Lough Derg Way
The Lough Derg Way is a 64km walking route that starts at the Tourist Office behind the Hunt Museum in Limerick City in the west of Ireland and follows the River Shannon and its associated canals northwestwards to the lake port of Dromineer on Lough Derg. Along the way the route passes through the hamlet of Clonlara, the village of O'Briensbridge and the ancient town of Killaloe, which was once home of the famous 11th century High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. Killaloe is a heritage town, and interested walkers will want to linger at St Flannan's Cathedral with its early Christian oratory. Lakeside and waterside sections of the route offer fine views. Terrain consists mainly of canal and riverside paths at the southern end, and mainly country roads at the northern end, some sections of which can be hazardous with fast-moving traffic. Other than at the start in Limerick, there are very limited options for public transport connections along the route. For more information follow link to Shannon Region Trails - Lough Derg Way
Limerick Tourist Information Office, 20 O'Connell Street, Limerick.
At Start - car parks in Limerick City
At End - car park on lake shore in Dromineer
38 kms or 55% of the Way follows local roads. There may be some waymarking issues.
PLEASE NOTE that this trail may currently be closed on the UL Campus due to works being carried out there at present.
Shannon's Lough Derg Way Walking Trail - Shannon Development
At Start: Bus to Limerick Check with with Bus Eireann.
Rail to Limerick Check with Iarnrod Eireann.
At End: None
Noelle from Tipperary
Lyn from Limerick
I had previously seen a report by Tough Soles (9 June 2018) about this section but had been informed that it had been dealt with. That is not the case. If this section cannot be maintained properly the trailhead in Dromineer should be removed and the Way end at Youghal harbour.
Lisa from Dublin
There is also a field about 4 k from Dromineer that has to be traversed as part of the Way. There is no cordoned off area and not only is it covered in cattle dung, but there is direct access for cattle to drink and leave their dung in the lake.
Unnecessarily disappointing- this trail has huge potential but should be closed or properly maintained, the condition is not up to international standards.
Noel from Waterford
Noel from Waterford
All five of us have walked in Spain, Portugal, Isle of Man, Italy and many other places, and we had no difficulty on the Lough Derg Way; we found the terrain and signage acceptable, we never felt at risk from any hazard, and we had many suitable places to stop for a rest or a picnic.
I enjoyed the walk so much, I'm returning tomorrow (late October 2017) with a friend, not least as the experience is a very useful exercise in understanding the geography of the Lower Shannon.
ray from United Kingdom
John Ryan from Kildare
to continue on the trail. This is the trek from Dromineer to Garrykennedy. A disgrace and a huge pity considering what it could be.
Áine Mc Carthy from Tipperary
Thank you for your review of the Lough Derg Way. Maintenance work took place on the walk during the summer but there has obviously been a huge burst of growth in the areas you have highlighted. These areas will be addressed immediately by our team to ensure the linear walk is maintained to the highest standards and contiunes to be an enjoyable experience for walkers who can take in the magnificent views of Lough Derg along the route. We hope you will revisit again in the future.
Áine Mc Carthy
Tourism Officer - Tipperary County Council.
steve from Galway
Even though it's not easy to get linked to these trail details from the home page for some reason I'd read the complimentary comments on the Lough Derg Way from Trish and was looking forward to a rewarding 3 day hike in good weather.
Trish's review, below, is accurate for the first days section to Killaloe although the path works from the uni should be over soon.
Leaving the waters behind as you enter Tipperary there's a long climb to the top of the Arra Mountains on a delightful track with fantastic views over the whole route before descending steeply to farmland and minor roads that lead you back to the lake at Castletown bathing beach.
From there the trail is pleasant and pastoral but tarmac to Garykennedy and a couple of km beyond.
If it's wet at all you'd best take your gaiters for the cross country section next up and once you get past Youghal into The Callows your'll need a slasher or machete to force your way through the overgrown brambles, thistles and nettles till you hit a road again after a long couple of km.
This unmaintained section put me off risking any of the later lake side route around Ryan's Point. A great pity as I have a feeling that could have been a highlight.
Instead I took to the back roads, rejoining the Way a km from the finish.
I'm not sure what we have to do to ensure that trails listed on the website are maintained in a usable condition but a drive to recruit local volunteers may help.
One thing is certain, leading foreign walkers miles from anywhere into an impenetrable obstacle course will not enhance Ireland's reputation as a green destination for hiking.
The full story of my 3 day trek can be read on stevebarhamramblingman.wordpress.com
Gerry from Clare
NOTE FROM SPORT IRELAND OUTDOORS: We have received confirmation that the issue at the farmyard mentioned above is currently being addressed with a temporary re-route expected to be in place by the end of July and a permanent re-route to follow.