Water Water Everywhere
Blackrock Point, County Clare
Uniquely sited on the gently sloping western shores of lower Lough Derg this cedar bungalow enjoys expansive views of the last lake on the indomitable river Shannon.
Whether it’s fishing or waterskiing that floats your boat, it’s here to be found on Ireland’s Pleasure Lake.
Lazy lake-side landscape
With verandah views reminiscent of a frontier cabin, this warm wooden home celebrates the al fresco lifestyle, and the textures of timber.
The open plan living space encompasses a sitting room that features panoramic vistas of the legendary lake, comfortable fire-side dining for six, and a fully fitted contemporary kitchen.
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The principal double bedroom embraces more of that ubiquitous view, and is partnered by two more twin rooms, still defined by the sylvan theme.
A raised and roofed verandah encompasses the front patio where a rustic bench table invites sunny morning breakfasts that can last till the coolness of the evening settles around you and the chatter of passing pleasure boats subsides.
The home sits on 3 acres of raised wildflower meadow overlooking Lough Derg and the Shannon.
There is lakeside access, for launching kayaks or boats to explore the lake.
Swimming is allowed, if a bit chilly – with all the usual precautions
The family bathroom with twin head shower serves all the guests.
The house has barbeque, laundry facilities, dishwasher and more than 200 movies on hard drive.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Pets – No sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Out and About
Lough Derg is known by some as the Pleasure Lake, because there is such a wide variety of water based activities available to the visitor. Everything from fishing to wind-surfing is catered for.
There is so much to do we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Play 18 holes in Portumna
- Trek ponies in the Slieve Aughtys
- Catch yourself a pike
- Walk around a woodland
- Have Lunch at Larkin's
- Go karting on Europe's largest track
- Learn to water ski
- Discover the Poorhouse
- Do a Windsurfing course at the university
- Paddle standing up
- Dine out at Gooser's
- The best Mountshannon info
In September don’t miss the Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna
About the Locality
Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable..
The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.
Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon.photo Coilte
You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum while in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.
Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.
The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre - which provides a wide range of activities.
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Shannon, Cork or Dublin.
Shannon Airport - approx 1 hour from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 2.5 hours from house.
Cork Airport - approx 2.5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool to Dublin.
Dublin Port is approx 2.5 hours from house
The closest village is Whitegate, a four minute drive. On the way in there is a quaint pub (The Nightingale). The scenic village of Mountshannon just 10 minutes away has a number of shops and pubs and hosts a market every Saturday morning during the summer months.
Small and uninhabited, Holy Island, is of great historical interest. Just a short trip away in the boat, it has a well preserved, if roofless Round Tower, the ruins of several churches and other structures.photo Lough Derg Yacht Club
Lough Derg Sailing Club is 15 mins across the lake by boat and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.photo Killaloe Tourism
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Gallery of photographs