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Blueway Water Trails

Boasting idyllic views of tree-lined shores, island-dotted bays, tranquil harbours and more, paddling a blueway trail is the ideal way to experience the beauty of Lough Derg. From long-distance trails to easy loops, you’ll find just the blueway to suit your experience level, embrace unique perspectives and even glimpse rare wildlife along the way. Paddles at the ready?

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Killaloe Loop

Killaloe Loop

From the Killaloe Canal this loop passes under 18th-century Killaloe Bridge, onto the River Shannon and back again. This picturesque blueway trail is ideal for guided beginner groups and independent …
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Killaloe to Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran)

Killaloe to Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran)

Paddling under 18th-century Killaloe Bridge and up the River Shannon, enjoy bay and headland vistas on this blueway trail suitable for guided beginners and independent intermediate paddlers. This 5km route …
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Portumna Water Recreation Park to Portumna Forest Park

Portumna Water Recreation Park to Portumna Forest Park

Boasting Portumna Forest Park’s tree-lined shores, bays and scattered islands, intermediate paddlers will enjoy this rewarding blueway trail. Keep an eye on the skies for the park’s White-Tailed Sea Eagles, …
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Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran) to Annacarriga Loop

Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran) to Annacarriga Loop

A short blueway loop ideal for guided beginner and intermediate paddlers, expect pleasant marina and lush headland views as you make your way towards Annacarriga holiday resort and back again.


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Portumna Water Recreation Park to Terryglass Harbour

Portumna Water Recreation Park to Terryglass Harbour

Showcasing particularly idyllic views of the lake, this blueway trail is ideal for guided beginners or unguided intermediate paddlers. Sitting directly across the lake from Portumna Castle, the trail’s finish …
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Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran) to Scariff via Ballynagleragh

Twomilegate (Ballycuggaran) to Scariff via Ballynagleragh

Best suited to intermediate/experienced paddlers with reasonable fitness, this idyllic route is the longest of the blueway trails. Enjoy bankside scenery, forested headlands and vantage points over harbours and bays …
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Terryglass to Slevoir Bay Loop

Terryglass to Slevoir Bay Loop

Guided and independent intermediate paddlers will enjoy crossing open water to reach picturesque Slevoir Bay. Admire the charming views around this enclosed bay before looping back to pictorial Terryglass.

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Scariff to Holy Island and Mountshannon via Scariff Bay

Scariff to Holy Island and Mountshannon via Scariff Bay

A long blueway ideal for intermediate paddlers of reasonable fitness, this pleasant route covers part of the River Scariff, passing piers and skirting bays before treating you to the option …
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Terryglass to Kilgarvan

Terryglass to Kilgarvan

Great for guided intermediate paddlers, this blueway trail boasts views of both Old Court Castle and Drominagh Castle’s remains. Watch out for a hidden harbour, sheltered headlands, pretty bays and …
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Mountshannon to Holy Island

Mountshannon to Holy Island

Beautiful bay views and scattered islets await on this guided-beginner/intermediate level blueway trail towards the ancient monastic settlement of Holy Island. Known for its well-preserved round tower, bring a picnic …
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Fool’s Island Loop

Fool’s Island Loop

Drift through the reeds towards tree-lined Fool’s Island on a charming loop that’s perfect for guided intermediate paddlers. Amid the island’s reed banks, quiet, keen-eyed paddlers might even spot some …
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Mountshannon and Cloonoolia Bays

Mountshannon and Cloonoolia Bays

A great option for independent intermediates and fit guided beginners, enjoy bay and harbour views and lush tree-lined shores on this scenic blueway trail. Departing from pretty Mountshannon, this route …
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Dromineer to Luska

Dromineer to Luska

Skirting headlands and following bays and tree-lined river banks, this intermediate level blueway trail leads paddlers from one side of Dromineer to the other and on to Luska Pier. Depending …
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Dromineer to Garrykennedy via Little Tamona and Youghal Quay

Dromineer to Garrykennedy via Little Tamona and Youghal Quay

Passing more than 12 quaint, private harbours, verdant headlands and the small rock and grassy quay known as Little Tamona, this 11km (one-way) blueway trail will delight intermediate paddlers. Enjoy …
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Garrykennedy to Youghal Village and Little Tamona

Garrykennedy to Youghal Village and Little Tamona

A great blueway trail for guided beginner groups at just 4.5km, this pleasant paddle passes tree-lined farmland en route to Youghal harbour and bay before reaching Little Tamona – a …
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Castlelough to Killaloe

Castlelough to Killaloe

A satisfying route that passes the ancient site of Brian Boru’s fort, this blueway trail suits strong, guided intermediate paddlers. Encompassing lake, river and canal sections, the final stretch of …
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Rossmore Pier to Illaunboe Quay (Coos Bay)

Rossmore Pier to Illaunboe Quay (Coos Bay)

A rewarding blueway trail for strong intermediate groups, soak up its scenic headlands, tranquil inlets and bayside beauty as you paddle from Rossmore Pier into Coos Bay and finish up …
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Portumna Water Recreation Park to Hayes Island

Portumna Water Recreation Park to Hayes Island

Ideal for guided beginners, this blueway trail brings paddlers under Portumna Bridge and around Hayes Island. Expect lush bank-side greenery and unique perspectives as you paddle under this early 20th-century …
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