The Shannon is Ireland’s longest river – around 224 miles long – and forms a natural barrier between east and west. Its flow takes it through 11 counties and its intrinsic “Irishness” has enabled it to become an immensely popular destination for river enthusiasts. Fishing, pleasure craft and riversports being high on the list.
It’s not surprising that Shannon River Adventure has become well established beside Lough Bofin. Catering for all ages and skills, their adventure centre offers just that: adventure and fun for the entire family. One of their most popular activities is kayaking, and if you fancy trying your hand on the longest river in the Emerald Isle, this is the place to come.
All activities are fully insured and all instructors fully qualified, so you can relax and enjoy the experience. And what an experience awaits. Sit on kayak or closed cockpit? The choice is yours based on your confidence level. Shannon River Adventure will always make sure the equipment suits you. Taster sessions will involve the use of sit on kayaks, but once you’ve gained that confidence, you can switch. Whichever style of kayak you choose, the tranquility and scenery will enhance your enjoyment no end.
And scenery is one thing the River Shannon has in abundance. It’s one of Europe’s most spectacular destinations with abundant wildlife, historic ruins and little river traffic. An ideal spot to learn the ropes when it comes to kayaking.
Once you’ve mastered the basics and wish to progress, Shannon River Adventure offer certified kayaking courses. These courses are open to all riversports enthusiasts regardless of experience and – whether taking part in the course or just having a family day out – all equipment is provided.
Because the Adventure Centre is close to the village of Roosky, you might wish to combine your time on the water with a site seeing trip. The village – once a market town – is well-known for tourism and a popular spot for angling. Needless to say, water plays a large role in its culture and its marina is a busy place in the summer. The village also has some pleasant walks, particularly to Roosky Lock.
For accommodation, try the Avondale House B&B. This is in a quiet location close to the River Shannon. It’s not far from Strokestown Park House, a Georgian mansion steeped in history. Avondale House is family run with private parking. It opens from the beginning of April until the end of October. For more details, call 0353 (0)71-9638095 or visit avondalerooskey.com. You’ll be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.