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Lough Derg Drive

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Lough Derg is the largest and one of the most beautiful of the lakes on the River Shannon. Explore this enchanting drive along the country roads that hug the shoreline of Lough Derg.

Taking in Ballina/Killaloe, Ogonelloe, Mountshannon, Portumna, Terryglass, Dromineer, Nenagh, Portroe and returning to Ballina/Killaloe. A distance of 125km (78 miles), approximately.

Travelling north of Ballina on the Western shore, excellent viewing points can be found at Ogonelloe and Mountshannon. At the head of the lake is Portumna, a busy cruising town where you can visit the delightful Forest Park and the restored Portumna Castle. The eastern shore offers plenty of attractive marina villages including Terryglass and Dromineer, whilst you can also visit the busy market town of Nenagh.

The picturesque twin towns of Ballina/Killaloe, sited at the southern tip of the lake provide the perfect starting point. Travelling clockwise around the lake you'll find one of the best viewing spots of the entire drive near the village of Ogonelloe.

A little further north, the pretty village of Mountshannon is one of the busiest cruising and yachting centres on Lough Derg and a great place to stop and eat. Portumna, the town at the head of the lake, is another busy cruising centre with a delightful Forest Park to ramble in and a restored Castle to visit.

Heading south along the eastern shore you come to the charming village of Terryglass. You can continue to hug the shoreline to Domineer, a great centre for fishing and boating, or head to the busy market town of Nenagh.

Travel back to the lakeside through Newtown and drink in the views from Portroe. Your journey ends back at the southern tip in Ballina/Killaloe where excellent food and drink will complete an idyllic journey.

This blue oute can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland.