The breath-taking scenery of the Arra and
Silvermines Mountains provide the backdrop for the eastern shores of Lough
Derg. At Dromineer
choose between a boat trip with Lough Derg Boat Tours, or fully immerse yourself at Lough Derg Aqua Splash – they have it all, paddleboats, SUPs, kayaks
and a waterpark to boot! The children’s playground, seating area and
the view of the boats at Dromineer marina provide an excellent venue for a
relaxing picnic after all that splashing around.
Blueway walking options include the Graves of the
Leinstermen looped trail, just
a short drive from Nenagh. This 6km walking trail starts on minor roads through
pleasant countryside, it then leaves the road turning into the Arra Mountains.
The trail ascends to Tountinna (459m), where breath-taking views of Lough Derg
await! Whatever the weather, this loop walk never fails to impress. A lower level walk along the lake shore between
Garrykennedy and Dromineer is possible along the signposted Lough Derg Way.
The villages along the eastern shore of Lough Derg
offer many delicious options for lunch. Lough Derg House and Lake Café in
Dromineer, Larkins in
Garrykennedy or Paddy's Bar in
Terryglass are just three to choose from. Or in Nenagh grab a bite in Country Choice or The Pantry. En-route
why not pop into John Hanly & Co.
Ltd for a spot of shopping and
bag a bargain from the factory seconds.
Depending on how active you are feeling after lunch,
you could explore one of the rural cycle routes or walks around Nenagh. Hire a
bike from Moynan’s who
will advise you on the best routes.
Or take a more leisurely visit to the Heritage
Centre, Gaol, Franciscan Abbey. Explore the
majestic Nenagh Castle, a
beautiful 13th century castle oozing with medieval intrigue! Within the
castle’s fortified stone walls, there is a whopping 101 step spiral staircase
leading all the way to the top, the reward stunning views. The castle boasts
the finest cylindrical keep in Ireland and features four storeys.
Alternatively a leisurely drive south of Nenagh will
bring you to the heritage sites at Garrykennedy Castle and Harbour, Castletown
Church and Graveyard or the beautiful Youghal Village, not to be confused with
its County Cork cousin! Take the must-have Instagram photo at The Lookout at Portroe, as the name suggest the backdrop to
your selfie will “look out” across the entire lake.
After so much exploration, you will have a fine
appetite - there are many award winning restaurants in Nenagh to choose from
and the GN Abbey Court
Hotel and Self-catering Lodges on the edge of the town will provide a warm welcome for the weary