Ahoy there! Summer is upon us and we’ve had some fabulous weather over the past few weeks. You don’t have to leave the country to have a fantastic summer holiday. Ireland is absolutely beautiful, especially if you get the good weather. There’s nowhere I’d rather be on a sunny day than in Ireland. If you’re taking a staycation in Ireland this summer, there’s plenty to do and see.
Last Summer in the month of July we brought the mammies on a cruise down the River Shannon. We hit the jackpot with the weather, there was a massive heat wave! The sun was beaming down the entire four days, we could have been in the south of France. Minus the freezing cold temperatures of the waters of Lough Derg (yes, we did go swimming) lol
A passing barge.
A passing sailboat.
We set sail from Banagher in Co. Offaly, it’s roughly a 2 hour drive from Dublin. We checked in at the Silverline offices where we watched a brief safety video. Then we were given a map and advised on our options and what different routes we could take. We opted to sail south of the river and venture into the massive, Lough Derg.
Our 6 berth Silver Crest cruiser.
Lough Derg is surrounded on both sides by quaint, Irish villages with welcoming Irish Pubs, serving Guinness to the sound of traditional Irish music, this is without doubt one of the best cruising areas in Europe.
We stopped off at four or five different towns in counties Galway, Tipperary and Clare. At each port, we docked our cruiser and ventured into the local town for dinner, drinks and a little wander around the town. This holiday adventure is ideal for families, friends, hens or stags, the atmosphere in each town was great and everyone we met along the way, was friendly and helpful.
Tuamgraney – Scarriff, County Clare.
This is possibly the smallest cinema I’ve ever come across in my life!
The Ferry Inn, County Tipperary.
Dinner in Portumna, County Galway.
Note: Lough Derg is one of the easiest options for a cruiser holiday as the Shannon has only 7 locks along its entire 500 navigable kilometres. Lough Derg is the largest of the great Shannon Lakes covering a total distance of some 24 miles between Portumna and Killaloe and it is 9 miles across at its widest point. Killaloe is one of the principal crossing points of the Shannon and the town also boasts some very fine pubs and restaurants.
She’s Queen of the world! My Mom having her Titanic moment lol 😀
If you’re planning a trip down the River Shannon, Silverline Cruisers offer a wide variety of mini-breaks starting from three nights on selected cruisers depending on availability.
We went for the Silver Crest – 6 Berth. For 3 nights 4 days it’s €850 and your tank of fuel which will run between €200/300.
This modern 6 berth design has 2 cabins and is a perfect choice for 2 couples or a family.
– dual steering
– flying bridge with canopy
– sun decks, stainless safety railings
– stereo/radio cassette
Thank you for reading, let me know if you have cruised down the River Shannon and how you got on?
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