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Ireland - This is a country that is closely bound up with the sea and gave birth to the great James Joyce. It’s a small island, criss-crossed by beautiful rivers and canals, and also dotted with navigable lakes that are teeming with salmon and trout. It has everything you need for really enjoyable boating holidays. The waterways in the heart of Ireland are like veins or arteries running through the country, flowing past castles perched on hillsides, granite villages, bustling towns, megaliths, thousand-year-old forests, monastic sites and golf courses with extensive greens. Ireland has 5,000 years of history as well as calm, gentle waters, bathed in a light that’s unique. All this can be enjoyed from your canal boat, which gives you total freedom to explore at your own pace.
Riverboat sailing in Ireland is a unique and spectacular journey. This is where geography meets history. The Shannon Waterway in Ireland and the Erne in Northern Ireland are one of the finest places in Europe for boat holidays and exploring the stunning scenery - so do not forget your binoculars. From the deck of the river boat you have the opportunity to experience the beautiful nature you sail in.
If you follow Shannon south, you travel back in time into the country history with its centuries - old castles and architectural remains. Further north, the Erne opens up into a typical Irish region with stone-built villages. The aptly named Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for beginners as well as more experienced sailors.
You may not have thought of seeing Ireland from its rivers and lakes when you were looking for holiday ideas. But it is a trip that really captures the spirit of the times. Your travelers soul falls in love instead. You will be hugely impressed with the quality of our bases, our fleet of self-propelled boats that require no license to operate them, our cruise plans and the simple boat holiday in the land of the Celts. Travel in the footsteps of the Vikings, who also sailed up the rivers of Ireland, and discover the druids, poets and artists who are the tutelary gods of Ireland, a land where everything arouses passion.
The riverboats are attractive, easy to steer and allow you to combine discovery with pleasure.
The kitchen is characterized by a strong home cooking, simple meat dishes, soups, fish dishes and cooked vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, turnips and parsnips. However, over the years, the kitchen has become lighter and more refined.
The breakfast is a hearty meal, Ulster fry, which can consist of oatmeal or. oatmeal, grilled spicy sausages, blood sausage, fried, smoked pork, Sodabread (bread with buttermilk and baking powder), a few slices of tomato, fried eggs and fried potato cake el. Boxty (grated raw potato mixed with mashed potatoes, flour, baking powder, buttermilk and eggs fried on the pan). A few years ago, hot food was served for lunch and a light meal in the evening, but that has changed in many places. Soda bread is very common.
As Ireland is surrounded by sea and has a large number of lakes, fish such as cod, haddock, mackerel, eel, trout, salmon - preferably smoked salmon - sole and turbot are often seen on the map. Oysters were formerly an everyday food and were used as a garnish and as stuffings in fish dishes, now they are served raw with the famous Pint of Guinness.
An Irish starter is often soup, a vegetable soup blended with cream el. just broth, classic Fish Chowder with lean fish types and bread crumbs, mussel soup el. Muttonbroth (a soup of barley, mutton, vegetables and bouquet garni). The probably most famous dish Irish stew (in Irish Stobhach Gaelach) is made on lamb el. beetroot, cabbage, onions and potatoes. Kidney Pie, hot pie of beef, kidney, potatoes and spices is seen both for lunch and dinner.
The farm cheeses have retained their popularity, and types such as Cashel Blue, St. Killian, Carrigaline and Durrus are seen far beyond the Irish border. Fruit cake (a solid shortbread with pickled fruits and a very long shelf life, poured well before serving with Whiskey) el. Porter cake with dried fruits and Guinness can be served at the end of a meal.
The Shannon River is the longest river in Ireland and offers unrivaled opportunities for fishing, water sports and sailing. Angling is extremely popular in the region, and you will also find plenty of salmon, trout and eel.
Shopping in Shannon. A trip to Shannon also offers unique shopping opportunities in one of the many shops in the city. Most are located in or around the modern Skycourt Shopping Center, which opened in 2004 and has more than 55 stores. At Shannon Airport you will also find the worlds first customs free shop, which opened in 1947.
Sights in and around Shannon Just 5 km from Shannon is the best-preserved medieval castle in Ireland, Bunratty Castle, built in the early 15th century. The castle was renovated in 1954 and is home to a collection of furniture, tapestries and works of art from the 15th and 16th centuries. It is famous for the medieval gala dinners held in the evening in the Great Hall, where diners can enjoy a delicious meal and lovely wines while being entertained with old Irish songs from the Bunratty Singers.