Lough Derg Blueway (North) - Portumna
Portumna and its beautiful buildings are set
perfectly on the shores of Lough Derg – it’s the
northern gateway town. Here, grab a bike from Dick's
Bike hire and head to Portumna Forest
Park. Choose one of the three Blueway bike trails; we suggest
trail, at just over 10km; it is the longest trail and covers the
western / lake-facing side of the park. The long section around the lakeshore
has some of the most attractive landscape in the park and great views out over
the expanse of Lough Derg. After all that exploration you will have worked up a
thirst for some culture and heritage, so why not pop into Portumna Castle and Gardens?
Here you can savour the lemon cheesecake the castle café is renowned for.
Alternatively if you want some local knowledge and
a bit more excitement contact Jonathan of Mid Ireland Adventures who
will bring you on a mountain bike tour. To recover from your walk or cycle call
into the children friendly Blas restaurant or grab lunch in the Ferry Inn.
For the afternoon you can cycle to Kenny's of Palmerston Stores who
will provide you with fishing equipment for hire - their advice and experience
will send you to where you have the best chance of catching the finest of fish.
Accommodation options: Fuchsia
Lane Farm offers award-winning Holiday Rental Cottages situated close
to Terryglass; they are the perfect base for touring the Lough Derg region. Portumna House and Oak
Lodge - Bed & Breakfasts who offer a guaranteed warm welcome upon
arrival. And if it's a bit of craic you're after, then PodUmna is for you! Located
in the heart of Portumna, this quicky campsite offers three glamping options -
a shepherd's hut, pods, a bell tent, and bike hire!
Start the day with a refreshing dip in the
lake at Portumna's blue flag beach. For experienced paddlers, this area is
also the trailhead for three Blueway water trails. For beginners, head to the
lovely little quay of Kilgarvan. Here, Lough Derg
Watersports will bring you on a guided trail around
Fool’s island. Find your water legs as you meander through the harbour, along
reed trails and take a peek out into open water.
a great lunch in the Beehive Pizzeria don’t miss bringing
older kids on a tour of the Irish Workhouse Centre
it lifts history right out of the text book and into real life. Powerful and
moving. You can also follow the Portumna Heritage Trail using the app on your
smart phone, keep an eye out for the Heritage Trail signs around the town.
Indeed you can keep walking out to Portumna
Bridge and upstream alongside the River Shannon on the Hymany Way. This multi-day hike traverses the most beautiful and least explored
areas of Irelands Hidden Heartlands. Along this Blueway trail, you will travel
through the Shannon Callows, famous for their birdlife. Top-tip don't forget to
look up for the chance to see the White-Tailed – Sea-Eagles circling overhead.