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Viking Tours Ireland
AthloneCo. Westmeath
Viking Tours Ireland in Athlone, County Westmeath runs two main sailing routes down the River Shannon to Lough Ree and Clonmacnoise. The ship departs from the quayside of Athlone Castle.

The captain 'Viking Mike' started Viking Tours Ireland in 1999 as a themed passenger vessel and runs trips between Easter and Halloween. Set sail on the 75 minute round trip to Lough Ree or take the 90 minute one-way trip to Clonmacnoise.

Enjoy a snack shop and bar on board as well as live commentary throughout the cruise as expert guides talk you through the history, flora, birdlife and marine life on the river and lake. Check the website for the most up to date sailing times.

Tickets can be purchased on board or online and you can even book a private cruise for corporate groups, weddings, tour guides, hens and stags.

Why we like it
  • Dress up like Vikings and sail on the River Shannon.
  • Hear stories of famous battles and visit historic sites.
  • Bring the whole family for an action-packed day of fun.
Tips from locals

The Viking Tours Ireland ship is almost 100 years old and is the longest serving timber passenger ship on the inland waterways in either Ireland or the UK.

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