Overnight and cruise on a Barge

Boat - Entire home/apt · Grand Canal Quay, Dublin, County Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland
Your host, Trish
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The Space

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!
Dublin Barge Hire is Dublin's first self-catering cruising 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, Sceal 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. Sceal 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 Sceal 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.

Lounge -

Sofa bed
Multi-fuel stove with back boiler

Entertainment -

DVD player
TV with VGA connections
Radio/ CD player

Kitchen -

Dining area
4 ring stove
Full size oven
Coffee maker French Press/ Italian Moka Pot
Pantry Items
Kitchen knives, crockery and pots
Hand blender

Bathroom -

Full size bath with shower
Flush toilet

Bedroom -

King size bed
Bunk beds
Storage drawers and hangers

Exterior -

Cushioned Seating Area


Serviced Marina
Mains electricity
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, Sceal Eile offers simple pleasures. If its an environmentally conscious free holiday you are after then this is an experience worth embracing as Sceal 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.

Also included in the rate:

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
Hair dryer
Stove powered central heating
LED lighting through out
Hot/ Cold running water
Eco-friendly toiletries

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.

Family Stays

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.


1 hour boating 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.

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 €45 for the 2hr cruise and €70 for the 4/5hr cruise

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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 in Ringsend. 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 and 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 pastry 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 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $49 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1473 /week
Security Deposit: $701
Cancellation: Strict
  • My time on the Barge was fun and truly unique. The location is perfect for diving into the heart of Dublin (and into the water if you're so inclined). The accommodation is surprisingly warm and comfortable. Although I didn't venture offshore, I'd love to stay on the Barge again and go for a little cruise.

    Trish is a fantastic host who was generous with her time and assistance. She is quick to respond to notes and provides clear instructions for your stay. Thanks Trish - I'm glad you're part of the Dublin Airbnb community.

    April 2014
  • Everyone should stay on a barge! This was a great unique experience and Trish was so nice and accommodating. The barge was fun and comfortable and we had a great time staying here. Would recommend to everyone. The barge had all the amenities of any apt or flat and a novelty that one can only experience here on Trish's barge. Loved.

    August 2013
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