The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon. It is a geographical barrier separating west Ireland from the south and east of the country. It is 224 miles long and empties into the Shannon River Basin. A favourite among kayakers and canoeists, this river has a long length and a great geographical location.
What to expect on your paddle
The river, which flows through eleven counties and Ireland’s lakelands, has many spots that are ideal for a leisurely paddling trip. Canoists enjoy the section between Shannonbridge, County Offaly, and Killaloe and Ballina on the Clare-Tipperary border the most. It is a 50-mile paddle where you will encounter a lot of wildlife.
The River Shannon is rumoured to be Ireland’s oldest waterway route. Remains of prehistoric man and mediaeval treasures have been found along the river banks. The river has been travelled by soldiers and tradesmen and everybody in between. Historic sites abound along this river, where you will catch glimpses of churches, castles, monasteries, and many other ancient ruins.
Take flight on the River Shannon
You will certainly be spoilt for choice when it comes to birdlife on the River Shannon. In summer, Warblers, House Martins, Swifts and Swallows are plentiful. Year-round residents include the Mute Swan, Gull, Moorhen and Kingfisher, to name a few, which can all be viewed on and near Lough Deg, which is on the Shannon River route.