Mountshannon Holiday Homes Clare
Mountshannon is a very scenic village located on the western shore of Lough Derg, north of Killaloe in east County Clare.
Mountshannon is a lovely place to visit. The atmosphere in the village is warm and welcoming. The village itself is elevated on a hill overlooking a beautiful harbour with panoramic views over Lough Derg.
The village has strong links with history and includes some excellent archaeology in the locality. Ring forts, Famine Graves, Holy wells, and even a wedge tomb (known locally as ‘The Dolmen’) can be found nearby, but the most impressive historical site has to be Iniscealtra or Holy Island, a monastic settlement of great significance in ancient Ireland.
The island is just a short boat trip from the village and comprises of various churches, graveyards, a holy well and a selection of religious stone carvings.
Mountshannon is a favourite haunt of anglers for the mayfly season on Lough Derg. A chain of islands lies along this part of the shore, and there is a large area of shallow water suitable for trout (the record Irish brown trout, 30 1/2 lb, was caught he
Mountshannon has become a popular boating centre on the Shannon waterway following the reconstruction of the harbour. It is now one of the principal stopping places on Lough Derg for hire cruisers and other boats. Boats to Iniscealtra, the ‘Holy Island’, are available at the harbour.
A recent addition to Mountshannon is the maze built in the centre of the village in a very well maintained small park, with lovely views of Lough Derg. The maze features information about the development of traditional art in Ireland. Beside the maze is a picnic area made out of wood carved by local artists.