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Shannon Princess II

Shannon River Cruise (7 days)

The 10-passenger Shannon Princess II is the largest hotel barge cruising on the River Shannon. The barge was refurbished in 2003 and the beautifully designed interior includes comfortable riverside cabins with large picture windows and modern bathrooms. There is also a spacious saloon, dining area and full length upper sun deck. The experienced Captain and crew of the Shannon Princess II will ensure that your every need is accommodated and your cruise to the unspoiled reaches of the Shannon countryside is one to remember.





A local transfer from Dublin to Quigley's Marina is included. Full details available on request.

Day 1: Quigley's Marina

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will run in the reverse direction. You will be met at the designated meeting point and taken to the Shannon Princess which will be moored in Quigley's Marina. The Captain and crew will be waiting to greet you with champagne, Black Velvets or Irish Coffees.

Day 2: Quigley’s Marina - Athlone

After breakfast you begin your cruise around the beautiful “Inner Lakes” of Lough Ree and then continue north to Lough Ree itself as you explore some of the 365 islands on the lake. Then circle back to the river and travel to your mooring in Athlone Town. After lunch depart by bus to the “Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre”. The centre interprets an Iron Age bog road which was built in the year 148 BC across the Boglands close to the River Shannon. The oak road is the largest of its kind to have been uncovered in Europe and was excavated over the years by Professor Barry Raferty of University College Dublin.

Day 3: Athlone - Shannonbridge

This morning the barge descends through Athlone Lock and heads south through Europe’s richest example of “Callow” landscape. Here, the countryside has little changed in over 1000 years and the area is one of Ireland’s premier Wildfowl Reserves. Moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famed 6th century University and early Christian settlement. Return to the barge for lunch onboard as you travel to Shannonbridge, a typical Irish riverside town. In the afternoon, travel by bus to Birr Castle, Ireland's Historical Science Centre and home to the oldest telescope in the world. Birr Castle also boasts glorious landscaped gardens dating back to the 17th century.

Day 4: Shannonbridge - Terryglass

Today you will travel along a particularly pretty stretch of the Shannon, watching as an ever-changing landscape glides by. Cruise down through Meelick lock and pause as the Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess onto idyllic Lough Derg. Moor at Terryglass Harbour and enjoy lunch at the Derg Inn in the village. There will be time to explore this charming hamlet before an afternoon excursion to Leap Castle, reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted house. You will be greeted by Sean Ryan and his family who will invite you into 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 and may be joined by his talented young daughter who will demonstrate her amazing dancing skills.

Day 5: Terryglass - Mountshannon

Enjoy a full day excursion to Galway, a lively university city and cultural centre for the Irish speaking regions of Western Ireland. Here you will have the chance to visit Galway Crystal and a wide range of craft and linen shops. Lunch will be taken at a traditional Guinness and oyster pub and from here you will return to the Shannon Princess, setting sail through the exceptionally beautiful Lough Derg as you set a course for Mountshannon – a lovely lakeside village perched above the lough.

Day 6: Mountshannon - Killaloe

Set sail through southern Lough Derg and her many Islands, rejoin the River Shannon and reach Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. The barge will moor on the Tipperary side of this elegant little town and there will be plenty of time for you to explore. After lunch on board, take an excursion to a unique project set in the grounds of Graggaunowen Castle, designed to bring Bronze Age and Celtic culture to life. The displays also include a reconstructed hide boat used by Irish Monks to sail to North America in the 5th century.

Day 7: Killaloe

After a final breakfast on board, disembark for a local transfer and your onward journey.


Disembark in Killaloe for a transfer bacdk to Dublin. Full details available on request.


  • Six nights' accommodation on board Shannon Princess II
  • Full board during the cruise (from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day)
  • Chauffeured and guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Use of bicycles
  • Specially selected European wines with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers between Dublin and the ship


  • International transportation
  • Personal insurance
  • Crew gratuity

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