Shannonbridge Fort

The Midlands

You can't miss the massive 1810-built bridgehead fortifications on the western bank in County Roscommon, where heavy artillery was installed to bombard Napoleon in case he tried to invade by river. Substantial other sections of the fort remain: the adjacent guardhouse is still here and part of the redoubt and defensive wall survive, although some of it was demolished in the 1950s to allow vehicles to pass.

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1. Castle Ruins

4.13 MILES

To the west of the site, on the ridge near the car park, is a motte with the oddly shaped ruins of a 13th-century castle – also known as Clonmacnoise…

2. Visitor Centre

4.22 MILES

Three connected conical huts, echoing the design of early monastic dwellings, house the visitor centre museum. A 20-minute audiovisual show provides an…

3. Bullaun

4.25 MILES

This bullaun has a diameter of around 0.3m and is located near the southwestern corner of Temple Doolin. It's an ancient grinding stone supposedly used…

4. O'Rourke's Tower

4.25 MILES

Overlooking the River Shannon is the 19.3m-high O'Rourke's Tower. Lightning blasted the top off the tower in 1135, but the remaining structure was used…

7. Temple Doolin

4.26 MILES

These remains of an 11th-century temple are similar to nearby Temple Hurpan.

8. Cathedral

4.27 MILES

The largest building at Clonmacnoise, the cathedral was originally built in AD 909, but was significantly altered and remodelled over the centuries. Its…