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Shannon Navigation

Castle Island Lough Key River Shannon

Shannon Navigation

The Shannon Navigation is a treasure waiting to be discovered. As Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon’s banks and lakes were once a major commercial waterway bustling with colour and trade. Today, the Shannon Navigation continues to boast busy harbours, peaceful bays, lively villages and fascinating historical sites.

You’ll be amazed at the range of activities along the Shannon Navigation, all set against a backdrop of stunning natural scenery. Harbours and marinas in villages welcome all kinds of watersports and boating enthusiasts. With thriving boat-hire companies and activity centres scattered along the water’s edge, everything you need for your water adventure is located around each flowing bend.

If it’s a tranquil escape you’re looking for, enjoy a leisurely wander or take a soothing ride from the seat of a bicycle. Brand new multi-activity trails for paddlers, walkers and cyclists provide a unique and safe experience for visitors. Along the Shannon Blueway and Lough Derg Blueway, new adventures are to be had by young and old alike. For anglers and golfers there are abundant spots and lush courses throughout the countryside just waiting foryou to arrive for a relaxing day of practising your skills.

With many spectacular sights along the Shannon, discover the rich history along this ancient trail. From the sixteen-arch bridge at Shannonbridge, said to have been built against a feared Napoleonic invasion, to the 1,400-year-old settlement of Clonmacnoise with its round towers casting shadows over one of the oldest monastic communities in Europe, the River Shannon’s stories run so deep you can almost feel them emanating from its surface.

If a day spent exploring the many towns and villages along the Shannon takes your fancy, moorings are readily available along the waterway. You’ll be spoilt for choice as Irish music pubs and fine-dining restaurants and cafés are dotted along the banks. To experience true community spirit and local culture, plan your visit around the many festivals and events held throughout the year that effectively capture the unique character of the area. Visit the Scarriff Harbour Festival and the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, or one the many music, sports and cultural events happening up and down the length of the Shannon.

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Shannon & Shannon-Erne

6;#Shannon Erne Waterway;#7;#Shannon Navigation

3;#Canoeing

1;#Activity Provider;#17;#Tours & Trips

Allen Centre

Curraghill
Drumshanbo
Co Leitrim

7;#Shannon Navigation

1;#Angling;#2;#Boating;#3;#Canoeing;#7;#Rowing;#8;#Sailing

1;#Activity Provider;#3;#Clubs & Training Centres;#4;#Equipment Hire/Rental;#17;#Tours & Trips

Athlone Boat Club

3 Retreat Mews
Retreat Rd
Athone
Co Westmeath

7;#Shannon Navigation

7;#Rowing

1;#Activity Provider;#3;#Clubs & Training Centres

Barracuda Boat Trips

Athlone
Co Westmeath

7;#Shannon Navigation

21;#Boat Trips

17;#Tours & Trips

Baysports

Hodson Bay
Athlone
Co Roscommon
N37 KH72

7;#Shannon Navigation

6;#Power Sports;#8;#Sailing

1;#Activity Provider

Birr Outdoor Education Centre

Roscrea Road
Birr
Co Offaly

7;#Shannon Navigation

6;#Power Sports

1;#Activity Provider;#4;#Equipment Hire/Rental

Buckley Cycles

Bury Quay, Tullamore,
Co Offaly and
Kenna Centre, Dublin Rd,
Athlone, Co Westmeath

3;#Grand Canal;#7;#Shannon Navigation

5;#Cycling

1;#Activity Provider;#2;#Places to Visit;#4;#Equipment Hire/Rental;#17;#Tours & Trips

Carrick Rowing Club

Quay Road
Carrick-on-Shannon
Co Lietrim

7;#Shannon Navigation

7;#Rowing

1;#Activity Provider;#3;#Clubs & Training Centres

Carrickcraft

Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh
Carrick-on-Shannon,
Co Leitrim
Banagher, Co Offaly

7;#Shannon Navigation;#2;#Erne System

2;#Boating

21;#Boat Hire

Castleconnell Boat Club

Lacka
Castleconnell
Co Limerick

7;#Shannon Navigation

7;#Rowing

1;#Activity Provider;#3;#Clubs & Training Centres

Coca Cola Zero Bikes

Limerick City

7;#Shannon Navigation

5;#Cycling

4;#Equipment Hire/Rental

Cruiser Boats Ireland

Aghamore
Co Longford

7;#Shannon Navigation

2;#Boating

21;#Boat Hire
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