Evening Boat Trip on Lough Ree

The Hidden Heartlands Tour Cruise boat
The Hidden Heartlands Tour Cruise boat

Wineport Lodge for an evening drink
Wineport Lodge for an evening drink

The Hidden Heartlands Tour Cruise boat
The Hidden Heartlands Tour Cruise boat

€200 for Boat hire - 4 guests travelling in same group

Duration of trip: 2 Hours

This cruise is perfect for an evening spin, a glass of wine and a time for relaxing. Learn about the history of the lake, it's islands and wildlife.

The cruise will end either back at the pick up point or you could arrive in style at one of the many restaurants along the water. 

Below is a popular route for this trip:

 

We set off from Athlone Marina where I will give a short history of Athlone, pointing out the historical importance of the town bridge and Athlone Castle. 

We will then head north up the river, passing The Luan Gallery, The Custume Army Barracks built in the 1600’s, the beautiful low lying grasslands of the river before coming to the mouth of Lough Ree. It is the largest lake on the River Shannon with a surface area of 41sq. miles, 23 miles long, 8 miles wide and over 120 islands dotted around it.

In bygone days the islands sustained small populations of inhabitants who farmed and fished, right up to recent times. There is evidence of ring forts ,and Christian monasteries, on Inchcleraun, Quakers Island, and Rindoon, where Christian life flourished until the time of Henry V111.

From Hare Island we will enter what is called “an inner lake", a lake within a lake, taking in beautiful views of Glasson , and Ballykeeran, and floating through ponds of pink and white water lilies.

We will tie up for 20 minutes and enjoy a relaxing drink at the famous Wineport Lodge, before making our way slowly back towards Athlone.

 

 

FAQ

What should guests bring with them? - A warm jacket, hat, sunglasses, Suncream, comfortable runners, No flip flops! 

Can you collect us at the Train or Bus Stations?

Yes. Guests planning to arrive in Athlone by public transport, I will pick up at the train / bus station and bring you to the boat.

Can you collect us from our accommodation?

Yes, we collect you and drop you off at your door.