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Visit Irish High King’s fortress, castle and the famed Holy Island on the river Shannon with Le Boat

February 15, 2017 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Enjoy the beauty of Ireland on a self-drive boating holiday with Le Boat from March to June and save 15% when you book before the 28th February 2017. Ireland’s Lough Derg Cruise is the perfect place to explore with its pike and trout fishing, watersports in Dromineer, and cycling to villages, castles and cathedrals.

Le Boat’s top five activities to do on the way are:

1.Beal Boru

When in Killaloe, check out the Iron Age earthen fortress of Beal Boru, named for High King Brian Boru. Over 800 stone implements have been found around the fortress including 10 stone axes within the fort. Set in picturesque countryside, the fort can be found by trekking down the Kilaloe Scarrif Road through wooded areas detaching the walker from the modern world.

2.Holy Island

Mount Shannon’s Holy Island is one of Ireland’s most famous holy sites hosting five churches dating back to 1000AD. Its many attractions include a well-preserved Round Tower, the ruins of six churches, a Holy Well, a unique graveyard with slabs dating from the eight century, Bullaun Stones, a cell like structure, which is one of the most extraordinary buildings in Ireland and a ‘bargaining’ stone where many a marriage was brokered.

  1. Explore Portumna Castle

This imposing aristocratic residence is well worth a visit for the garden alone with its willow maze and 17th century potager kitchen garden with organic flowers, herbs, hollies, and vegetables. The garden offers the visitor an ideal opportunity to see and experience gardening layout and techniques of yesteryear.

  1. Nengah Castle

Climb the 101 steps in Nenagh’s oldest building from the 13th century. The Castle boasts the finest cylindrical keep in Ireland. Like most keeps, it formed part of the perimeter of the fortress, being incorporated in the curtain walls surrounding a five-sided courtyard.

  1. Unwind in quaint villages

When river cruising on the Shannon, kick back in villages like Terryglass, with its fab food and Celtic music. The Derg Inn is one place where you can salivate over fresh Irish produces such as Mossfield Organic farm cheeses and daily baked bread and sample Irish Craft beers complementing the world renowned velvety, deep dark Guinness and the Irish Whisky Bar.

Le Boat holidays in the on the Shannon in Ireland start from $1560 for up to 4 people on a three star Caprice boat for 7 nights.

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