Tour Groups - Clonmacnoise Cruise


Approximate one-way journey time: 90 minutes

Clonmacnoise Cruise (not daily)

“A place where time stands still”

Departing from Athlone Castle, the cruise travels downstream on the River Shannon to the famous 6th Century monastery of Clonmacnoise. During this meandering voyage there is live commentary on local history, monastic life, and the surrounding flora & fauna. This cruise is for culture seekers, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. You may also join us at Clonmacnoise and travel the upstream journey to the town of Athlone and centre of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

a view of Clonmacnoise from the river Shannon
historic image of viking ships

Viking history

Clonmacnoise sits on the banks of the River Shannon and we will approach the monastery by water, just like the Vikings did in 842. It was a renowned centre for Christianity, learning, trade and craftmanship. As a result, it became an idle target for the sea faring Vikings. Today only the ruins of the stone monastery remain: a cathedral, several churches, two round towers, three high crosses and many more.

The Meandering Shannon

The one-way journey sails 15km through the meandering Shannon and surrounding bogland.

wildlife on lough ree
wildlife on the river shannon

Nature and wildlife

Protection of the Callows is particularly important due to its many species of birds. Recorded are, amongst others, curlew, whooper swan and common buzzard. Grazing of cattle keeps alder and willow from spreading, where sections at higher elevation have a great diversity of plants, in particular meadowsweet, purple loosestrife and bog cotton.

Planning your Clonmacnoise Adventure

We recommend the tour group travels one-way: Athlone Castle to Clonmacnoise or vice versa, with your coach meeting you at the opposite location. In Clonmacnoise there are large parking facilities and in Athlone you can make use of the coach bays at SS Peter & Paul Church. Our fare does not include admission to the monastic settlement. For more information on Clonmacnoise opening hours and admission rates please visit OPW Clonmacnoise.

Athlone Castle – N37 V593       Clonmacnoise N37 V292

If there is a wheelchair user please contact us in advance

Restroom onboard

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