverside town of Athlone, stopping enroute at Clonmacnoise Ruins a famed 6th century University and early Christian settlement. Continue our cruise north through Europe’s richest example of “callows” landscape. This is one of Ireland’s premier wildflower reserves. Explore at your leisure with time for shopping and antiquing. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6Athlone to Glasson
Savour wonderful lunches
This morning we sail north to Lough Ree as we explore some of the 365 islands. We moor at on the beautiful “Inner Lakes” of Lough Ree. After lunch visit a local whiskey distillery. Dating from 1757 the Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest pot whiskey distillery in world. Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Glasson
the perfect end to the perfect day
After breakfast transfer by coach back to Dublin.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.