Explore the ocean of Ireland with your fellow travelers
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.
This land of mystery and legend unfolds on every side as you cruise along the waterways. A unique and spectacular journey. This is where geography meets history. The Shannon–Erne Waterway is the meeting-point of two rivers: the Shannon in the Republic of Ireland and the Erne in Northern Ireland. It’s one of the finest places in Europe for boating holidays and exploring the natural world – so don’t forget your binoculars. You’ll be surrounded by blue and green, punctuated by picturesque villages. From the deck of your self-drive boat you can watch unique scenes: a red-billed chough taking flight or a pike wriggling in the water. Spend some time drinking it all in and living simply among a people and a culture that will leave a lasting impression. If you follow the Shannon southwards, you’ll travel back in time into the history of the country, with its centuries-old castles and architectural remains. Further north, the Erne opens up into a typically Irish region, with stone-built villages. The aptly-named Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for beginners as well as more experienced sailors. Why not go for a round of golf on one of the world-famous courses to stretch your legs? Peace and freedom on an idyllic journey full of adventure, which wakes up all your senses: that’s what an Ireland cruise can offer. Why not give it a try? You may not have thought about seeing Ireland from its rivers and lakes when you were looking out for holiday ideas. But it’s a trip that really captures the spirit of the age. Your traveller’s soul will fall in love with the place. You’ll be hugely impressed by the quality of our bases, our fleet of self-drive boats, which require no license to drive them, our cruise itineraries and the pure simplicity of boating holidays in the land of the Celts. Travel in the footsteps of the Vikings, who also sailed up Ireland’s rivers, and discover the Druids, poets and artists who are the tutelary deities of Ireland, a land where everything arouses passion. Skippering your canal boat, you can get to know this unspoilt and friendly civilisation at the slow pace of your boat. Our self-drive boats are attractive, easy to steer and let you combine discovery with pleasure. The watchword here is céad míle fáilte, which literally means ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’… You’ve got it; the Irish are among the most welcoming people on the planet, something you’ll experience every day on the waterways, as well as on land. If you’ve already visited Ireland by car, don’t miss the incredible experience of a ‘road trip’ by boat. To complete the adventure, take some bikes on board from our base and you’ll be as free on land as you are on the water.
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 ShannonA trip to Shannon also offers unique shopping opportunities in the city's wide range of shops. 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 world's 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.