Lake cruising in Ashford Estate

Lake cruising

Lake cruising at Ashford Castle is a magnificent way to explore the pristine surroundings and soak up the scenery at leisure. With 365 islands and surrounding Connemara mountains, you will have a great opportunity to photograph Ashford Castle from the water. Corrib Cruises is a family run passenger boat service on Lough Corrib, operated by brothers Patrick and David Luskin. The business was born when father John Luskin, purchased one of the original tenders (lifeboats) from the Cunard Line of the famous QE2 at an auction in Sandwich Marina in Kent in 1975. The Isle of Inisfree is an 80 passenger, all-weather craft, licensed by the Irish Department Of Transport. There is a full bar service and toilet facilities onboard. Enjoy the outdoor upper deck and the lower enclosed deck which is centrally heated during the winter months. All cruises depart Ashford Castle Pier, 100 yards from the front door of the castle.

Cruise itineraries

History cruise
1 hour and 15 minutes, leaving at 11am

Boarding from 10.30am at Ashford Castle Pier, join local historian and boat captain Patrick Luskin as he takes you on a fascinating journey through time. Enjoy breathtaking scenery on Lough Corrib, with its 365 islands and surrounding Connemara mountains. Highlights include, The Old Steamers Quay and views of Lord Ardilaun’s Obelisk. This cruise runs year-round.

Island cruise
2 hours, leaving at 2.45pm

Boarding from 2.30pm at Ashford Castle Pier, this two-hour cruise operates between 1st June and 30th September. Explore the lake's most famous island, set on 100 beautiful acres of state-owned forest park. While on the island enjoy a guided tour of St. Patrick's 5th Century Monastic site and the Church of The Saints, built by the Augustinian monks of Cong in 1180 AD.


History cruise

  • Adults: €25
  • Children aged five to 15 years: €12
  • Children under five sail free

Island cruise

  • Adults: €30
  • Children aged five to 15 years: €15
  • Children under five sail free

Advance bookings are highly recommended. Please note, you must cancel 12-hours prior to the start of the cruise to avoid charges. General terms and conditions apply.