Boat Tour to Clonmacnoise
€300 per group
Maximum 4 guests from same group
Duration of trip: 5 Hours
Enjoy a cruise to Clonmacnoise south of Athlone on the River Shannon. Below is an outline of the tour:
The boat will be moored up under the ancient castle in Athlone and from there the majestic trip will start through the lough gates onto Clonmacnoise and returning to Athlone finishing with a drink in Sean's Bar, the worlds oldest bar.
Heading south passing the meadows & callows on the west side where you will see native wildlife such as:
Moorhen, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Coot and Grey Heron.
The peat bogs which surround the river are home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and is preserved as a natural habitat to the now rare corncrake.
Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastic site and approaching Clonmacnoise by river is simply majestic.
A walk amongst the peaceful stone ruins of this famous place will conjure images of the saints and scholars of Ireland’s renowned Golden Age of learning.
Founded by St Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became a great centre of religion and learning.
Visitors can see three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers. The beautifully preserved structures of Clonmacnoise Cathedral, Temple Doolin, Melaghlin will impress and leave those who visit Clonmacnoise with an authentic sense of the history of Ireland.
After visiting the monastic site, refreshments will be served on the boat before heading up river back to Athlone.
Our final stop, Sean's Bar, the oldest pub in the world. There we will sample a Guinness, or an Irish Coffee, or a malt whiskey.
What do you provide on this tour?
Professional Tour Guide
Drinks and refreshments
Life Jackets & Safety Equipment
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 to the boat.
Can you collect us from our accommodation?
Yes, we collect you and drop you off at your door.
What should guests bring with them?
Rain Gear, Walking Shoes, Entrance fee to Clonmacnoise (€8), Camera.