Mountshannon is located on the shores of Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s biggest lakes, in East Clare. It is a beautiful and scenic village with its foundation in the 18th century and a population made up of many different cultures and nationalities.
The village itself is elevated on a hill overlooking a beautiful harbour with an exceptional vista of the lake. It’s a place with strong links with history and includes some excellent archaeology within short reach. Ring forts, Holy wells, Famine Graves and even a wedge tomb (Known locally as ‘The Dolmen’) can be found close by, but the most impressive historical site has to be Inis Cealtra or Holy Island – a monastic settlement of great importance in ancient Ireland. The island is just a short boat trip from the village, and is home to a number of churches, graveyards, a holy well and a selection of religious stone carvings.
If you like the great outdoors, staying active or taking to the water and the wilds – you’ll find Mountshannon an ideal spot. There is an impressive range of tourist facilities and activities within easy reach and leisure activities such as golf and boating are very popular.
The atmosphere is warm and welcoming here, and fine food and wine are never far away. To complete the experience, traditional Irish music can be enjoyed most evenings in the town’s bars throughout the summer.