Private Boat tour to Clonmacnoise
Discover the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise by boat.
- 3 hr3 hours
- 200 euros€200
- Athlone Marina Westmeath
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 Victorian lough gates onto Clonmacnoise and returning to Athlone. 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 center 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. The cost of the tour is for the entire private hire of the boat for up to 5 people.