Lough Derg Blueway (East) - Nenagh, Dromineer and Garrykennedy

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Day 1

Nenagh, Dromineer and Garrykennedy

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 Blueway adventurer!