Cruising by Spike Island Cruises

Ariel view of Spike Island, Ireland
Ariel view of Spike Island, Ireland

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.

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Loughs, Isles and Iconic Sites of Ireland

Loughs, Isles and Iconic Sites of Ireland

Departs: Southampton • Tue 03 Aug 2021
9 nights • Braemar • M2119

  • Circumnavigating the ‘Emerald Isle’, taking in scenic and city highlights along the way, makes for an immersion into Ireland’s incredible beauty and rich culture.
  • Scenic cruising on small ship Braemar will be unforgettable; you’ll navigate the spectacular Killary Fjord and Lough Swilly, see the mighty Cliffs of Moher and much more.
  • Ashore, Cobh and Belfast display seafaring heritage and links to Titanic; Galway offers seafood and medieval history; and there are iconic highlights aplenty to uncover in Dublin.

From £1,349pp

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