The little village of Lecarrow to the northwest of Lough Ree has recently undergone an extensive renovation of its marina and is easily accessed through the pristine Lecarrow Canal. A short walk from the marina you will find Coffey’s bar and shop and the wonderful Yew Tree restaurant, which make up the nucleus of the town. The marina is fully equipped with modern facilities.
Nearby at Rinn Duin peninsula is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. This is the Rinn Duin Castle estate, one of the most well-preserved deserted Norman towns in Ireland. Its grounds contain nine heritage sites including the castle, gatehouse, windmill, church, a perimeter wall with three towers, a hospital and a bee pole. There is a looped 4 km sign posted walking trail which will guide you through all the sites and begins at St John’s House, which is a about a 1.5 mile walk from the marina. It is certainly a must-see attraction. You can also pull up at the peninsula and row in, however, anchoring in the Viking harbour is forbidden.
The Yew Tree restaurant is very popular in these parts and provides for a wonderfully wholesome experience. It is just a short walk from the marina and offers a warm welcome for all those cruising the Shannon. Close to the restaurant is Coffey’s pub which hosts live music on Wednesday nights and is generally a hive of activity during the summer months.