Cruising by Spike Island Cruises

Aerial view of Spike Island, Ireland
Aerial 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.

Cruises to Cruising by Spike Island

Fanad Head Lighthouse County Donegal Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay Fanad Head Lighthouse County Donegal Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay Fanad Head Lighthouse County Donegal Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay

Scenic Isles, Irish Loughs & Cities • M2312

 Southampton
Braemar
Sun 28 May 2023
10 nights
  • Delve into the beauty, culture and history of the ‘Emerald Isle’
  • Experience scenic cruising of glacial waterways
  • Explore links to Titanic or visit the home of Guinness
Scenic view of Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, County Clare Scenic view of Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, County Clare Scenic view of Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, County Clare

Scenic Irish Isles and Cities of Ireland • S2314

 Liverpool
Borealis
Thu 27 Jul 2023
8 nights
  • Experience the beauty of rugged islands, islets and waterways in Ireland and Scotland
  • Scenic cruise by Tory Island and Arranmore, sail lochs and sounds, see Fingal’s Cave and more
  • Visit Cobh, Belfast and Galway, to learn of fascinating history and fairytale stories too
The Giants Causeway, Ireland The Giants Causeway, Ireland Landscape of Giant's Causeway, Belfast

Scenic Irish Isles and Cities of Ireland • S2314BEL

 Liverpool
Borealis
Thu 27 Jul 2023
7 nights
  • Visit destinations steeped in Celtic heritage
  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone and uncover Titanic’s history
  • Scenic cruise past remote islands and dramatic cliffs