Following your on-board training with our expert instructors and you are fully acquainted with your luxury boat and the rules of the waterways, you will head away from Banagher Marina to start your own adventure…Here’s another fun, family adventure to follow to inspire you…
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Silver Line Cruisers is renowned as one of the best in the business, and you can be rest assured you have received the benefit of their expert orientation and professionalism, no matter if you haven’t set foot on a boat before. When you leave the marina in Banagher, you’ll be confident in your chosen route and all aspects of managing your craft on the water.
Day 1 – Motor on to Athlone
Motor onto Shannonbridge and stop off and take the self guided walk around these fascinating Napoleonic fortifications dating back to 1810. Enjoy a lunch at Lukers Pub & Restaurant or Fallons Pub and then get back onboard and motor past Clanmacnoise enjoying the views of this historic landmark as you journey towards Athlone.
You’ll be surprised how much there is for the whole family to discover here. Moor up and take a stroll to the Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre, situated around the town’s historic 13th century fortress, originally built as a Shannon defense point. Here, you can chart the town’s fascinating history from the Neolithic to modern era, all thanks to its labyrinth of awesome artefacts and interactive exhibitions.
Athlone is stacked with excellent family-friendly restaurants guaranteed to satisfy all tastes, moods and budgets. Thinking pizza? Il Colloseo is an authentic Italian restaurant that’s popular with locals while the Left Bank Bistro offers excellent contemporary Irish cuisine and have a great kids menu too (think tasty hake goujons).
For a quicker bite, Loaves and Fishes café is a great casual spot to feast on fajitas and sandwiches.
Alfresco dining on board & overnight
Enjoy sunsets from your boat as you are moored up and on-board dining from your galley kitchen. Sleep well under the stars.
Day 2: Discovering legends of the Shannon
Breakfast on board and make a leisurely motor to the shores of Lough Ree for a fun filled adventure at Baysports, home to Ireland’s largest inflatable inflatable waterpark, the centre is an open-air playground of giant slides and rockers, with many neatly themed on Athlone’s medieval roots.
Fun fact: the waterpark even boasts the Guinness World Record for having the tallest inflatable floating waterslide in the world!
Kids (and grown-ups) can also explore the lake via a host of water sports, from paddle-boating to rafting.
Dinner & Relax
The Hodson Bay Hotel, located just alongside Baysports, is Ireland’s largest lakeside resort, making it a perfect base to eat and relax during your break. So drop anchor and relax on your boat before heading ashore for dinner. Make for the the hotel’s Waterfront Carvery Bar and unwind with a great family meal. Fresh local ingredients take pride here, as does the bar’s own kids menu, with options from freshly-baked lasagna to gooey chocolate brownies.
Sleep wonderfully well back on board your cosy boat, moored up at Hodson Bay.
Day 3: Relax on Board / On-shore Visit to Derryglad Folk Museum
Following breakfast alfresco onboard your boat, take a gentle dip in the water. Then, pop ashore and ask the hotel to book you a taxi to take you to the Derryglad Folk Museum (only 12 mins by taxi/9.6KM). A particularly fun attraction for multi-generational families, here you’ll learn all about life in Ireland fadó fadó thanks to authentic exhibits from a yesteryear grocery store to, literally, an old-school. Fun, photo opps guaranteed!