The Lough Derg Way is a spectacular linear route that stretches from Limerick City, to Killaloe/Ballina (26km) and from Killaloe... more »/Ballina to Dromineer (43km). The route is located along the banks of the River Shannon, the old Shannon navigational canal and the eastern shores of Lough Derg. The terrain is a mix of footpath, canal bank, riverbank, forest track, open countryside, old roadway, lanes and minor road.
The Lough Derg Way explores some of the fascinating heritage of the old Limerick Navigation system on the way to Killaloe. Leaving behind some of the many things to see and do in bustling Limerick, the walk follows the peaceful Park Canal and the River Shannon westwards through the city, as far the University of Limerick. After passing through the pretty Co. Clare villages of Clonlara and O'Briensbridge the way reaches the historic twin towns of Killaloe-Ballina. Once home of the famous 11th century High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, Killaloe is a heritage town, and interested walkers may want to linger at St. Flannan’s Cathedral with its early Christian oratory. The Tipperary sections of the Lough Derg Way feature some of the most spectacular lake views anywhere in Ireland, particularly from Tountinna, the summit of the Arra Mountains. The route then descends to the lakeshore and passes through the lovely village of Garrykennedy and the rural countryside around Youghal Bay before reaching the finish point at Dromineer. less «