Guided Biking / Cycling Cruise Itinerary
- The hospitality and gourmet dining of boutique hotel barge Shannon Princess
- Cruise and cycle with your personal cycling guide, along with our luxury minibus as backup vehicle.
- Cycle through a series of quintessentially Irish landscapes: slow rivers, green hills, charming villages, and meandering country lanes.
- Soak up fascinating traditions, visit historic sites and enjoy lively riverside culture.
- A private whiskey tasting.
- A private chocolate tasting.
- Visit to a local cheese maker
- For private charter only. Inquire for current supplement pricing.
DAY 1, Sunday
Your cycling guide joins you for a briefing on the week’s cycling. Bikes and equipment are allocated and fitted for size. Our choices of routes on offer ranging from deserted country lanes, gentle hill-climbs, to riverside flatlands, are discussed between the guide and guests so trips may be planned exactly to the cyclists’ requirements.
DAY 2, Monday
Morning cycle through the low hills and shoreside lanes of County Clare. A gentle climb through the Low Hills of Lough Derg known as "the East Clare Way" brings you to the exquisite riverside village of Scarriff. Gourmet picnic lunch and visit to a local organic chocolate studio shop for tasting and demonstration. Return to barge and continue cruise to Mountshannon, as we literately go with the flow up through Lough Derg with its many islands and medieval strongholds.
DAY 3, Tuesday
Leisurely morning cruise to Terryglass. Today Shannon Princess meanders effortlessly north through Lough Derg in the footsteps of St. Patrick. We moor waterside at the foot of a hill that slopes gently up to Terryglass village. Lunch at a Guinness and oyster gastro pub. Depart the barge for an afternoon cycle through the Portumna Castle National Park Forest trail. This is a loop trail taking in small hamlets and deserted country ruins and returns you to the barge in time for a pre-dinner swim.
DAY 4, Wednesday
The Shannon Princess journeys through the ancient kingdoms of Connaught and Leinster as we cruise to the walled town of Shannonbridge. Cruise up the River Shannon through the Callows flood plains and bird reserve to Shannonbridge. Afternoon cycle along the crumbling ruins of a deserted garrison to the Grand Canal and on to Lough Boora parklands Sculpture Park. Back at the barge a local expert hosts a personalized whiskey tasting of single malt and pot still Irish whiskeys.
DAY 5, Thursday
Cycle and cruise upriver to Athlone. Enroute we moor at Clonmacnoise, the ancient burial grounds of the High Kings of Tara and Connaught. Clonmacnoise is an atmospheric and spiritual 6th century monastic settlement. This is a true highlight of the cruise and is the most significant monastic foundation of the Celtic Church on Irish soil, said to have been established in the mid-6th century by St Ciarán. The monastery and its famous school were much patronized by the kings of the northern part of Ireland. The monastery was pillaged by the Vikings and the Irish at different phases of its history. Cycle the riverside "Pilgrim’s Path" to Clonmacnoise. Enjoy a guided visit to this historic site. Return to the barge for a late gourmet lunch on route to Athlone. Optional spa visit for hydro & hot atone therapies. Classic and traditional musicians treat you to an after-dinner music on the water experience in Athlone.
DAY 6, Friday
Cycle through the quiet country lanes of Glasson Village, called "Goldsmith Country" through its association with the writer Oliver Goldsmith. There’s time for a cycle through the winding lanes and alleys of this old Viking town. Back on board, Shannon Princess sets out to explore a river wrapped in the legends of time, and now more recently, a preserved area of ecological importance. Lunch waterside at the award-winning Wineport Lodge. Afternoon visit to cheese maker and return to Shannon Princess for Champagne Reception & Farewell Dinner Cruise to our overnight mooring.
DAY 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Dublin (other locations available for private Charter bookings).
NOTE: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. Itineraries are subject to change.
Cycling up Windy Hill