Cruising by Spike Island Cruises
Situated at the entrance of Cork Harbour, Spike Island is one of the most important sites in Irish history.[ReadMoreMob] Originally a Monastic settlement in the 7th century, the island became – thanks to its ideal strategic location – and important site for defence and imprisonment, and is now often referred to as ‘Ireland’s Alcatraz’.
It’s dominated by the 18th century Fort Mitchel, which at the time of opening was the largest prison in the world, with capacity for over 2300 prisoners. While you won’t get to head ashore on your scenic cruise by the island – which now is also a protected haven for various species of flora and fauna – to explore the fort itself, you’re sure to think back to the times when the prisoners were taken to face their punishment across the very same waters you’re sailing.
Cruises to Cruising by Spike Island
Touring Scenic Ireland in FIve Nights • S2209
- Exploration of scenic and city highlights
- Smaller Borealis takes you off the beaten track
- Visit the impressive cathedral and harbour in Cobh
Touring Scenic Ireland • M2214
- Cruise Killary Harbour - Ireland’s glacial fjord
- Visit the Cliffs of Moher from Galway
- Visit the Guinness factory in Dublin
Scenic British Isles • T2217A
- Discover the beauty, history and wildlife of rugged and remote Scottish isles.
- Look out for native seabirds in Shetland, Orkney and on the Isle of Skye, plus seek-out their historic sites.
- Experience memorable scenic cruising, and visit Belfast, Cobh and the Isle of Man too.