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The Shannon Pot

Source of the majestic River Shannon

Ireland’s longest river bubbles to the surface at this pool surrounded by caves, mountains and karst landscapes.

Discover The Shannon Pot

The Shannon Pot, situated near Cuilcagh Mountain in County Cavan, marks the emergence of the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. You can find this natural wonder along the Blacklion to Glangevlin Road (R206) in West County Cavan, approximately 50 minutes away from Killeshandra. 

Embark on a delightful walk along the Cavan Way, a long-distance walking route that stretches from Blacklion to Dowra. As you follow this path, you’ll uncover the remarkable karst landscape and eventually arrive at the Shannon Pot, where the river springs forth, bubbling to the surface. 

Immerse yourself in the rich mythology associated with this captivating location. Legend has it that the Shannon Pot derives its name from Síonnan, the daughter of Lodan, a descendant of the Celtic God of the Sea, Lír. Unravel the ancient tales of Finn MacCool and the Fianna, the revered warriors of Irish mythology, who have left their mark on this sacred place. 

While visiting the Shannon Pot, consider exploring the nearby attractions that showcase the diverse natural beauty of the region. Just a short distance away, you’ll find the prehistoric landscapes of Cavan Burren Park, the awe-inspiring Marble Arch Caves, the enchanting Tullydermot Waterfalls, and the historic site of Moneygashel Cashel. These Geopark sites offer a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s geological and cultural heritage. 

Take your time to appreciate the tranquility and scenic surroundings of the Shannon Pot, a place where nature’s forces shape the land and where the journey of the mighty River Shannon begins. Let the stories and wonders of this remarkable destination captivate your imagination and leave you with cherished memories of Ireland’s natural wonders.



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