Dublin Barge Hire
Houseboat | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Central Heating for those who don't feel confident managing a solid fuel stove. Press a button and shortly after enjoy a cosy and snug barge during the chilly winter months. You are in charge of how hot you want to be while staying in your very own barge.
PARKING - there is a private car park 5 minutes from the marina. It costs €15 for 24 hours and must be booked online!
10% discount if staying more than 7 nights!
Welcome to Dublin Barge Hire, Dublin City Centre's first self-catering cruising barge.The barge 'Scéal Eile' , a 50 x 10 foot (15 x 3.1m) barge was built in 2006 to a high specification. Its warm inviting interior and its comfortable living space makes this self-catering barge an ideal environment for a holiday break. For real comfort the barge sleeps 2 people. However, 'Scéal Eile' is a six berth barge and is suitable for up to four adults or four adults and two children. So, it is entirely up to you how you want to utilise the space for your holiday. So, why not try something a little less conventional! Experience an unexpectedly tranquil setting in the heart of the city centre by staying on board a special self-catering cruising barge. The unique living space gives something new, exciting and exclusive to your stay in Dublin. 'Scéal Eile' translated is 'another story' and indeed, a story or two will be recounted after your stay on board.
Located on the Central Line of the Grand Canal it allows you the opportunity to cruise the canal from Grand Canal Basin in Ringsend to Portobello. Scéal Eile is located in a prime location in South Dublin City Centre with an array of cafes, restaurants and shops at your disposal. The barge is moored directly beside Bord Gais Energy Theatre. However, you have a choice to moor overnight in the Marina. When in the Marina in the Inner Basin keep an eye out for the playful otters.
Your vessel Scéal Eile is a charming wide beam barge. When you step inside you will see a wooden interior comprising of a solid oak floor and veneer wooden walls and ceiling. It contains a multi-fuel stove with a back boiler which makes a stay on the barge during winter one of the most wonderful, cosy and romantic experiences you could have.
Multi-fuel stove with back boiler
TV with VGA connections
Radio/ CD player
4 ring stove
Full size oven
Coffee maker French Press/ Italian Moka Pot
Kitchen knives, crockery and pots
Full Size Bath with shower
King size bed
Storage drawers and hangers
Cushioned Seating Area
Secure Coded Gate
When outside the Marina mains electricity is provided through an inverter and is available throughout the boat. Also LED lighting is used throughout the boat to ensure energy efficiency. So, 'Scéal Eile' offers simple pleasures. If its an environmentally conscious free holiday you are after then this is an experience worth embracing as Scéal Eile can operate both on and/or off the grid. So, you can be as energy efficient as you would like to be. All our electrical appliances, including the fridge run on 12 volt.
1 hour driving instruction
Drive your own unique form of transport through part of South Dublin City
Personally navigate through our 200 year old locks
If you would like to cruise the barge to Portobello you must give 24 hours notice as the Lock Keeper needs to be informed. Guests must leave in the morning time as the cruise takes 4 hours and you must cruise during Lock Keepers hours.
Also included in the rate:
Diesel for cruising
Solid Fuel - A 40kg bag of coal and a bail of briquettes is provided. Any extra fuel needed has to be bought by the hirer. Help can be given with the delivery of solid fuel.
Tea, coffee and milk
Stove powered central heating
LED lighting through out
Hot/ Cold running water
Check - in time 2pm
Check - out time 11am
If you arrive early you can leave your bags on board Scéal Eile.
We can be flexible around these times providing it does not interfere with bookings.
To accommodate family requirements we can adapt your vessel to your particular needs. Upon request, we can install a child's stair gate, provide a travel cot, high chair, baby bath, child locks for presses, and so forth. Also, kids and adult board games and DVD's will be provided to make your stay as comfortable and hassle free as possible.
Extra: €10 charge
On request and a week in advance, you can email your own food shopping list (within reason) and we will do our best to source your food in a local supermarket, and have it delivered to your vessel before your arrival.
Cruise options -
There are 2 cruising options:
1. You can cruise 3 locks and back again (Grand Canal Dock to Percy Place), which takes approximately 2 hours.
2. You can cruise 7 locks and back again (Grand Canal Dock to Portobello), which takes approximately 4-5 hours. This trip can be broken up over two days with an over night stay at Mespil Road beside Baggot Street.
There is a cruising charge of €100
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sandymount Beach 3.3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bus or Taxi 14.26 km, Nearest railway: Walking distance|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
Dublin Barge Hire is located on the south side of the river Liffey between Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Pearse Street in Dublin City Centre. The barge Scéal Eile is moored in the Outer Basin in front of Milano Restaurant in Grand Canal Dock. The barge is in view of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre which is incredibly stunning at night as various sculptors illuminate the area making the array of bars, restaurants and cafes look inviting as places to sit, eat and drink while soaking up the visually appealing setting.
Grand Canal Square, is an exciting new urban space in Dublin's Docklands which opened in 2007. So if it is innovative landscape that interests you, Grand Canal Square is one of the largest paved public spaces in Dublin city allowing on occasion outdoor concerts and performances staged in the vicinity making your stay a special one.
Grand Canal Dock is only minutes from the city centre, and is served by an extensive public transport network. This includes intercity trains, a fast commuter train service (Dart), Dublin Bus services and a light rail network (Luas). Dublin Barge Hire is located near Grand Canal Dock Station which links to Bray/ Greystones or Malahide/Howth so it could not be easier to hop on a dart/train and visit Malahide for the day or if its walking your after - take a dart to Bray and walk the fabulous coastline to Greystones and get the Dart back to Dublin City Centre.
Remember you have your own personal mode of transport that you can freely move through our 200 year old locks giving you a personal experience of times gone by! Gain first hand experience of cruising your own barge, traveling from Grand Canal Dock, westward up the attractive tree-lined Grand Canal to Portobello with the option for the adventurous folk of over night stay at Mespil Road beside Baggot Street. The cruise time is 4 hours for a round trip or it can be broken up over two days. So if its a family holiday you are after you don't have far to go to entertain the children and aid their curious minds. Simply step onto the back deck, turn the ignition on and drive your very own barge whilst engaging the kids in something entirely new and unique to the city. Barging on Scéal Eile is ideal family holiday entertainment.
Use the barge to cruise in the Dock. Drive and moor your boat outside Il Valentino cafe and treat everyone to a morning coffee and pastry. Take a leisurely spin around the Outer and Inner Basin. Cruise to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and dine at the fine restaurants all based beside the water front and then return to the mooring in the Inner Basin Marina. Keep an eye out for the prehistoric looking Comorant that often dives swiftly into the water to catch its prey or stands motionless with its wings in full span as it patiently dries itself.
The Outer Basin is also used for water sports. Check out Surfdock Watersports and maybe challenge yourself to Stand-up Paddleboarding, Wind Surfing or Wake Boarding. They have great summer camps for the kids too!
A short stroll from the barge is the Chimney Park playground so if the children are small and energetic why not grab a coffee and relax while the children burn off some energy. Also, nearby the playgound is Hanover Quay Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin.
Sandymount Beach is a 30 minute walk away (3.3 km)or you could hire bikes from the Dublin city cycling website. There is a park and playground en route just in case you have little people in tow who are in need of a rest half way through their walk!!.
We are also located approximately 10 minutes from Shelbourne Park (Greyhound Track)and the music venue The O2 is in walking distance as is The Aviva Stadium.
There are plenty of markets around too. The Point Village Market is running every weekend. And the Central Square Gourmet Food Market in Spencer Dock may very well tempt you every Wednesday from 11.30am to 2pm. Every Thursday there is a food market at Mespil Road too.
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18 Jan 2014
"Dublin from a different angle"
We stayed on the barge for 2 nights. It's a great alternative to conventional hotels, and we enjoyed seeing Dublin from a different angle. The marina is quiet and secure and only a 15 minute walk… More
16 Jan 2014
"Amazing Christmas holiday!"
I cannot express how happy with were with our Christmas holiday on board Sceal Eile. From the very first contact with Trish I was treated with respect and care and this continued right up to our time… More
13 Jan 2014
"inside you're in a cosy cottage in the country, step outside you're in the heart of the city"
We really enjoyed our short weekend break on the barge. Location is great, secure and quiet with close access to restaurants, cafés and supermarkets. The barge has a well equipped kitchen, is warm … More
6 Jan 2014
"Une autre manière de visiter Dublin"
Un court séjour (2 jours) dans cette péniche très bien aménagée : les propriétaires (Trish & Nick) très sympa et disponibles. Site (Waterways) bien protégé et proche du centre.A recommander… More
1 Jan 2014
"Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful"
My husband and I stayed on the barge in December, just before Christmas. We were warm and cozy thanks to the coal burning stove. The kitchen and bathroom were just great, everything you could possib… More
3 Nov 2013
"A stay with a difference"
We have just returned from a stay in the Dublin Barge. It was a wonderful experience. We met with Trish who went over everything we needed to know and was extremely friendly. The barge was very clean … More
29 Oct 2013
"A wonderful mini break"
I have been meaning to write this for a couple of months! We had a brilliant three days on Sceal Eile in Dublin in August. This was SO much better than staying in a hotel and we loved every minute o… More
7 Oct 2013
"A wonderful experience, a quirky way to get to know Dublin differently."
We booked the barge for my inlaws, both in their 60's for their stay in Dublin. Trish was an excellent communicator throughout the booking process. They arrived to a magnificently presented barge… More
4 Sep 2013
"Fun for the whole family with all the creature comforts!"
We loved our stay on the barge. It is really safe and quiet in the Marina, but it's in the middle of the city. Nearby there are some great cafes and the centre is an easy walk away.On board we we… More
7 Aug 2013
"Great unconventional stay"
The barge is a very good alternative to traditional hotels in Dublin, especially if you're travelling with kids. Were the children a bit older I would have enjoyed cruising, but even mere accommo… More
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