River Shannon
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A slow cruise along Ireland's waterways
Ireland has a super network of canals, lakes and rivers and there's nothing better than hopping on to a boat or barge and trundling slowly along the canal, perhaps tying up on the bank of a tiny village for supper and music at the local pub before retiring for the night to your floating home. You can spot wildlife and enjoy canoeing, kayaking, angling, or on land, cycling or walking along the quiet tow paths. The best way to discover the waterways is to rent a boat — the River Shannon is a good place to start, with 360km of waterway, or try one of Ireland's six other main waterways. For the ultimate in luxury, step aboard private floating hotel, the fully crewed Shannon Princess (www.shannonprincess.com) and luxuriate in the deckside spa pool while your dinner is being prepared.
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