Three counties, one lake. The magnificent Lough Derg’s pristinely clean and naturally sparkling blue waters make it an enchanting find. Galway, Clare and Tipperary border this famous lough and its lakeshores are dotted with picturesque villages and memorable places to stop.
Embrace magnificent scenery, tranquil lakeland vistas, outdoor adventure and heritage galore along Lough Derg’s spectacular shores. Nestled between counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway, Lough Derg’s 179km of idyllic shoreline is the Southern gateway to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Stretching over 40km from its northern reaches in Portumna to its southern sweep in Killaloe/Ballina, the lively towns and villages that dot the shoreline have a unique charm, extend the warmest welcomes and delight with fantastic local food.
The Lough Derg Way:
Take in the lush scenery, lakeside vistas and abundance of heritage across counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary on this magnificent 68km linear trail. Taking three days to complete, this pleasant linear route starts in Limerick City and ends in Dromineer, County Tipperary.
Best accessed from one of the five trailheads (Limerick City, Clonlara, Killaloe/Ballina, Garrykennedy, Dromineer), this walk follows the River Shannon and its canals northwestwards to the lake port of Dromineer on stunning Lough Derg. Passing quaint villages and heritage towns along the way, you’ll enjoy picturesque landscapes at every turn.
Exploring Lough Derg by Boat:
A boat trip is a magical way to see Lough Derg. Delight in the magnificent views and stop in some of the quaint villages along the 120km route.
Rent a lakeboat with Shannon Lakeboat and Mini Cruiser Hire, www.shannon-boat-hire.com and try a spot of angling, all of the boats are fitted with fishfinders. Lough Derg is an ideal fishing location populated with several different species including brown trout, pike, perch, roach, salmon and bream. Or if you would prefer a longer trip to explore the lough, mini cruisers sleep two and can be hired on a weekly or daily basis.
Rental company, Emerald Star, www.emeraldstar.ie has three stations on the waterway where staff are on hand to advise both boating beginners and visitors with previous experience. Plan your personalised itinerary and soak up the stunning scenery.
For a day trip, book in with Killaloe River Cruises, http://www.killaloerivercruises.com
where the open deck is the place to be. Listen to the insider knowledge provided by the commentary onboard, taking you through the monastic settlements and amazing landscapes. Book your ticket online in advance as these cruises fill up fast.