Enjoy a Unique Irish Dining Experience with Locals on their Charming Boathouse

Enjoy a Unique Irish Dining Experience with Locals on their Charming Boathouse

Take in the breathtaking views of the Irish riverscape – lush meadows teeming with wildflowers in the spring or stunning monastic sites in autumn – during this unique experience in the Irish countryside!

Meet your host Mary and her husband Jorn at their charming boathouse that traverses the Shannon river. In the summer, you can dock the boat at Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim. Watch the beautiful Irish countryside go by as you sip on a welcome drink and hear stories from your host about life on an Irish barge.

You will then join your hosts at their dining table to enjoy a Mediterranean influenced home-cooked Irish meal. Your 4-course meal may include dishes such as local smoked salmon for an appetizer, fresh soup or salad and slow roasted pork belly or lamb accompanied with seasonal vegetables like roasted grapes and figs as your main. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of pavlova, lemon cake or the traditional Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake.
* Duration: 2 hours
* Starts: Carrick-On-Shannon, Ireland
* Trip Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife >> Dining Experiences




Take in the breathtaking views of the Irish riverscape – lush meadows teeming with wildflowers in the spring or stunning monastic sites in autumn – during this unique experience in the Irish countryside!

Meet your host Mary and her husband Jorn at their charming boathouse that traverses the Shannon river. In the summer, you can dock the boat at Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim. Watch the beautiful Irish countryside go by as you sip on a welcome drink and hear stories from your host about life on an Irish barge.

You will then join your hosts at their dining table to enjoy a Mediterranean influenced home-cooked Irish meal. Your 4-course meal may include dishes such as local smoked salmon for an appetizer, fresh soup or salad and slow roasted pork belly or lamb accompanied with seasonal vegetables like roasted grapes and figs as your main. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of pavlova, lemon cake or the traditional Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake.

Your host Mary grew up eating delicious meals cooked from fresh local produce and now enjoys cooking and sharing with travelers the food she grew up eating. Before starting her houseboat business, Mary was a professional caterer and catered for movie and television show crews. She now lives on a houseboat with her husband Jorn and opened up another houseboat to share the beauty of the Irish riverside with travelers. The floating barge travels on the Shannon river system between Enniskillen and Carrick-on-Shannon.

Feel free to let Mary know when making your booking which cuisine (Mediterranean influenced or traditional Irish) you prefer!

Notes: Between the months of Mar – Oct, Mary’s boat is docked in the South in Carrick-on-Shannon. Please reconfirm the exact meeting location with Mary at least three days before your experience as the boat is constantly traversing the river.

Sample Menu

• Fresh salad or soup depending on season
• Smoked salmon from local suppliers
• Free range pork belly slow-roasted in the oven – served with roasted grapes and figs
• Pavlova, lemon cake or Irish Bailey’s cheesecake