Discover the Lake Lands, and its Native Wildlife & Flora

This is the perfect time of the year for families to get out into nature to experience some of its hidden gems. Stay at Hodson Bay Hotel and discover everything that Athlone has to offer. Athlone is on the River Shannon and it is teeming with native wildlife. It is really worth exploring what this river and attached lakes have to offer. There is no cost to using your imagine and letting the kids find new adventure along the Shannon. Lough Ree is an important sanctuary for wildlife. So, take a trip to Athlone to see if you can spot some native wildlife such as Coots, Moorhens, Sand Martins, Mute Swans, Dragonflies and learn about some of the lush flora on the banks of the river. Kids will love to explore the hidden world of this beautiful waterway.


Spot some Native Wildlife & Beautiful Flora


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This largely undiscovered holiday destination is a great choice for families looking to find rough beauty, fascinating historical sites with a rich cultural experience. It truly is an exciting destination and something else to experience Ireland’s Lakelands region, which stretches through four bodies of water: Lough Erne, the Upper Lakelands with Lough Allen & Lough Key, Lough Ree & Mid River Shannon and Lough Derg.


Explore the River Shannon



Map of Upper Lakelands – Lough Allen and Lough Key


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Upper Lakelands


Map of Lough Ree and Mid Shannon


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Lough Ree & Mid-Shannon


Map of Lough Derg


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Lough Derg



Discover the River Shannon from the Water


One of best ways to discover the wildlife and the flora is on a boat as discovered by John Creddon on RTE’s ‘Creddon’s Shannon’.

John Creedon's Bird Lesson – Creedon's Shannon

John's getting some bird watching lessons in brand new series Creedon's Shannon! Don't miss the first episode today at 6.30pm! #CreedonsShannon

Posted by RTÉ One on Sunday, July 23, 2017

To view past episodes go the RTE Player

Peep through the reeds like John Creedon on the River Shannon so see some Coots.


River Shannon

Coots on Lough Ree

There is nothing like relaxing on a boat during the summer, taking in the sights, sounds and smells. It is a nothing world; there for you and your family to discover. So, if you are thinking getting a tour of the River Shannon and some of its lakes contact some local boat hire companies and boat tour companies.


River Shannon

Viking Mike Boat Trips


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River Run, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

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Lough Ree Boat Hire, Lecarrow, Roscommon


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Barracuda Boat Trips, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


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Lough Ree Cruisers, Mucknagh Point, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


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Shannon River, Cloonaufill, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon


Lough Ree – The Heart of the River Shannon


Lough Ree with its silver crested waters and peat rich waters is the central Lake on the River Shannon. It is a great starting point to explore the history, folklore and legends attached to the region! Lough Ree provides an important sanctuary for wildlife. Lough Ree stretched 29 km it begins in Lanesborough, County Longford and flows all the way to Athlone, County Westmeath. It is in three counties – Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon.

In Athlone, Lough Ree starts to narrow. In medieval times, Athlone town was one of Ireland’s trading routes with Athlone Castle has its defending post. Athlone is rich in history and cultural heritage. It is the perfect place to get away from it all; to find peace and quiet Whether you’re cruising the waterways by boat or strolling the nature treks and trails of the Shannon. Moreover, it is a fabulous place to let children discover new exciting adventures.


Set forth to Discover, Learn & Experience New Adventures

Athlone on the River Shannon is teeming with native wildlife. It is really worth exploring with your family to see what this river and attached lakes have to offer. There is no cost to using your imagine and letting the kids find new adventures along the Shannon. Discover wildlife, unusual flora, historical sites, arts, culture and heritage from towns like Athlone. Whether you explore on land or water it is all there for you in the heart of beautiful Ireland.

When we discover we grow.

Enjoy! At Hodson Bay Hotel, we have it all taken care of…

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