While in Tipperary, take a trip around its lakeside villages. They will bring you great cheer whether you stay on land or take to the water.
Start in Killaloe or Ballina and notice the 13-arched stone bridge over the River Shannon. There is a great buzz in both of these connected villages and plenty to explore. Lots of dining options too. From Ballina, you can also take a one hour cruise on Lough Derg.
Head toward Portroe, stopping off at ‘The Lookout’ for amazing views. Continue onwards to Garrykennedy – this lakeside village is a real favourite with visitors. Enjoy lovely lakeside walks and woodland trails, and perhaps a snack at Ciss Ryan’s or Larkin’s Thatched Cottage Pub & Restaurant.
Onwards to the postcard-pretty Dromineer. The harbour is a haven for boating fans, and the lake beach is an ideal spot for a summer dip. If you feel energetic, put on your boots and walk the Slí Eala – a 10km walk that will allow you to absorb the beauty of Lough Derg.
Then, head to Terryglass – one of Ireland’s lakeside gems. The scenery around this area is stunning. Drop into Paddy’s Bar or The Derg Inn. Around the lake, there are lots of opportunities for activities from cruising to kayaking.
The “Lookout” is a short distance from Killaloe – Ballina in the direction of Portroe. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Lough Derg across to Clare and up the River Shannon towards Galway. There are picnic tables and map boards at the viewing point, so it’s a great place to stop off on your journey around the lake. Have your camera at the ready and expect to take some wonderful photos.
Visit Year Round
Villages around the lake are home to pubs, bistros and restaurants, local craft outlets, walking trails, wildlife, heritage sites and activity providers.
‘Your Daily Adventure’ is loved by visitors. Watch out for the Regional Editions on your travels. Each is packed with information on all there is to do, see and enjoy around Ireland. You can also view the online editions right here.
It is always advisable to check the opening dates and times of any attraction or business you intend to visit. Check their website or give them a call.