Rinn Duin Castle Loop
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Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Unit 12, Tower B, Roscommon West Business Park, Golf Links Road, Roscommon, Republic of Ireland
Ms Úna Doris
Rinn Dúin is a walker's delighted and home to Warren Point and Castle Looped Walking Trails which have opened up this tranquil farmland peninsula to the interested visitor.
Walking here, you get a sense that past and present are closely interleaved. You will be captivated by the fascinating remains of an Anglo-Norman castle and walled town. Built in 1227 by King Henry III of England, it was populated by up to 1000 people in its heyday. It was destroyed, ruined and forgotten in less than 150 years, but in recent times one of the most important medieval town sites in Ireland has recently found a new lease of life.
Six hundred and fifty years after it was destroyed and forgotten, St. John’s Parish Heritage Group has facilitated the conservation of the medieval town walls and the parish church. Situated on Lough Ree about 10 miles by boat or car from Athlone it lies near the village of Lecarrow in St. John's Parish in South Roscommon.
From a few dozen academic visitors a year in 2007 to 6,500 visitors in the year 2011, Rindoon is a national cultural tourism treasure, just waiting to be explored!
Access to this land is due to the kind permission of the landowners. Please follow the directional signage for this trail and please respect the environment by following the principles of Leave No Trace.
Let us know how you enjoyed your experience at Rinn Dúin by leaving a review on www.roscommon.ie or on the Irish Trails website.