The picturesque tourism village of Mountshannon is nestled at the foot of the Slieve Aughty Mountains on the shores of Lough Derg. Mountshannon offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to experience and enjoy, thanks to its location at the heart of the Lough Derg Blueway and in the Lough Derg Region of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
The Blueway’s 13,000 hectares of clear water, traversed by a series of trails, allow for stand-up paddling, sailing, cruising or canoeing. The harbour is a hive of activity during the summer months as cruisers pull up for the night and visit the village, while it also is a popular base for anglers seeking to explore the mighty Lough Derg.
From Mountshannon harbour, heritage enthusiasts can view Inis Cealtra (Holy Island), known locally as the ‘Jewel of the Lough’. The island is one of Ireland’s most important historical and ecclesiastical sites and has important links to Brian Ború, the last High King of Ireland.
Walking tourists have plenty of routes to choose from, including the East Clare Way and the 9km-long trail from Mountshannon to Scariff via Scariff Bay, taking in views of Lough Derg and Inis Cealtra. A more relaxing stroll through Woodpark Forest and Fairy Trail is the perfect walking option for families with younger children.
Mountshannon Beach is one of Ireland’s most scenic lakeside bathing areas. The International Blue Flag beach is lifeguard-patrolled during the summer months.
The 4.5-acre Aistear Park features a labyrinth, a children’s playground, a picnic area, and an outdoor library called the “Wee Library”.
With its choice of accommodation options, Mountshannon is the perfect base location for your visit to East Clare and the Lough Derg region.