Shannon Banks Walk & Nature Trail
This walking trail starts at the rear of Athlone Castle and is approximately 5km long. It is a looped bi-directional walk which takes you along the banks of the River Shannon and the old Athlone Canal. There are four information boards along the trail detailing flora, fauna, wildlife and fish that are along the walk.
With the sun on your back and water lapping at your side, take a stroll along the Shannon Banks Walk. It begins in the shadow of Athlone Castle and leads you along a nature trail that’s bursting with a diversity of wildlife. Stretching along a 5km, you’ll pass lawns, grassy verges and parklands. You’ll walk under Sycamore, Norway Maple, Red Oak and proud Horse Chestnut trees.
From Moorhen to Heron and from Coots to Little Grebs, you’ll hear the birds sign as they glide over the water. It’s just one of several wonderful walks and a great way to see Athlone town. What’s more, it’s best way to set you up for a meal and drinks in the lively pubs afterwards.
There are 8 information boards along the trail of which 4 are located along the canal and tell the story of Athlone Bypass Canal.
Along the route is an island modern and man made, a product of the Shannon Navigation Works of 1840. The island formerly called 'Dead Man's Island' is known as 'Charlie's Island' in memory of a man who lived there on a beached house boat and travelled to work daily by boat.