CRUISING IRELAND’S WATERWAYS


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Ireland conjures up visions of green rolling hills, vibrant cities with friendly locals, Guinness beer and plenty of pubs, plus miles of green countryside scattered with the ruins of yesteryear from medieval churches to picturesque stone farmhouses, quaint villages and championship seaside golfing.

One of the best and most relaxing ways to see Ireland is by sailing the waterways and rivers in a self-drive Le Boat cruiser, where you can experience this tranquil country at your own pace. Discover the bustling towns along the 500km of navigable waterways that the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, offers from Limerick to the Lower Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, on itineraries from seven to fourteen nights. Relax up on the deck whilst you cruise past medieval castles and lush green paddocks. Experience life at a completely different pace, where the only thing you have to worry about is where to anchor for the night.

Stop along the way and indulge in fishing, a round of golf or cockle and mussels in one of Ireland’s many pubs. This flexible itinerary means you can explore villages such as Tarmonbarry, with its hidden twelfth century Abbey, Carriglas Manor, a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture as well as some good Irish craic.

Canal du midi juin 2008 PrËs du Somail en Minervois AUDEDrumshanbo is a typical Irish village located along the Shannon that once had a thriving iron mining industry. The city has a great religious past and has three churches that you can visit. There are also beautiful walking paths around the lake.

Carrick-On-Shannon is the largest town in County Leitrim. The ruins of the old Carrick Castle can be glimpsed from the Carrick Bridge. Stop in this pretty town, learn its history and discover its culture in the art centre as well as visit the great Saint Mary’s Church.

Le Boat holidays are ideal for families, groups or couples and offer the opportunity to explore Ireland’s scenery in the comfort and security of your own self-contained boat. No experience or license is necessary, plus you have the guidance and support of Le Boat’s expert team before, during and after your travels. They show you everything you need to know in a briefing and demonstration, then you’re off enjoying your holiday. It’s like driving a car, but much easier and more relaxing.

Le Boat provides all the necessary cruising maps and tourist information, a boat user manual, basic first aid kit and safety equipment of life ring, life jackets, boat hook, fenders and not forgetting the deck equipment of mooring pegs, mallet, mop, bucket and ropes. Their range of boats can accommodate small groups of 2 right up to parties of 12. All the creature comforts you would expect of a vacation home are provided. Comfortable beds, pillows, linens, bath and tea towels are supplied and the fully equipped kitchen has fridge, gas oven, stove top, dishes, and utensils.

Stylish décor, comfortable furnishings, as well as light and airy interiors are the hallmarks of Le Boat’s fleet, which are so stable on the water you don’t have to worry about feeling seasick, or spilling your coffee.

Sandra Tiltman

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