©

Mountshannon trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Mountshannon

(4.1/5 based on 20 reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: parks, nightlife
Mountshannon is a village in east County Clare, Ireland, and a Catholic parish by the same name. The village is on the western shore of Lough Derg, north of Killaloe. Mountshannon won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1981.HistoryThe village was designed and built from scratch by Alexander Woods, a Limerick merchant, who intended it as a purely Protestant settlement from which the surrounding Catholic population would be so impressed by the thrift and industry of the settlers that they would quickly convert to the Reformed Church; even as late as the 1830s there was not a single Catholic resident in the village. In fact the reverse happened - it was the Catholics who colonised the village, and the picturesque Protestant church in a wooded churchyard bears mute testimony to Woods and his scheme.Mountshannon was home to the last manually operated telephone exchange in Ireland. The exchange was finally converted to automatic service at noon on May 28, 1987.TodayMountshannon is an attractive village with 4 pubs, one of which is a hotel, a corner shop/cafe, a restaurant, a garage/shop and a pizzeria.It is a starting point for visiting the nearby Inis Cealtra, or Holy Island. Now uninhabited, it was once a monastic settlement. It has a fine round tower, and the ruins of several small churches, as well as part of 4 high crosses and a holy well. The cemetery on this island is still in use, the coffins being transported from the Clare side in small boats. There is a stone with a hole in it, through which lovers held hands and promised to be true. Boat trips can be taken from the harbour to the island.
Use our Ireland vacation builder to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Mountshannon.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Mountshannon

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
We'll find the best hotel deals
from all the top travel sites.

Best price guaranteed.
Powered by

Where to stay

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
Checking In:
Checking Out:

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Mountshannon:
Historic sites, museums, sightseeing
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Historic sites, nightlife, sightseeing
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Nature, wildlife areas, historic sites
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, religious sites, museums
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Historic sites, wildlife areas, nightlife
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to County Clare

14 days in Brussels, Ireland & Scotland BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Cork, Liscannor & Dublin BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News