The Shannon is the longest river in the British Isles, meandering through glorious scenery rich in widlife. Shannon Princess cruises amongst the many islands scattered across Lough Ree and calls at Athlone on its southern shore, the old village of Derg, and through mountain scenery to Mountshannon on Lough Derg. On alternate weeks this itinerary runs in reverse, leaving from Killaloe.
Legends surround the islands of Lough Ree, where monasteries thrived until the time of Henry VIII. Further back in time, see the remains of an Iron Age bog road near Athlone. Moored beneath the ruins of Clonmacnoise, explore the remains before travelling to the lovely Birr Castle. One of the river's most picturesque stretches follows en route to the Derg Inn and the infamous Leap Castle. In Galway, enjoy Guinness and Oysters before cruising to Mountshannon and the pretty lake-side village of Killaloe.
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Shannon River and Irish Lakes Itinerary
Day 1 - Glasson (Ireland)
Guests will be met in Dublin and transferred to the Shannon princess moored in Glasson. Your Captain and his crew welcome you on board the delightful Shannon Princess with Champagne, Black Velvets or Irish Coffees! Dinner on board.
Day 2 - Athlone
This morning we begin our cruise around the beautiful "Inner Lakes" of Lough Ree and then continue north as we explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. We then circle back to the River Shannon and onto our mooring in Athlone Town. After lunch we depart by bus to the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, dating from 1757. On the return journey there is time for a visit to Ballinahown, an artisan craft village. Dinner on board.
Day 3 - Shannon Bridge
The Shannon Princess descends through Athlone Lock and heads south through Europe's richest example of "Callow" landscape. We moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th-century university and early Christian settlement. Following a tour, we cruise to Shannonbridge. 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. After dinner on board, join the captain for a pint in Killeen's pub for some Irish music whilst we pass time with the locals.
Day 4 - Terryglass
We travel a very pretty stretch of the Shannon with an ever-changing landscape drifting by. Travelling down through Meelick lock, pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess passage onto idyllic Lough Derg. We moor at Terryglass Harbour. This afternoon we visit Birr Castle, still resided in by Lord Rosse and his family, to see the magnificent gardens, the fascinating Science Centre and admire the historic Great Telescope. Dinner on board.
Day 5 - Mountshannon
A full day excursion to Galway City - a lively University City and cultural centre for Irish speaking regions in Western Ireland. Visit Galway crystal, craft and linen shops and then lunch at a traditional Guinness & Oyster pub. Return to Shannon Princess and set sail through the especially beautiful Lough Derg passing Forrest Park and ancient mountains as we set our course for Mountshannon - a lovely lakeside village perched above the Lough. Dinner on board.
Day 6 - Killaloe
This morning we set sail through south Lough Derg and her many islands rejoining the River Shannon and entering Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. After lunch on board, we set off on our excursion to a unique project set in the grounds of Craganowen Castle, designed to bring Bronze Age & Celtic culture to life. Later in the afternoon, we visit a traditional Irish hand weavers workshop. "Salinte" cocktail reception and Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7 - Killaloe
After breakfast transfer by coach to the designated drop off point in Dublin.
PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary runs in reverse on alternate weeks. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.