The Lough Derg Lakelands
Lough Derg has 179 km of indented shoreline, stretching over 40 km from Portumna at its northern tip to Killaloe and Ballina in the south. 12 kms, at its widest point, Lough Derg is an area of great charm, natural beauty and heritage. Many exciting activity options are available in the Lough Derg area that will inspire, relax or energise you. Spectacular countryside terrain and the wonderful waters of the lake make an ideal setting for many pursuits.
The Lough Derg Blueway
13,000 hectares of clear water surrounded by beautiful and dramatic countryside provides the opportunity to experience on-water and water-side trails, exhilarating activities, and adventures. Experience the Lough Derg Blueway by canoe, paddleboard, bicycle, on foot, cruising or angling. The Blueway is a 160km paddle trail that can also be enjoyed through a whole series of walking loops, routes and trails each bringing the magnificent lake into view.
The White Tailed Eagle
In 2013 the first white tailed eagles born in Ireland in over a century hatched near Mountshannon on Lough Derg. These amazing birds and chicks can be easily viewed using binoculars and scopes from the shore at Mountshannon Harbour or the bird hide in Mountshannon. There is also a bird hide in Portumna to view the eagles that have nested there.
Towns & Villages
Towns and villages like Killaloe, Ballina, Portumna, Mountshannon and beyond offer a wealth of lively pubs, bistros and fine dining options as well as, antiquities, fine architecture, traditional Irish music, local art and craft pieces and great shopping. Whether you visit for a day or a week, opt for a cruiser, the luxury of a stately home, the facilities of a hotel, or the fun of a farmhouse holiday, you’ll find that perfect holiday accommodation in the Lough Derg area.
Over 90 heritage sites are accessible around Lough Derg as the lake has a long history of habitation and its shores have been settled since prehistoric times. In the early medieval times it served as an integral part of the water highway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish midlands and beyond. Climb the 101 steps of the 13th Century Nenagh Castle or travel back in time at The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna. Holy Island/Inis Cealtra in the middle of Lough Derg is a must visit to explore the heritage and history of Lough Derg.
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Lough Derg can be accessed from counties Clare, Tipperary, Galway
Counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway, Ireland
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