|Bike Ride Description:
Take the meandering Lough Derg Cylceway and see the picturesque villages through three different
counties! Starting at Glocca Morra B&B in County Clare, turn left out of the drive towards Scarriff. Two km
on the right hand side you will come to the first of several lookout points. Here you can see Holy Island in
the distance and also the shorelines of Scarriff and Mountshannon. Continue on this road to the town of
Tuamgraney where the East Clare Heritage Centre is located in what is probably the oldest church in
Ireland still in use. At the junction ahead, turn right onto the R352 to Scarriff. Follow this road to
Mountshannon where you can turn right past the Mountshannon Hotel to the harbour. Here you can take a
boat to Holy Island and see Ogonnelloe and the Arra Mountains of Tipperary with Tountinna being the
tallest. Back to the main road, turn right and follow the road through Whitegate on the way to Portumna.
You will pass through many small villages including Gorteeny and Power's Cross all in County Galway.
Follow into Portumna where you can stop off at Portumna Castle turning right past the church. This old
manor house is still under reconstruction and is worth the small admission price to see the grounds and
first floor. Don't miss the Kitchen Garden. Upon leaving the castle, go straight ahead to the junction and turn
right. This will take you across the bridge in Portumna, which is the northern most point of Lough Derg.
Across the bridge you enter County Tipperary. Follow the signs for the N52 to the village of Carrigahorig.
Just up the hill take a right hand turn to Terryglass on the R493. This will take you through the quaint villages
of Terryglass, Ballinderry, Coolbaun and Puchane. The narrow winding roads are well worth the trip when
you enter Puchane where you will see old thatched roof cottages that can be rented as summer holiday
homes. Continue on this road in the direction of Nenagh and back to the N52. Turn right and follow the
signs to Dublin/Limerick N7 through 2 roundabouts. You can turn right at the first roundabout to see the
picturesque village of Dromineer. After Dromineer return to the N52 and turn right. At the next roundabout,
take the Portroe exit. This is the R494. Follow this road through Newtown and before entering Portroe
there is a turnoff to the right for Garrykennedy. Another great location for seeing Lough Derg and Larkin's
Pub is well known. About turn to the R494, turn right and about another 2 km after the town of Portroe is a
lookout point on the right hand side. Here you can see all of upper Lough Derg, and yes, Holy Island and
Mountshannon in the distance. Continue on the R494 in the direction of Ballina and at the mini roundabout
turn right to cross the bridge. Just past Molly’s turn right and this will bring you to the parking lot on your left
and here you can take the Spirit of Killaloe cruise at 2:30pm which brings you into the main basin of Lough
Derg and gives a history of the area and King Brian Boru. After the cruise you may want to explore the twin
towns of Killaloe/Ballina and walk along the canal built as a passage for boats around the 13 arch bridge
before the hydroelectric scheme flooded the area in 1929. Be sure to check out the Brian Boru Heritage
Centre to learn about the history of Killaloe and Ireland's greatest High King, Brian Boru. Next, return to the
carpark and turn right at Molly's to cross the bridge into Killaloe. At the end of the bridge turn right in the
direction of Scarriff. Continue on this road and just before the 80km speed signs you will come to Brian
Boru’s ring fort on your right hand side. This is a lovely serene ring fort that has been dated to the time of
King Brian Boru’s reign. Continue on in the direction of Scarriff and 2 km past here is a small picnic area
on your right called Two Mile Gate. Here you can feed the ducks and swans and take a stroll around the
area and for the courageous, take a dip in the cool waters of Lough Derg (The Lake of the Bloody Eye).
Continue on this road for about 5 km and you'll find yourself back home at Glocca Morra! Most cyclists like
to start and complete their journey at Killaloe and Ballina but, essentially, you can pick up on the cycleway,
which is signposted in both directions, anywhere along the route. All in all, a picturesque 115km cycle, with
lots of potential stop points of interest along the way.
Time: Approximately 2 - 2.5 days
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Terrain: Mostly flat with occasional steep climbs. Excellent scenery and lake views.
Traffic: On this route can be busy during peak holiday season. Otherwise very light.
Suitability: Suitable for people of medium levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluid, snacks, waterproofs and a rucksack.
|Lough Derg Cycleway
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|Glocca Morra B&B 4 Star Accommodation
Ogonnelloe, Killaloe, Scarriff
County Clare, Ireland