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Take a trip to Lough Ree

Lough Ree is 32km in length from Lanesborough to Athlone. Geographically, it is the centre point of Ireland. It borders three counties, Westmeath, Roscommon and Longford. There are some great attractions and much to see and do on this magnificent lakeland. There are many indented bays along the shoreline with mooring facilities and suitable for angling and other recreational uses.

Lough Ree – Go Fishing!

The lake is a hive of activity as it is popular for fishing and boating. Over the years Lough Ree has seen a great improvement in fishing due to improved water quality. Trout fishing is also very good on the lake. Fly fishing is also popular. Open fishing is allowed from March 1st – September 30th. Hare island, Inch More, and Inch Turk are the best areas to search for trout. Ballybay, Carnagh, Blackbrink Bay, Gallery Bay and Portrunny Bay to Lanesborough are the best for pike. In addition to fishing and angling, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing are all carried out on its waters.

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Explore the Islands of Lough Ree

The islands on Lough Ree are popular to visitors because they  are steeped in folklore and history. Lough Ree is named as ‘The Lake of the Kings” where 7 kings all named John once ruled.  Other folklore and tales include the Lough Ree monster. Many of the islands were places of pilgrimage and religious learning with the remains of churches and monasteries linking with how Ireland got its nickname of “the land of Saints and Scholars”. Hare Island, Quaker Island, and Saints Island are worth exploring.

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Located on the Northern side of the lake is the town of Lanesborough offering great facilities for water sporting activities. The surrounding woodlands of the town are a wonderful setting for a tranquil walk amongst nature.


To the south of the lake is the vibrant town of Athlone where the lough narrows and connects to the Mid Shannon region. Dock at the harbour and within walking distance one can go shopping, visit the many restaurants and bars, see Athlone Castle or the Luan Art Gallery.


It is possible to dock at several harbours around the lake. There are great marina facilities in place at Coosan and Warren Point. The many trails along here allow walkers to take in beautiful countryside surroundings beside the lake. Visit the village of Glasson which is close by,  you can play a round of golf at the Glasson Country House Hotel. And of course not forgetting The Hodson Bay, a great location for a relaxing break or trying out the many water activities available with Hodson Bay sports.

Silverline Cruisers

Hire a cruiser at our marina in Banagher and visit the beautiful Lough Ree on the River Shannon a great location for the perfect break. Take the kids and enjoy the many recreational activities or just go on a relaxing cruise.

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