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Activities in Athlone
Boat Hire Travel Guide to the Shannon River in Ireland

Boat tour of Athlone and surrounding areas, approximately 75 minutes.

Viking Tours

Boat tour of Athlone and surrounding areas, approximately 75 minutes.

Phone: 00353 (0) 86 2621136
Situated in the heart of the midlands, Luan Gallery is dedicated to promoting a dynamic contemporary visual art programme

Luan Gallery

Situated in the heart of the midlands, Luan Gallery is dedicated to promoting a dynamic contemporary visual art programme

Phone: 00353 (0)9064 42154
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We offer something for everyone including: Ten Pin Bowling, Quasar 2000, Tumble Towers & Tumble Tots kids soft play arena, Pool, Snooker, and Video Game Simulators.

Athlone Leisure World

We offer something for everyone including: Ten Pin Bowling, Quasar 2000, Tumble Towers & Tumble Tots kids soft play arena, Pool, Snooker, and Video Game Simulators.

Phone: 00353 (0)90 6494766
Feed, pet and cuddle a variety of domestic and exotic animals.

Glendeer Pet Farm

Feed, pet and cuddle a variety of domestic and exotic animals.

Phone: 00353 (0)90 6437147
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An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon.

Clonmacnoise

An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon.

Phone: 00353 90 9674195.
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We are Irelands largest floating water park and have the tallest floating slide in the world. We also provide ride on kayaks, peddle boat hire and other water sport activities.

Baysports

We are Irelands largest floating water park and have the tallest floating slide in the world. We also provide ride on kayaks, peddle boat hire and other water sport activities.

Phone: 090 6494801
This newly renovated tourist attraction is the perfect midlands stop off point.

Athlone Castle

This newly renovated tourist attraction is the perfect midlands stop off point.

Phone: 00353 (0)90 644 2130
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A superb 18-hole parkland course, bounded on three sides by picturesque Lough Ree. USGA Standard Greens, Visitors Welcome.

Athlone Golf Club

A superb 18-hole parkland course, bounded on three sides by picturesque Lough Ree. USGA Standard Greens, Visitors Welcome.

Phone: 00353 (0)90 6492073

Places of Interest

The ancient abbey at Clonmacnoise is one of the most famous sites of its kind in Europe. Built by St. Kieran in about 545AD, the abbey grew in stature to become one of the great monastic cities of early Europe. There are many crosses and towers still standing at the site, and the interpretive centre draws about 100,000 visitors every year. There are exhibitions and an audio-visual show, and a tea room.

Lough Ree is one of the largest lakes in Ireland and contains a wealth of historical sites on the shore and on the many Islands on the lake, as well as some interesting flora and fauna. The Islands on the lake include Hare Island, where St. Ciaran is said to have lived at a monastic settlement before founding Clonmacnoise Abbey. The largest hoard of Viking gold ever discovered in Western Europe was found here. The island remained in the hands of the religious and then passed through some of the most influential families in the area. Inchmore is the largest island on the lake, and the remains of a ring fort can clearly be seen here. The island was also home to an early Christian monastery and a lodge built by the Marquis of Westmeath. The island was abandoned in the early twentieth century, although some people have built holiday homes here in recent years. Saints Island was the site of a priory built by the Dillons around the year 1200. Other islands of interest on the lake include Inchbofin and Quaker Island.

Athlone Castle was originally built in the year 1210 by the Normans on the site of an old wooden fort. Since then, the castle has been attacked and damaged many times, leading to rebuilding and remodelling. The castle now housed an interpretive centre, tourist office, gallery, museum and tea rooms.

The peatlands between Shannonbridge and Athlone display an abundance of flora and fauna. The callow in this area is considered by some to be the richest in Europe.

Angling Information

South of Athlone there is limited access to the river, but there is some good fishing to be had for rudd, tench, roach, bream and hybrids (as well as some pike) at Carrickynaghtan, Long Island and Inchalee Island

Above the weir in Athlone the river runs faster then below the weir, but still fishes well for Roach, Rudd and Hybrids. Below the weir the water runs slower and deeper, and holds large stocks of Roach and Hybrids, and Bream to 6lb, although lots of ground bait is advised. There’s some salmon to be caught in the Shannon and Lough Ree, and both fish well for trout, especially in late May to early June.

Lough Garnafailagh has produced some remarkable catches of tench and bream, and there’s good fishing for rudd and bream at Barrymore Point.

 
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