Commentary provided on all interesting sights as you cruise by

Smooth calm waters

Visit Killaloe /Ballina – Leave Feeling Inspired & Relaxed

There is an abundance of things to do in Killaloe (County Clare) and Ballina (County Tipperary)


Killaloe is located where the River Shannon resumes its course out of Lough Derg, the river is wide and meandering. A narrow 13 arched stone bridge leads from Killaloe County Clare to Ballina Co. Tipperary. Standing on either side of Killaloe bridge you will find our two superb local four star hotels and both provide a convenient location for your stay. Or perhaps you would like to stay in one of the local guesthouses a full list can be found here

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Day 1 Take it easy

The twin-towns have been awarded heritage town status because of their rich and historic past. The royal palace of High King Brian Boru (940-1014), a founder of the O’Brien Clan and one of the greatest kings of Ireland is just one of the many sites to testify the national importance of Killaloe.

Gentle walk around Killaloe

Take a morning stroll and explore our picturesque towns, at the Southern end of Killaloe on the banks of the River Shannon stands the restored 13th century St. Flannan’s Cathedral. In the grounds of the Catholic Church at the top of the main street lies St. Lua’s Oratory after being rescued from Friar’s Island which was submerged by the Shannon Hydro Electric Scheme (1926-1929). Other interesting sites to see are the Pier Head and Tobermurragh which form part of the new Fáilte Ireland Killaloe Heritage Trail (4.5km) details of the trail are here.

Gentle walk around Killaloe

Variety of delicious food in a riverside setting

Call into one of the local café’s or restaurants for some freshly served lunch. Killaloe offers a wide variety of restaurants, each with its own unique atmosphere serving a wide variety of cuisine. For a list of restaurants and café’s see

The lower deck is fully enclosed

Cruise the River Shannon and Lough Derg

Join Killaloe River Cruises for the best opportunity to explore the River Shannon and Lough Derg nestled in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. A commentary is provided as you gently cruise along the calm sheltered waters of Ireland’s finest waterway. Bar facilities are available on-board Spirit of Killaloe. Relax and unwind with an Irish Coffee or with one of fourteen premium gins served on board. Spirit of Killaloe has an open deck with seating for all passengers where you can truly appreciate the magnificent scenery. The lower deck is fully enclosed to ensure a comfortable cruise. Our 12-person boat Spirit of Lough Derg maintains our scheduled cruise depending on demand. The boats are owner operated offering a very personal service providing great knowledge and information on the locality.

Relax and Unwind

In the afternoon book into one of Killaloe or Ballina’s beauty specialists for a luxurious treatment or unwind with a game of golf at (22km from Killaloe) set on 150 acres of unspoilt, rolling and quiet countryside.

Fishing on Lough derg

Don’t leave without a spot of angling, as Killaloe and Ballina are a prime location for pike-fishing. TJ’s angling centre provides all the equipment you need. is a wonderful incentive which offers fishing courses for young enthusiasts.

Evening Entertainment on the banks of the River Shannon

In the evening time there is a good selection of pubs and restaurants each with its own brand of live entertainment, fine pints and craic.

Day 2 Take it easy

Blue Flag Beach

Take the short drive out to the nearby Blue Flag Beach at Ballycuggaran and stroll around this picturesque park, feed the ducks or swans or maybe you would like to dip your feet into Lough Dergs’ refreshing water. Continue by car to the charming village of Mountshannon. Enjoy afternoon tea overlooking the River Shannon in or

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Day 1 Activity and Adventure

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling

If you seek an activity and adventure packed stay in Killaloe and Ballina why not dive straight in at the deep-end with a visit to ULAC, the University of Limerick Adventure Centre. There you can take a lesson in sailing, kayaking, canoeing or your choice of water sports. will take you out on the River Shannon kayaking. Enjoy a dip in the lake at the local Blue flag beach located at . In July and August you have the option of the Ballina out door heated pool located at Ballina Riverside Park, there is a children’s playground here too. Explore Killaloe and Ballina by renting a bike at

Day 2 Activity and Adventure

Spectacular Scenery of Lough Derg along the Ballycuggaran Loop

There are excellent walking trails around Killaloe, for example the Ballycuggaran Loop (7km) which is of moderate intensity and takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. It starts at Ballycuggaran, 3km from Killaloe on the Scariff road, it’s the stunning views of Lough Derg along the route that’ll enthral you. This is also an ideal location for a picnic or why not use one of onsite Bar-B-Que facilities.

Picnic by the river

Millenium Cross Walk

On the Tipperary side the Millennium Cross walk is a must, the starting point is located at The Graves of the Leinster Men. After exploring this beautiful part of Tipperary, why not head down to the lakeside village of Garrykennedy where you will find .

Parteen Weir Walk

For a walk along a level surface without any gradient, drive to O’Briensbridge and follow the River Shannon upstream to the weir O’Briensbridge – Parteen Weir Loop

After an action packed day check in to one of the riverside restaurants and enjoy their great steaks, quality locally sourced ingredients and refreshing cocktails.

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Join Killaloe River Cruises for the best opportunity to explore the River Shannon and Lough Derg