Looking to staycation in Ireland this Summer? Interested in escaping from the everyday and embracing a fun, safe adventure with something for everyone? We recommend discovering Ireland’s hidden heartlands and its unspoilt forests, hiking trails, wetlands, historical monuments and gorgeous countryside while you cruise on the River Shannon, at your own pace, onboard one of our luxurious Silver Line Cruises boats.
Rest Assured We Know This Business
We have been in this business over the last 40 years and have a fleet of over 40 luxurious boats to choose from. Our boats can accommodate from two to twelve people. All have galley kitchens with fridges, warm and comfortable births, inside dining space, WCs and showers, sun decks for al fresco dining and and are fully equipped. We can even pre-stock your fridge with supplies provide you with bikes or for those going fishing equip you with an outboard motor or extra fishing dinghy. Find out more on our Extra Services.
Never taken the wheel before?
We have expert instructors who will train you up ahead of leaving the marina so you will feel confident in all aspects of water safety, managing the boat with ease, mooring, dropping anchor and cruising around on the River. For more on what to expect, read our beginner’s guide to boating holiday’s blog and review our FAQs for more information. And we’ll bring you up to speed on all aspects of the Captain’s Handbook to Cruising.
Create Your Memorable Adventure
If you are wondering what is possible and are new to all of this, we have created several itineraries based on three to seven night packages full of activities and others more relaxed. For more on these possibilities visit our recommendations.
Be Captain of your own adventure as you gently cruise along on your own itinerary. Relax for a few hours or cast out a line and try fishing, tuck into an alfresco lunch onboard, drop anchor and dive in for a swim or moor and stop off to go for a wander in some of the towns and villages you pass by. For those looking for more adventure, what about hiring canoes and bringing them with you to explore the river as you choose.
Re-discover hidden gems on your journey from the luxury of your boat such as the historic town of Athlone with its majestic castle. Motor on past the dramatic 16th century Portumna Castle and Gardens on the shores of Lough Derg and stop off for a wander and explore its visitor centre.
Looking to discover more?
Why not travel further South on the River and cruise around the ‘Holy Island of Lough Derg’ (Inis Cealtra) on its Western shore and take a closer look at this monastic settlement, brimming with history.
From the remnants of the Celts’ potion-making equipment to the Viking raids of the 9th century, the stories of the Holy Island’s past cling to the land. With the ruins of no fewer than six churches on this tiny island, its easy to see where this island got its name. For an expert’s insight, seek out local historian, Ger Madden.
His tours from Mountshannon bring this ancient monastic settlement back to life. And look out for the white-tailed eagles, Saoirse and Caimin and their chicks, who have nested in the area.
Want to make a splash?
Aqua Park (INSERT LINK) on the shores of Lough Derg in Dromineer offers a full range of water activities from its inflatable water park to SUP Paddleboards, Banana Boats and kayaks for hire.
Hidden Gems – North & South of The River Shannon
There are hidden gems just waiting for you to discover along this unspoiled shoreline. No wonder Ireland’s hidden heartlands have become one of Ireland’s top attractions for our international visitors. From historic monuments to water parks, playparks, forest trails and more there’s a wealth of interesting cultural and fun places to explore. For more – see our summary of activities North of the Shannon and South of the Shannon to help with planning your own trip.