Lough Derg - one of the biggest lakes in Ireland after Lough Neagh - is a great location for a family getaway, romantic break or for some relaxing time spent with friends. The lough, located in the Shannon River Basin, stretches almost 40km across Ireland, with shores in County Clare, Galway and Tipperary.
The lake is popular for all kinds of recreation, including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and fishing. Renting accommodation in Killaloe, or a holiday home in Dromineer, would put you almost on the lakes shores, meaning you are never far from adventure. Aside from the lake, the are is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with numerous charming towns and villages to explore, as well as being a great area for walking, cycling, horse-riding and golf. For those who are interested in history, visit the medieval Neagh Castle, built around 1200. With 101 steps to the top, your efforts will be rewarded with the wonderful scenic views of the Shannon region. Alternatively, visit the Portumna Forest Park, situated north of Lough Derg or enjoy a scenic drive or tour along the lake's shores. End your stay in Lough Derg accommodation with a trip to the chocolate shop in the town of Nenagh – who could refuse?
Not ready to leave Ireland yet?
If you enjoy your visit to Lough Derg, other popular destinations within the Shannon Region include Liscannor and Spanish Point – a historical area named after the many ships of the Spanish Armada which were wrecked here in 1588.