See Ireland's history from the river
||The River Shannon
offers a potted history of Ireland's past. Ancient monastic settlements,
Napoleonic fortifications, turf cutting - and even evidence of the
recent Celtic Tiger - it is all here. Many of the sights are easily
accessible by boat and even have private jetties. Some of the old
fortifications have been converted into bars or shops, so you can see
the insides as well.
||12th Century Monastic settlement.
||Featuring an excellent round tower,
Clonmacnoise is well worth a visit. Excellent interpretive centre. Good
||Not open to the public but worth a look -
on the West bank at the bridge.
||The Old Fort Restaurant on the West bank is
a unique and historic building.
||Well-restored abbey in the heart of Boyle
on the shores of Lough Key.