Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
This sixth century monastic site, located on the banks of the River Shannon is home to three High Crosses, a Cathedral, seven Churches and two Round Towers. This great monastery was founded in 548- 9 by St Ciaran.
Clonmacnoise was a centre of learning excellence, and many manuscripts, including the including the Annals of Tighernach (eleventh century) and the Book of the Dun Cow (twelfth century), were written here. The site is entered through the visitor centre, where a number of cross-slabs are displayed. The centrepiece of the Interpretative Centre is the ninth century Cross of the Scriptures.
Guided tours and a coffee shop are on site. The surrounding area of Clonmacnoise is a microcosm of landscapes within the Midlands. These include the river callows, eskers, boglands both preserved and cutaway.