Stretching from Cavan to Limerick, The River Shannon is the longest river in the British Isles and there’s little wonder that it’s a major draw for the 8.6 million tourists visiting the Emerald Isle every year. This beautiful StoryMap will bring you on a tour of the River Shannon, one of Ireland’s greatest natural wonders.

The River Shannon is 224 miles, stretching from the Shannon Pot, Culicagh Mountain, County Cavan, it divides Ireland in two, with Connacht in the west and Leinster and Munster to the east and south. Amazingly the river flows through 11 counties in Ireland.

The Shannon, which unofficially gives its name to the whole region, the River Shannon has appeared on maps of Ireland since the Graeco-Egyptian geographer Ptolemy. From boating trips, to fishing to getting to know the beautiful towns and villages along the route there’s so much to explore.

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Here’s a virtual tour of Ireland’s River Shannon:

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Thanks to the Sheraton Athlone Hotel for the StoryMap.

The River Shannon at Clonmacnoise, County Offaly.Tourism Ireland.