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Towns & Villages

Starting at Killaloe, the Lough Derg route is around 120 kilometres long, offering some magnificent scenery and passing through memorable little towns and harbour-side villages.

Abbey

Abbey

Abbey in East Galway, the village is home to Kilnalahan Abbey, from which it gets its name. The 13th century abbey is a unique part of Ireland’s monastic history, being …
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Kilgarvan Quay

Kilgarvan Quay

Kilgarvan Quay is a truly special experience. When you turn into the quay you encounter a flotilla of boats of all shapes and sizes. The quay is a popular mooring …
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Mota

Mota

Dubbed one of the most instagrammable spots on Lough Derg, Mota Quay is an oasis of tranquility. Catch a sunset at the quay and your dopamine levels will be through …
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Williamstown Harbour

Williamstown Harbour

Winding country roads lined with wildflowers will bring you to this tranquil harbour. And boy, will you sigh with relief when you arrive! You will instantly destress and drop into …
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Woodford

Woodford

If you’re a fan of woodland and nature trails, you’ll find plenty of great options near Woodford village, with not just one or two, but three nature reserves in the …
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Birdhill

Birdhill

Birdhill is a former winner and consistently highly rated contestant in the Tidy Towns Awards, this beautiful village oozes with pride and character. The adjective that springs to mind is …
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Ballycommon

Ballycommon

The attractive village of Ballycommon enjoys an ideal location, just a short drive away from Nenagh in one direction and the lakeside village of Dromineer in the other.

Enjoy views …
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Tuamgraney

Tuamgraney

The village of Tuamgraney is one of the most notable ecclesiastical and historical places in Ireland. St. Cronan’s Church, built in the first millennium, is still used for worship.

In …
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Killaloe Town

Killaloe Town

Journey to Killaloe in Co. Clare and admire its beautiful setting on the River Shannon.

Joined by a 13-arch stone bridge to its twin town of Ballina, Killaloe village …
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Ballina

Ballina

Ballina is located where the River Shannon resumes its course out of Lough Derg, the river is wide and meandering. A narrow 13-arched stone bridge leads from Ballina, Co. Tipperary …
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Garrykennedy

Garrykennedy

One of the best ways to experience the magic of Lough Derg is to visit the beautiful hamlet of Garrykennedy. This quaint Irish village is a firm favourite for many …
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Portroe

Portroe

For a commanding and spectacular view of Lough Derg and the surrounding countryside, the village of Portroe offers a marvellous setting.

The “Lookout” on the road between Ballina and Portroe …
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Nenagh

Nenagh

Nenagh was originally a market town and its name in Irish, an tAonach, means “The Fair of Ormond” which is a reference to the Ormond Fair of East Munster.

These …
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Dromineer

Dromineer

All the little ports around Lough Derg have their own individual character. The postcard-pretty village of Dromineer, once known as the ‘Port of Ormond’, is a unique little gem of a …
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Puckane

Puckane

The quaint, picture-perfect village of Puckane makes a great base for discovering Lough Derg. Just a ten-minute drive from Nenagh and close to both Dromineer and Garrykennedy too, there’s plenty …
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Coolbawn

Coolbawn

The tiny village of Coolbawn is tucked away on the eastern shores of Lough Derg in an idylic and tranquil setting.

Ballinderry

Ballinderry

Ballinderry is one of the many picturesque villages dotted around Lough Derg. It has a number of notable heritage buildings including an old mill with a large and impressive water …
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Terryglass

Terryglass

Terryglass is a picturesque village located on the northern shores of Lough Derg. It is well served with two local pubs, both of which serve delicious local produce.

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Portumna

Portumna

Portumna is a major point of traffic across the majestic River Shannon. The scenic town has a lovely forest park and a remarkable castle that has recently been restored.

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Whitegate

Whitegate

The small village of Whitegate is a popular location for walkers, anglers, boaters and other water lovers. It’s one of nine trailheads along the East Clare Way, a 172km multi-day …
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