Lough Derg Way is a 41.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Ennis, County Clare, Ireland that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length41.9 miElevation gain5567 ftRoute typePoint to point
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeRiverWildlife
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With breathtaking scenery and fascinating heritage, this is one of Ireland's greatest lakeside long distance walks The Lough Derg Way is a spectacular linear route that stretches from Limerick City, to Killaloe/Ballina to Dromineer. The route is located along the banks of the River Shannon, the old Shannon navigational canal and the eastern shores of Lough Derg. The terrain is a mix of footpath, canal bank, riverbank, forest track, open countryside, old roadway, lanes and minor road.

This Guide describes the Lough Derg Way starting from Limerick City, however the walk is equally stunning whether you begin in Limerick or Dromineer. Directions to the Lough Derg Way Trailheads The Lough Derg Way is best accessed at one of five key trailheads, which provide information map boards and car parking. The trailheads are located reasonably close to other services and facilities, such as shops, accommodation, restaurants and public transport. The trailheads are located as follows: Trailhead 1 - Limerick City Limerick City is located approximately 25km from Shannon Airport and 37km from Ennis. This trailhead is located at the Limerick City Tourist Information office at Arthur's Quay in the centre of Limerick City. The tourist is open year round, tel. +353-61-317522 for more information. Trailhead 2 - Clonlara Clonlara is located on the R463, approximately 10km from Limerick City. This trailhead is located in the centre of the village. Trailhead 3 - Killaloe/Ballina Killaloe/Ballina is located on the R463 and is 28km from Limerick City. This trailhead is located at the Riverside Car Park on the Killaloe side of the River Shannon and is situated close to the Tourist Information office. There is also a mapboard on the Ballina side of the Bridge. More information is available from the Tourist Office, Tel. +353-61-376866, open May-September. Trailhead 4 - Garrykennedy Garrykennedy is located on the shores of Lough Derg, off the R494 near Portroe. The trailhead is located in the village, adjacent to this very popular harbour and marina. Trailhead 5 - Dromineer Dromineer is located, off the N52, on the R495. The trailhead is located in the village, overlooking the harbour. For more information contact Lough Derg House, tel. +353-87-2264138. Trail Summary Trailheads: Limerick City, Clonlara, Killaloe/Ballina, Garrykennedy and Dromineer Services: Available at each trailhead Distance: Approximately a 69km long-distance walking trail Time: 2 - 2.5 days. Each section represents approximately a half day's walking Difficulty: Moderate to difficult To Suit: People of medium levels of fitness or higher Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs. Rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone. Note: As this is a linear point-to-point walk, this may require a car pick up to be organised at the finish points. Detailed sectional maps of the route are available to download from www.ShannonRegionTrails.ie For packages, guiding and other services see Lough Derg Walking Tours (www.discoverkillaloe.com/walking-tours.htm, tel +353-86-0812880)

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