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Proposals for Activities other than Rowing

The wider area of Carrick- on- Shannon is not always mentioned in travel- guides, although we have a lot to offer, some of it even quite spectacular:

Trip to the Atlantic coast to the village of Strandhill (1 hour drive): Open sea, dunes, picturesque bays and mountains. You can have a lengthy walk on the beach, or walk up Knocknarea, the legendary mountain with the ancient grave of Queen Maeve on top. A unique landscape is guaranteed. Afterwards you can visit Sligo, one of the nicest towns in the west, or some locals even call it a city. Also included in this trip can be a visit to the old cairns from the bronze age high up in the Brickleave Mountains, a place of magic and stunning views.
Strokestown House and Gardens: Guided tour through the old estate, to show the lifestyle of a landlord when the English were ruling over Ireland. Strokestown House is probably the only such house where all the interior survived times of hate and demolition. Beside the estate is a Famine Museum, to show in contrast the life of ordinary Irish people under English rule, a very important chapter in Irish history. Drive to Strokestown House: 30 minutes, a perhaps 3 hour stay should be planned. There is a restaurant on the grounds of the estate. If you want more of that kind: Lough Rynn Garden and Estates is also within easy reach of Carrick- on- Shannon.
Kings House, Boyle: Multimedia Museum for general Irish history. 20 minutes drive.
Castles: 1) Parks Castle beside Lough Gill, approx. 1 hour drive, can be connected to Sligo/ Strandhill trip (see above). Parks Castle is an interesting building, however no interior. 2) Athlone Castle in Athlone town: worth a visit, 1 hours drive.
Monastery Clonmacnois: Impressive ancient setting south of Athlone.
Marble Arch Caves: Guided tour through spectacular caves. Situated in Northern Ireland (the war seems to be over), this trip can also include a visit to the town of Enniskillen. 1 hour drive approx.
Sea- Angling: Mackerels plentiful, and sometimes even more. Guided fishing- trips by boat in a sheltered bay of the Atlantic. 1 hours on the water might be enough, or what will you do with all the fish? Angling equipment is provided.
Hill walking with or without guide in the Lough Allen Region: High up in the mountains you are in a unique environment and so in a world of its own. Highly recommended. Proper shoes/ boots are needed.
Cycling: Hire a bike and explore the beauty of Ireland at your own pace. With or without guide.
We can also make you happy if you prefer to play golf, if you love horses and riding, or if you are a steam train enthusiast.
Or if you like old, rare books: There is a book- seller in Carrick- on- Shannon where you can spend hours, days and weeks searching for goodies.
This is only a sample of what is on offer in the wider Carrick- on- Shannon area. Please talk to us about your wishes: Tour Rowing Mailbox, phone & fax +353 71 9641464 (Rene).