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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.


Where What Picture Details Phone
Clonmacnoise 12th Century Monastic settlement. Featuring an excellent round tower, Clonmacnoise is well worth a visit. Excellent interpretive centre. Good moorings. 09096 74195
Banagher Napoleonic Fort Not open to the public but worth a look - on the West bank at the bridge.  
Shannonbridge Fort   The Old Fort Restaurant on the West bank is a unique and historic building. 09096 74973
Boyle Boyle Abbey Well-restored abbey in the heart of Boyle on the shores of Lough Key.