Lough Derg Drive
Take the meadering Lough Derg Drive and see the picturesque villages through three different counties. Starting from Killaloe, County Clare and Ballina, County Tipperary, you will travel up the western side of Lough Derg through Ogonnelloe where you will come to the first of several lookout points. Here you can see Inis Cealtra (Holy Island) which is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland. Continuing on to Tuamgraney where the East Clare Heritage Centre is located in St. Cronan's Church, which is probably the oldest church still in use in Ireland. Continue on through Scarriff to Mountshannon where at the Mountshannon Harbour you can take a boat to Inis Cealtra (Holy Island). Continue on through Whitegate to Portumna in County Galway at the top of Lough Derg and stop off at Portumna Castle. Crossing the bridge into County Tipperary North and you will follow through the quaint villages of Terryglass, Ballinderry,and Coolbaun. The narrow winding roads are well worth the drive when you see the old thatched roof houses coming through Puchane. Take a quick side trip into Dromineer and then before entering Nenagh at the roundabout follow in the direction of Portroe. Another side trip to Garrykennedy is well worth the visit and then outside of Portroe is a majestic lookout point where all of upper Lough Derg can be seen. Follow the road back into Ballina/Killaloe to finish your journey.