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Shannon is a river in Ireland and the longest waterway in the country. The river plays a significant role for nature and the people of Ireland. Shannon travels for more than 300 km until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean; the river’s path is so long it almost divides the country into two. Along its shores, numerous towns, castles, monasteries and farms have been standing for many years. Due to the characteristics of the river with its marshes, grasslands and bogs, the fauna and flora in the area is thriving making home next to the cold waters of the river.
We offer numerous cottages in the area in proximity to the river, where you will be able to enjoy the Irish nature at its best. Wake up to the wonderful sounds of the river murmur and the peace and quiet that comes with a wild area like this. Despite being located in secluded areas, these cottages are finished in a contemporary way, providing you the best facilities and ensuring your comfort throughout the stay. The warmth of the Irish will amaze you as your local hosts, who will most definitely love to give you some advice on the best spots to visit along the river, welcome you.
Nature along the riverbank
Starting from the beginning of the river, Shannon is said to rise from a small pool known as the Shannon Pot. It starts as a small stream on the slopes of the Cuilcagh Mountain. The Cuilcagh Mountain Park is part of a geopark and covers most of the northern part of the mountain. Part of this park is also the Killykeeghan and Crossmurrin Nature Reserve – the largest limestone grassland area in the country. The whole park area is stunning in terms of its panoramic views, landscape features and the animal life it shelters.
Another interesting place to visit in the area is the Marble Arch Caves. This is a major tourist attraction for this part of Ireland. The caves are situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Cuilcagh Mountain. Geologists suppose that the caves are more than 300 million years old. On your trip here, you will not only roam through the cave network, but also see underground rivers, ancient woodlands, waterfalls and breathtaking gorges.
Activities in the area
In the area of Shannon’s origin, in the Cuilcagh Mountains, there is a circuit path taking you through the nature reserve. Although it is rather short, it will take you through a small exhibition presenting the history of the site and its significance for the local community.
The Shannon Callows draw the attention of birdwatchers the most. Callows are specific habitats, which represent a grassland ecosystem, which is flooded in a seasonal manner. Within the Shannon Callows there is an island which is flooded by the river each year. The regular flooding nourishes the land, while also making it unfit for agricultural purposes, thus the island has turned into a natural habitat for numerous bird and animal species. Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Sandpiper and Godwit are just some of the birds breeding or living here.