Imagine you and your friends combining your love of golf with a leisurely cruise aboard Shannon Princess II, a fully-crewed luxury hotel barge, drifting along tranquil waterways past some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland, along the beautiful river Shannon. Your floating hotel is furnished with every modern comfort.
The finest gourmet cuisine is prepared by your on-board master chef, complemented by a wide array of fine regional wines and an open bar, and of course, the experienced and knowledgeable crew is there to attend to your slightest need.
DAY 1, Sunday : Glasson
Guests are met in Dublin (other locations available for private Charter bookings) and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Shannon Princess moored right next to the 17th tee at Glasson Golf and Country Club. Your Captain and his crew welcome you on board with Champagne, Black Velvets or Irish Coffees, then time perhaps for a stroll. Dinner on board.
DAY 2, Monday : Glasson to Athlone
This morning, enjoy a round of golf at Glasson Golf and Country Club, a Christy O'Connor design quoted as "the best he has done so far". The course presents you with many challenges and treats, as well as spectacular views from all 18 holes (18 holes, 6400m, Par 72). After lunch back on board, we cruise around the beautiful Inner Lakes of Lough Ree and moor in Athlone. In the afternoon we visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey, dating from 1757 and the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, for a tour and, of course, a tasting. Dinner on board.
DAY 3, Tuesday : Athlone to Banagher
This morning we cruise through a wild life flora and fauna reserve, mooring on the way at the ancient ruins of Clonmacnoise, a famed 6th century university and early Christian settlement. After a guided tour we enjoy lunch on board, whilst cruising on north to Athlone through Europe's richest example of "Callow" landscape, countryside little changed in over 1,000 years. After lunch we transfer to the K Golf Club, which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup. The Arnold Palmer designed course is one of the premier parkland golf courses in Europe (18 holes, 6815m, Par 72). Return to the barge for dinner on board, followed by a session of golf lore and music at a local pub.
DAY 4, Wednesday : Shannonbridge to Terryglass
After breakfast we cruise down through Meelick lock, pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess passage onto idyllic Lough Derg. We moor at Terryglass Harbour where there is time to explore this charming hamlet. In the afternoon, we visit Leap Castle, reputed to be Ireland' s most haunted house. You will be greeted by Sean Ryan and his family who will invite you into their unusual home and Sean, a renowned musician, will tell you the fascinating history of the castle and the part it played in founding the American Constitution. Sean will gladly play a few tunes with possibly the added bonus of being joined by his talented young daughter who will demonstrate her amazing dancing skills. Dinner on board.
DAY 5, Thursday : Terryglass to Mountshannon
A sunrise cruise before we transfer you to Adare Manor Golf Resort, an exquisite 18-hole Championship course featuring 230 acres of lush Irish countryside with lakes and a river meandering through it. The Adare course was designed by legendary Robert Trent Jones Senior (18 holes, 6815m, Par 71). We return to Shannon Princess and set sail across beautiful Lough Derg, passing Forrest Park and ancient mountains to our mooring at Mountshannon, a lovely lakeside village perched above the Lough. Dinner on board.
DAY 6, Friday : Mountshannon to Killaloe
This morning we continue our cruise south on Lough Derg past her many islands re-joining the River Shannon to our final mooring at Killaloe, once home to the court of the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. Before lunch, there is time for you to visit the town, then we transfer you to Lahinch Golf Club – ranked in the World's top 100 and dating back to 1892, making it one of Ireland's oldest clubs. The golf course is a 70 minute drive each way, but well worth it! (18 holes, 6115m, Par 72). Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
DAY 7, Saturday : Killaloe
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Dublin (other locations available for private Charter bookings).
SHANNON PRINCESS HOME
- This is a
sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse
direction on alternate weeks.
- Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.
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