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 swing bridge.

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Trailhead Location



Portumna Water Recreation Park to Hayes Island


Suitable for guided beginners


4.75km round trip


1 hour 35 minutes


Travel left (east) when you depart from the water recreation park and then enter the Shannon river where you see the navigation markers. There can be rough water where the Shannon enters the lake and travelling upstream can be difficult in high river flows, also avoid the angling stands on your left. Paddle under the N65 bridge and then return on the other side of Hayes Island. Be aware that motor cruiser and water ski craft in the river can create large wakes.

Irish Water Safety | Remember the rules – Enjoy yourself – Come home safely

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