Heritage & Culture

The River Shannon is the country’s supreme waterway, known and travelled for thousands of years linked to every stage of Ireland’s history and development.

Dig deeper into the fascinating history of this ancient waterway, from the 12th century castle in Athlone, the Napoleonic sixteen arch-bridge at Shannonbridge, to one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland, Clonmacnoise.

If a day spent exploring the many towns and villages along the Shannon takes your fancy, moorings are readily available along the waterway. 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.

Our Activities Guide


Get to explore all that the inland waterways has to offer by kayaking either on the River Shannon, along the Canals or one of the many beautiful lakes.

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Open water swimming has exploded in Ireland in recent years. It’s a great way to build fitness while adding a dash of adventure to the mix.

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Blueways are a network of multi-activity recreational trails, based on or alongside the inland waterways of Ireland.

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Cycle from your boat to the nearest shop or restaurant, mountain bike on forest tracks or experience idyllic sections of the Blueway & Greenway cycling routes; these all form part of the waterside biking experience.

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The walking routes around Ireland’s waterways are nothing short of spectacular. Taking you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscape.

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Ireland’s Greenways link places of interest, recreation and leisure in areas with beautiful scenery of different types.

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Ireland has so many fishing options for beginners to professionals and often described as an anglers dream.

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Golfing in Ireland has become a popular attraction to many visitors. There’s no better way to explore some of Ireland’s best golf courses than by taking a cruise on the River Shannon and spending quality time on the greens.

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Water Sports

The combination of physical activity and being in nature is recognized as providing a range of significant benefits. 

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