The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland and the longest stretch of it flows through County Roscommon.
Wind your way through our beautiful county following the river, or spend a few relaxing hours soaking in the views at one of these spectacular viewing points.
The town of Boyle nestles at the foot of the Curlew Mountains, between Lough Gara and Lough Key. Boyle Harbour is a cut canal and harbour which accommodates up to 28 boats as well as parking spaces, a service block and footpaths linking the harbour to Boyle and along Boyle River to Lough Key, then onto the mighty River Shannon. It is an area of great beauty and of immense historical and archaeological interest and is a renowned centre for fishermen.
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The Boyle River flows under Knockvicar bridge connecting with Lough Key via weir and Clarendon lock gates 300m upstream. Set in this tranquil village is Tara Marina, a sheltered 100 berth marina on the Boyle River, with amazing view of the Boyle river.
The beautiful village of Roosky is a very well known and popular tourist destination along the Shannon. The old town is famous for its angling and the waterways are well stocked with perch, roach and bream. The harbour is well equipped with mooring points to spend the evening and there is plenty of craic to be had in the local pubs.
Cootehall is a beautiful village at the foot of the old ‘Bawn’, beside the River Boyle. The Coothall Marina is a 50 berth marina with amazing views of the Shannon Waterway.
Tarmonbarry is a quiet little village with a relaxed feel. It has a lovely marina and a couple of restaurants and pubs. There is a lock and a lifting bridge, which are opened for larger cruisers.
Lanesborough and Ballyleague
On the northern tip of Lough Ree you will come to the twin villages of Lanesborough and Ballyleague. These villages are a relaxing stop-over for Shannon cruisers and are famous for fishing. Lanesborough has a small selection of restaurants, pubs and shops and the harbour is a nice quiet place to set down for the night.
The little village of Lecarrow to the northwest of Lough Ree has recently undergone an extensive renovation of its marina and is easily accessed through the pristine Lecarrow Canal. A short walk from the marina you will find Coffey’s bar and shop and the wonderful Yew Tree restaurant. The marina is fully equipped with modern facilities.
Portrunny is set within the natural landscape and unspoiled shoreline on Lough Ree. The amenity comprises of a modern mooring facility, car parking and a children’s playground with picnic tables. It has a heritage walk and water based activities include boating and fishing.
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The first thing that you will notice at Shannonbridge is the magnificent bridge that stretches across the River Shannon. This beautifully arched structure was completed in 1757. Mooring points are located on either side of the bridge and are only a short distance from the main street. This picturesque town is a hive of tourist activity during the summer.