The Shannon Estuary
The Shannon is Ireland's longest river, falling into the Atlantic after more than 200 arduous miles at Loop Head. Querrin Creek lies on the Loop Head Peninsula, in a Special Area of Conservation, a region full of history and heritage, a land of natural beauty, music and charm.
Home to over a dozen lakes and 200 islands, its 100km long tidal estuary creates a fitting finale. Scattery Island stands guard over the final approaches, its mythical monster lurking in the ruined churches and 10th century round tower. Bottlenose dolphins frolic around the fishing boats bound for the open sea. The historic Loop Head lighthouse stands sentinel over the peninsula.
Inhabited since pre-Christian times, the estuary offers glimpses into all periods of Irish history, with ring forts, holy wells, Viking graveyards, ruined monasteries and derelict 19th century emigrants cottages.
Querrin Creek is fortuitously located.Kilrush and Carrigaholt are the principal towns on the estuary, with Kilkee and Doonbeg on the Atlantic side of the peninsula. Each offering its own unique points of interest and entertainment, Carrigaholt Dolphin Watch principal amongst them.
"on all that strand
at end of day
steps sole sound
long sole sound
until unbidden stay
then no sound
on all that strand"
from "Roundelay" by Samuel Beckett.