Craggaunowen Castle & Crannóg

River Shannon & Lakelands

Copyright: Pinzgauer/Wiki Commons

Craggaunowen Castle & Crannóg

Whisk yourself back to Celtic times at this open-air museum. Craggaunowen ("Owen's rocky little hill") houses reconstructions of Celtic structures, such as a dolmen, Ringfort, Fulachta Fia (Bronze Age cooking and industrial site), Souterrain, and Standing Stone (Ogham Stone). Visitors familiar with the legend of St. Brendan will admire the Currach boat, while naturalists will marvel at the Celts' coexistence with nature - you can even explore a Crannóg, an ancient lake dwelling fashioned from all natural materials. The grounds also house a later 16th century castle, around which native species such as Wild Boar and Soay Sheep continue to roam the plain.

Do & See

The River Shannon and the Lakelands is a large region, taking in bountiful countryside as well as several towns.