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Activities near Mountshannon

Walking & Cycling

Walks have been marked out in the area. The system of trails is known as The East Clare Way. The trails are well signposted and of differing lengths so that they cater for most people. The local community was also involved in the Woodpark project which set up a series of walking treks in a local woodland some years ago.



Fishing is very good on the lake and a broad range of species can be caught. There are several angling supply shops locally and bait can be bought in Mountshannon itself. Some tackle can be rented along with boats. There are also several 'Ghillies' available in the area for those more competitive anglers. See this local fishing site to learn more.



There is a nine hole golf course and eighteen hole pitch and putt about one mile from the village.The green fees are very reasonable and fantastic views of the lake and surounding mountains can be had from the well kept fairways.



Lough Derg is a large lake and a boat trip around the bay or islands can take some time, but it's a great way to get in touch with the nature of Mountshannon.
Large cruisers can be rented nearby also combining both transport and accomodation.
Cruiser Rental : Boat Ferry & Rental

Flying Boats

A new venture (that will revive memories of flying boats slowly cruising into Foynes) may soon be starting from Lough Derg - Harbour Air Ireland has applied for permission to use the lake as a base near Mountshannon. According to their website they will be Ireland's first sea plane service, launching in February 2010 with scheduled return flights from County Limerick to Galway Harbour and on to the Aran Islands. Further routes planned include Dublin to Belfast, Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Galway, with planes touching down in the Dublin Docklands.



Holy Island an extensive Monastic settlement establiched in the 8th Cenury. Further afield are a selection of churches, one hosting the 'East Clare Heritage Centre' and sporting it's original 10th Century door frame. Also within 20km can be found Holy Wells, Mass Rocks and an ancient Stone Circle. Learn more at our Archaeology page



Attractions near Mountshannon

Holy Island

Holy Island is accessible by boat approximately twenty hectares is situated on Lough Derg the largest lake on the Shannon.


Aistear Park

Aistear Park, situated in the centre of the village of Mountshannon, between the main street and the harbour.  this 4.5 acre unique park includes a maze incorporating timber, stone and foliage which takes the visitor through an informative exploration of Irish Spirituality over 9000 years. Experience your inner journey through walking the Aistear Labyrinth.


East Clare Heritage Centre

The East Clare Heritage Centre is based the the oldest church in Ireland in continuous use.  It is now a tourist information point and local museum open to the public.


Brian Boru Heritage Centre Killaloe

What better way to get an insight into the Celtic and nautical significance of Lough Derg and the River Shannon than by visiting Killaloe Heritage and Brian Boru Centre.The Centre also provides vivid reminders of the central role played by this delightful town in the era of Ireland’s mighty High King, Brian Boru, over a thousand years ago.The imaginative exhibition charts the history of Killaloe and its Celtic and nautical significance. An important feature is the place of Brian Boru (940-1014), who was born in Killaloe.


The nesting of white tailed eagle in Mountshannon

THE first White-tailed Sea Eagles to be born here in more than a century are set to hatch within the next six weeks.

A four-year-old male and three-year-old female, which were imported from Norway, are currently guarding two eggs laid in a nest near the shores of Lough Derg, just outside Mountshannon, Co Clare.

Wildlife experts are now waiting anxiously to see if the eggs hatch, as the budding parents fight off threats of nature such as hooded crows.

Seeing the birds breed successfully would be a landmark moment for the Golden Eagle Trust, which has been re-introducing them to the Irish countryside.

"This is truly momentous," said Dr Allan Mee, project manager for the trust. "It seems a long time since we collected these birds as chicks from nests in the wild in Norway, and to see them now nesting in the wild themselves in Ireland is the day we have all been waiting for," he said.

However, conservation experts are adopting a cautious approach and have not yet visited the site in case they might disturb the nesting couple.

But at this point all the signs are that "mum and dad'', who went through a getting to know each other period in Killarney National Park, have taken to one another and that some offspring are on the way.


Last year both birds finally settled in their new habitat near Lough Derg and are now nesting just 2km from a famous early Christian monastic site at Holy Island.


White-tailed Sea Eagles, which became extinct in Ireland in 1898, normally breed when they turn five but breeding pairs as young as three have been recorded in Scotland.

The pair are now caring for two eggs which have between three and six weeks to hatch but observers are consoled by the fact that the birds have been quick to spot potential dangers -- such as the presence of the hooded crows.


The project has been developed and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the Golden Eagle Trust.

Norumm Myklebust of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) commented: "NINA is delighted to hear of the first breeding attempt of the White-tailed Eagle in Ireland for 110 years.

"The event is receiving considerable media attention in Norway and we hope the birds will be given the freedom from disturbance they need to maximise the chances of successful breeding."

- Mark O'Regan

Holiday Cottages in Mountshannon

mayfly Lough DergWaterside Holiday Homes in Mountshannon is situated on Lough Derg. Lough Derg spans 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of spectacular, picturesque waterway, ideal for all kinds of watersports, sailing, cruising and angling especially Mayfly fishing on Lough Derg. Beautiful countryside around the Lough Derg lake shore, perfect for hill walking in east Clare with surrounding Mountshannon hills, cycling, horse riding and other visitor pursuits.

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