St Johns House is ideal for people who enjoy the outdoors and exploring Ireland.
For trout, perch and pike in season. May and September are the best for trout, with good pike fishing in September and October.
Boat hire is available locally and fishing guides can be arranged on request.
There is also a public slipway for launching boats close by and boats can be drawn up on the shore in front of the house. Lough Ree has some of the biggest trout in Ireland in excess of 9lbs but they can be difficult to catch.
A national looped walk of about 4kms around the shores of Rinn Duin Peninsula, starts from just outside the house.
There are two loops; the longer one includes Rinn Duin Wood which is magnificent in May with its carpet of bluebells. The walk passes by all the historic sites of Rinn Duin, each of which has an information board. It is a most beautiful and historic walk and has recently been included in the top 15 walks in Ireland by the Sunday Times.
For those interested in Geocaching or if you just like finding a bit of hidden treasure the Rinn Duin walk features its very own hidden cache. You can find details on the GEOCACHING website.
The Suck Valley Way, of over 85km in length is about 15 minutes drive away, as is Mote Park Heritage Walk, a 20km waymarked walk through open farmland, forest and hillside through Mote Park estate just outside Roscommon town.
For those interested in habitat and birdlife the shore has many species, including occasional egrets, whimbrels and merlins. Over 40 species of bird have been seen in one day in winter and spring when migratory birds pass through.
Ravens, herons and many species of duck are common. Swans nest on the island in front of the house and coots, moorhens and herons frequent the reed beds. Egrets are becoming more common.
Rinn Duin Wood, an SAC site, has lesser spotted orchids and hybrid oxlips, while St John’s Wood is a fine example of ancient woodland managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
There are two bat boxes beside the house and for those who enjoy bats, as we do, you might like to see more information on the Bat Roost Ireland website.
There are 8 championship golf courses within 40 minutes drive, with Athone, Roscommon and Glasson under half an hour.
The Tain trail and Green Heartlands cycle routes pass close to the property.
We have two bicycles available for your use or secure storage if you bring your own.