Holy Island, named because of its links with early Christian saints, is called in Irish Inis Cealtra or ‘Island of the Burials’ and the island holds a graveyard with graveslabs dating from the 8th century. Historian Gerard Madden, author of the history of Holy Island, which is on sale, leads daily boat trips and guided tours of the island. Fishing, rowing and paddle boats can be hired too. Tours leave from Mountshannon pier.

Caravan at Mountshannon pier