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Capital of Ireland between 1002 and 1014, when High King Brian Boru reigned from Kincora Castle, Killaloe is now the capital of Lough Derg, Ireland's so-called Pleasure Lake. A boating and fishing hub for the counties of Clare, Limerick, and Tipperary, Killaloe is in a beautiful area with a rich heritage.
Explore the River Shannon and Lough Derg with Killaloe River Cruises , which offer daily one-hour tours with an accompanying commentary on sites of interest along the way. You will discover the history of the Killaloe Canal, the Shannon Scheme of 1929, and the legendary exploits of High King Brian Boru as you take in the magnificent scenery. Boats depart from the quay on Lakeside Drive, Ballina Killaloe.
If you hanker after a little pampering, Luxury Yachting Ireland offers you Ireland’s only skippered luxury motor yacht. Discover the hidden treasures of lower Lough Derg, from lake-shore walks and gardens, private tours of castles and manor homes, beer, whiskey and artisan food tastings, as well as a delicious lunch made from the finest locally sourced ingredients.
Killaloe is an established pike and coarse angling centre with every service the fishing enthusiast needs. The southern end of Lough Derg offers many hidden waters, remote shores and island swims where adventurous anglers can expect superb bream fishing. The open shores are very rocky and should be avoided during adverse weather conditions, however.
Brian Boru Heritage Centre traces the history of Killaloe from the 10th century to the present day,including its strong links with the last High King of Ireland, Brian Boru (940-1014), who was born, lived and reigned in Killaloe. The Heritage Centre is located on the bridge in Killaloe in what was once the lock keeper's residence.
Held in July, Féile Brian Boru celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Boru, the most famous son of the historic twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina.The event has been running since 1993, but has recently seen a substantial expansion centred on the 2014 millennial celebrations of Brian Ború’s final stand at Clontarf. A busy schedule of cultural, historical, musical and sporting events accompany the festival.
This Gothic cathedral on the grounds of a Romanesque predecessor built in the 1180s by Donal O'Brien incorporates an imposing doorway from the original cathedral. Another attraction is a small stone with inscriptions in runes and ogham dating from about 1000 A.D. The tower of the current structure features turrets and battlements from the 1790s, and the belfry dates from the 1890s. The cathedral switched from Catholic to Protestant control during the 16th-century Reformation.
The last major community bash before winter, the Killaloe Festival of Light happens on the darkest night of the year (the new moon usually around October/ November), an occasion of great significance in the traditional cultures of Ireland, Poland, Mexico, India, and other countries. It celebrates the end of harvest and new beginnings, and is also a day to remember the dead. The festival incorporates music, art, dance, food, storytelling, and - most importantly - light.
With its backdrop of the Slieve Bernagh hills to the west and the Arra Hills to the east, a shore line of curving bays, and myriad small islands, Lough Derg offers many delightful panoramas for the sightseer. The best views are from Ogonnelloe (9 km from Killaloe on the western shore) and the Look Out (a designated viewing point with car parking facilities, also 9 km from Ballina-Killaloe on the road to Portroe).
The present, 13-arch stone bridge connecting Killaloe and Ballina dates from the early 18th century. The arch over the canal was added in the late eighteenth century and the railway arch was constructed in the 1860s at the height of the Railway Age. The seven central arches were destroyed by floods in 1822 and replaced with five larger ones in 1825. You will find a small monument at the centre of the bridge commemorating four men from East Clare who were shot on the bridge in 1920 during the War of Independence.
Come to Killaloe on Sunday between 11am and 3pm for the best local produce. A farmers' market of locally sourced food, crafts and assorted goods sets up on the land bank between the river and the canal, known locally as Between-the-Waters. This farmers' market is one of the best and most active such markets in Clare. It started in 2004 as part of the Brian Boru Festival and has since developed into one of the area's most popular weekly attractions.
17.4km from Killaloe
Located in the East Clare village of Mountshannon, these luxury three-bedroom properties nestle on the shores of Lough Derg. They are within walking distance of the marina and offer everything you’ll need for that special holiday. Features include an en-suite bathroom, a separate family bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, and an open-plan living and dining area.
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12.8km from Killaloe
Discover the perfect vacation retreat for an active or relaxing holiday in County Clare in the west of Ireland. This Scariff holiday home offers quality accommodation near the picturesque town of Scariff and Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s largest lakes.
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Enjoy great value accommodation in Scariff, County Clare. These cottages are perfect for a family holiday in the countryside, a romantic break, or simply if you just want to escape to a world of peace and tranquillity.
9.1km from Killaloe
Stay at a stylish approved Killaloe holiday home within easy walking distance of the town on the shores of Lough Derg in County Clare. Each holiday cottage is beautifully furnished inside and out. Two double beds and two single beds provide the capacity to sleep six people comfortably. One of the guest rooms has ensuite facilities, and there is also a shower room.
17.9km from Killaloe
Escape to a cosy hideaway for two, nestled snugly in the garden of a private residence near Portroe, 10km from Nenagh in County Tipperary. The property can be enjoyed by anyone seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living and experience a haven of peace and relaxation.
The cottage has one double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, fully fitted kitchen, and cosy living area.
10.1km from Killaloe
This beautiful development of holiday homes is located on the grounds of a 4-star hotel in Castleconnell, County Limerick. The village of Castleconnell is just 10km north of Limerick city, bordering Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary. You have a wide choice of pubs, shops, and restaurants, and you can also enjoy some peaceful walks along the River Shannon from Castleconnell village. Castleconnell is on the main railway network, allowing you to take a break from driving.
11.6km from Killaloe
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