Puckaun is the nearest village, filled with classic thatched cottages, a small village shop and Kennedy’s Pub which regularly hosts traditional Irish music.
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.
photo Derg Yacht Club
Dromineer village just a couple of minutes away is the home of Lough Derg Sailing Club and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.
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.
You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.
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.