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Starting from Clareville House, the tour travels around the lake and takes in many picturesque towns & villages in 3 counties-Clare, Galway & Tipperary- along the way. Random photo/coffee stops may take place along the way.
We travel the western side of the lake and you will see Holy Island or Inis Cealtra, one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. (Make a note to enquire about a boat trip & guided tour.) At Mountshannon Harbour, you may catch sight of the famous White Tailed Sea Eagles.
Continuing on towards Whitegate, we pass by Dromaan & Williamstown Harbours and arrive at Holland’s Famine Quay, which dates to 1826 and was the departure point for thousands of people from this area during the Famine Times. The Holland family still live nearby.
We now head for Portumna, Co Galway, where we will see Portumna Castle and visit the Irish Workhouse Centre, a real throwback to the famine times in this country.
We then cross over the River Shannon to Co Tipperary and drive towards the beautiful harbour village of Terryglass, where we will have a walkabout and lunch at Paddy’s Bar.
On our way to Nenagh, via Coolbawn & Puckane, we pass a 16thC 4 Storey Tower House known as Tullaun Castle.
On arrival in Nenagh, we have a guided tour of the famous Nenagh Castle and take in the Heritage Centre and Nenagh Courthouse, with its magnificent bronze sculptures of 3 local Olympic Gold Medalists.
Leaving Nenagh, we take the scenic lake drive to Ballina/Killaloe and on the way we will have a designated photo stop at “The Lookout” and The Millenium Cross (time & weather permitting) which offers magnificent views across Lough Derg to Co Clare and up the River Shannon towards Co Galway. It’s a “Must Stop” for photographers.!!!
We continue on and re-cross the River Shannon from Ballina, Co Tipperary to Killaloe, Co Clare and take in the beautiful St Flannan’s Cathedral.
We are now on the home run back towards Clareville House and we pass by Two Mile Gate, a popular bathing/water sports location with the scenic Ballycuggeran Loop Walk nearby.
We arrive home in Tuamgraney and our final visit is to St. Cronan’s Church, which is the oldest church still in use in Ireland & UK and dates back to the 10th Century and the Brian Boru era. There may still be time for a stroll around the village & the Memorial Park or a visit to McKernan Woollen Mills & Wildes Irish Chocolates.
On some occasions we may do the tour in the opposite direction.