If you’re someone who has learned the importance of shopping in local charity shops then this is meant for you. Let me tell you why: there is a wealth of amazing charity shops around Lough Derg, situated in gorgeous villages that are a treat in themselves where you’re guaranteed to find some absolute gems.So, to all of my bargain hunters out there, here is an itinerary that will take you around the lovely Lough Derg, whether you decide to do the round trip in a day, a few days or a week that is up to you.

Nenagh is a really great place to start, they have a wealth of second-hand shops to sift through. You’ll find Vincent’s, Tipperary Friends of Animals, NCBI, Enable Ireland, Sue Ryder and CARMHA to choose from! Or better yet, go to them all. Vincent’s is chock-a-block with a wide variety of items, ranging from clothes to bike helmets to furniture! You’re sure to find things here that you didn’t even know you need. That’s always a great sign in my opinion – it characterises the true beauty of charity shopping, serendipity. With a bright and welcoming yellow sign, Tipperary Friends of Animals is not only contributing to the welfare of our furry friends that I’m sure we all care deeply about but is also always a trusty spot for some great vintage finds. Afterwards, be sure to visit The Pantry to grab some breakfast, brunch or lunch!

Wasteland

Wasteland Salvage

As you continue on to Killaloe and Tuamgraney, make sure to pay attention to the lush green surrounding countryside. No matter where you’re driving around Lough Derg, it’s always beautiful. In Killaloe, you will find fewer charity shops to choose from but the quality remains. For example, Clarecare is a great one to pop into, it has an abundance of clothes and is updated regularly. While you’re there, stroll around and take in the town’s picturesque and quaint nature. From Killaloe, you should continue on to the Wasteland Salvage in Tuamgraney, where you’re sure to be amazed whether you’re a sustainable shopping enthusiast or a seasoned professional. This quirky world of recycled goods spans everything from vintage clothes to old Agas. If you’re in the middle of building a house and on the market for a distinctive retro door or the likes, why not build with the planet in mind? It’s actually difficult to put into words the wonder you will feel when you enter this treasure land. There are endless possibilities at Wasteland Salvage, so I highly recommend seeing for yourself.

In Scarriff, you will find the unique and contemporary Garden Cafe. Not only will you find a cafe offering the freshest food you’ll have had in a long time, all home grown in the community co-op in the back, you’ll also find a second hand clothes shop and book shop on the premises! The cafe offers a variety of vegetarian specials as well as delicious home baked treats. Also, make sure to try their oat milk latte, it’s to die for! There is a brilliant array of clothes to choose from, as well as knick-knacks and some furniture bits. When you continue to the back garden, you can even meet the chefs and gardeners who have prepared your food from scratch. Have a gander through the garden and polytunnel to see where the produce comes from first hand. Before continuing on to the next town, why not relax in the sun with a lentil dahl and breathe in the nature.

Last but not least, Portumna is another prime location for second hand shopping. NCBI is a great one in which to find some retro style pieces and update your wardrobe. All proceeds go directly to NCBI who work with people with sight loss in the local community. You’ll feel like you’re making a difference while also getting your hands on some fantastic bargains, it’s a win win! After you’ve browsed through all of what’s on offer and hopefully found a few gems, head over to Vincent’s. They have clothing, household linen, books, CDs and all the bric-a-brac on the market!

A few spots to have a look at on your travels…

Restaurants

Abbot’s Steakhouse Restaurant serves the very best of Tipperary steaks as well as fish and seafood from Rosslare and Kenmare Bay. If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind and relax, look no further.

Pepe’s Restaurant offers a casual dining experience in an atmospheric contemporary setting.  At Pepe’s you will find straightforward dishes, fresh local produce, friendly service and a well-chosen wine list.

The Peppermill Restaurant here you will enjoy the exciting atmosphere, fashionable surroundings, good value and friendly effortless service.

Cafes

Derg House Cafe is a unique coffee shop located in the lovely Killaloe offering French patisserie and Irish breakfast and food.

Lough Derg House and Lake Cafe in the village of Dromineer provides great accommodation at reasonable prices and exceptional food for all at their cafe where everything is freshly baked every morning.

The Pantry Cafe in Nenagh is one of Nenagh’s best-known meeting points in town whether that be a quick bite or a lazy catch up among friends. There is a wide range to choose from, you won’t be disappointed!

Accommodation

Willowbrook B&B Willowbrook is a 4 Star approved, modern and comfortable home located in Nenagh. Set in its own landscaped gardens with seating areas on the patio and in the garden to relax and enjoy the beautiful rolling pastures in the heart of North County Tipperary.

Hawthorn Lodge B&B here you will experience the true meaning of Irish hospitality at its best. Located in Mountshannon, they are the perfect venue for a family getaway, with room for everyone, including the family dog!

Shannon Breeze B&B a family-run Bed and Breakfast situated 1.6km from the scenic villages of Ballina and Killaloe, an ideal base for fishing on Lough Derg, cycling, hillwalking and touring the coastal areas of West Clare and the historic sites of North Tipperary.