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Explore the Ireland the locals know with Le Boat

March 8, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Le Boat is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Half a century of exploring destinations the locals know, Le Boat now offers holidays in nine destinations including the emerald isle of Ireland. On your journey visit Portumna Castle in County Galway – a semi fortified house built in the early 17th century by the 4th Earl of Clanricarde. Both King James I and Queen Elizabeth I of England have visited Portumna Castle and lords have lived here. Although gutted by fire in 1826, Portumna Castle is still a grand example of Irish architecture of the early 17th Century. Explore the ground floor, the formal, geometrically laid-out gardens, a Willow Maze with several willow varieties, a central path lined with lattice fruit trees and a restored vegetable and herb garden.

Walk in the footsteps of the saints and scholars of Ireland’s renowned Golden Age of learning at Clonmacnoise – an ancient monastic site near County Offal. Founded in 544 AD by St Ciarán on a fertile meadow it became an important site of learning and was visited by scholars around the world. The monastery survived numerous attacks from Irish, Vikings and Norman, many historical manuscripts have been written here as well as kings buried. Several churches, a round tower and a high cross will leave you with an authentic sense of Ireland’s history.

Get the perfect gift for family and friends back home at Belleek, a small village known for its history in china and porcelain production. Enjoy an Irish Whiskey or Guinness at Sean’s Bar, the oldest pub in the world founded in 900AD in Athlone or discover stories of bravery, sacrifice and fierce battles at Athlone Castle built in the 12th century. For quintessential Irish greenery visit Ballinamore. Explore along the Ballinamore looped cycling trail alongside the peaceful waters of the Shannon-Erne or enjoy some quiet fishing time from the comfort of your boat. The village is a leading fishing destination with some of the cleanest and most lightly fished natural waters in Europe.

Travel in 5-Star comfort and style and save on hotel costs with Le Boat. All boats feature fully equipped kitchens, comfortable furnishings, showers and bathrooms, and heating. No experience or boating license is necessary and instructions and an orientation are provided to all customers.

Le Boat is the No. 1 provider of boating holidays on the beautiful rivers and canals of Europe and Canada. Le Boat has the world’s largest fleet of self-drive boats and the widest choice of boating destinations to choose from.

You can enjoy a 7 night cruise with Le Boat on the Shannon River and Lough Erne in Ireland, aboard our premium range Horizon cruiser, with prices starting from AU$850 per person. And, if you book in April or May 2019 you will receive a 10% discount off our Horizon Fleet!

Lough Key, County Leitrim, Ireland

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