Falconry experience

Groups sailing on a European Waterways’ hotel barge classic cruise in Scotland and Ireland will be treated to a number of falconry demonstrations in addition to sightseeing opportunities.

The cruise operator offers ‘exclusive insider experiences’ on hotel barge cruises aboard the Spirit of Scotland and Scottish Highlander in Scotland; and the Shannon Princess in Ireland. 

These new experiences include striking displays of aerial acrobatics from birds of prey that include falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, and vultures.

Set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, or the walled gardens of a stately manor in Ireland, guests are also invited to get ‘up close and personal’ with the birds, as they perch and take off from their arms, swooping high above the countryside. 

Private charters

Groups are able to charter these three European Waterways barges privately, with 2019 dates available to book now. 

The Scottish Highlander and Spirit of Scotland – one of the newest in the European Waterways fleet – cruise the Caledonian Canal through the celebrated highlands of Scotland, past famous castles, historic battlegrounds and picturesque wildlife, glens and lochs, including Loch Ness, where the falconry demonstrations take place.

In addition to a visit to the private Highland Club, a former 19th century Benedictine monastery and the birds of prey experience, the group can also enjoy a tour and private tasting at the Glen Ord whisky distillery, among other excursions. 

The Shannon Princess cruises the River Shannon through the legends and lore of the Irish countryside. Its windows look out to the rolling green landscape and ancient Celtic landmarks that include historic ruins, castles and grand estates. 

The falconry demonstrations take place inside the walled garden of Adare Manor, an estate on the banks of the River Maigue.

For more information and to book, visit www.europeanwaterways.com