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Lough Derg Canoe Trail

Grab a paddle and explore Lough Derg by canoe!

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 58.036 miles
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  The Shannon Region is an ideal destination for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts with the River Shannon and its magnificent Lough Derg... more »

Tips:  Lough Derg is one of Ireland's largest lakes and offers 32,000 acres of non-tidal waters, surrounded by beautiful countryside and... more »

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Points of Interest

The visitor will find much to do and see in Portumna, County Galway, a Georgian town set on the idyllic banks of the River Shannon, at the head of Lough Derg. The town is located to the west of the point where the River Shannon enters Lough Derg. This historic crossing point over the River Shannon between counties Tipperary and Galway has a long... More

This ‘National Tidy Town’ award-winning village and northernmost lakeside village in North Tipperary offers a splendid setting as a
holiday base. The pretty village also has a long and distinguished history, with a monastery being founded there by St. Columb in 549 A.D.
The famous Book of Leinster was produced at the monastery around 1150, which... More

3. Kilgarvan Tipperary

Kilgarvan Quay, south of Terryglass on the Tipperary side, is an area of unspoiled beauty. The centre of Ballinderry is only 3.2km from Kilgarvan Quay. This attractive village in North Tipperary in the north eastern part of the lake has a number of new and old commercial buildings and a well presented cluster of houses.

4. Dromineer

Dromineer, which is located on the eastern shores of Lough Derg in Co. Tipperary, is one of the oldest villages located on the Lough.
The harbour is also home to the Lough Derg Yacht Club, which was founded in 1835 and is the third oldest sailing club in the world. There are also excellent trails and picnic areas nearby.

Garrykennedy is a historic harbour village on the lake’s North Tipperary shoreline. Up to the 1950s, it was a busy port with regular visits by the barges delivering barrels of stout. In recent years the area has been developed to cater for the needs of visitors.There is a lot for paddlers to explore in and around the village too, including the... More

6. Castlelough

Castlelough is on the banks of Lough Derg, 5km from Portroe village. Features include a picnic site, woodland walking trails and viewing points. The woods comprise over 50 hectares of mixed woodland that include a network of forest roads and trails which the walker is welcome to investigate. There is a broad range of tree species to be found... More

7. Killaloe-Ballina

Straddling the Clare – Tipperary border, the twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina have a unique setting on Lough Derg. They are steeped in the history and traditions surrounding the last Irish High King, Brian Boru and the bishops of Killaloe. A 13 arch stone bridge, dating from around 1760, spans the waterway between the two towns.
The towns are hugely... More

8. Ballycuggeran (TwoMileGate)

Two-Mile-Gate is situated 3km from Killaloe on the west side of the lake. This renowned beauty spot provides one of Lough Derg's two Blue Flag Beaches, indicating that it reaches a high level of environmental quality. As well as being a safe bathing area, it is a popular location for wind-surfing and sailing.
This is a lovely area for a picnic... More

9. Scarriff

Scarriff, the east Clare capital, is accessible from Lough Derg via the narrow, winding channel of the Scarriff River. The indented, wooded shoreline, numerous islands and surrounding uplands are complemented by fascinating cultural features including Castle Bawn. Scarriff town, which is somewhat removed from the waterway offers a variety of... More

10. Mountshannon and Holy Island

A previous winner of Ireland’s prestigious ‘National Tidy Towns’ award, Mountshannon is an attractive village near the Clare shoreline of Lough Derg. With the reconstruction of its harbour, the village is now one of the principal stopping places on the lake for boats. Those interested in heritage should take a fascinating stroll around the unique... More

11. Williamstown/Dromaan

Dromaan and Williamstown harbours, which are located within walking distance of each other, are good locations on Lough Derg for watersports including canoeing. The Benjamin Rocks navigation marker nearby is one of several distinctive navigation landmarks in this area. Whitegate Village is located 3km from the harbours, on the Clare-Galway border.

12. Rossmore Quay

Rossmore is a village near Woodford Co Galway. It lies at the foot of the Slieve Aughty Mountains, perfect for hiking and biking. The pier is on the mouth of the Woodford River in secluded surroundings. There is good fishing from the pier for pike, perch, bream and rudd. An especially nice spot for camping.