Boats tied up at Killaloe

Killaloe is a Shannonside village located on the eastern Border of County Clare on the southern tip of Lough Derg on the Clare-Tipperary border 18 miles North West of Limerick City. It is the busiest fishing and boating centre in the Midwest region. The linked towns of Killaloe and Ballina offer history, a beautiful riverside setting and access to the Shannon waterway. A 13-arched stone bridge, separates the towns with Killaloe on the Clare side and Ballina on the Tipperary side.

Killaloe is starting point of what is known today as the "Shannon Cruise". From here it is possible to navigate all the way to Lough Key in Sligo, in the summer Killaloe is packed with mooring barges and holidaymakers making this popular trip.

Killaloe, is a network of charming narrow streets, flanked by old shops and houses, that climb up the steep hillside and look down over the 13th century cathedral. Slightly to the north of Killaloe , a new marina caters for the hundreds of leisure craft that make Killaloe one of the best centres for water activities. Watersports are the key to the popularity of Killaloe. You can hire boats of all kinds from rowing boats to cabin cruisers. Short (one-hour or so ) tours of the River Shannon and Lough Derg are available from the Ballina side aboard the 50-seater passenger boat Spirit of Killaloe.

Killaloe has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from hotels and bed & breakfasts to hostels and self catering accommodation. Killaloe has a nice variety of pubs which are well worth a visit on a warm summers evening or a cold winters one!.



Lough Derg

The Shannonside Activity centre at Mountshannon also offers sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, pony-trekking, hill-walking and biking facilities. Water-skiing is also immensely popular here.

Killaloe was the birthplace of Ireland's famous High King, Brian Boru and he ruled the Kingdom of Ireland from here. There is a festival in his honor every year at the end of June. Killaloe is one of the principal crossings on the River Shannon, making it a strategic spot for defence and trading, as a result the area is rich in history and archaeology. Walking down the charming streets you are struck by the wealth of historic buildings and remains of ancient monuments.

The picturesque eighteenth century style harbour village of Mountshannon lies just to the north of Killaloe on the Shannon. The small stone harbour during the summer always active with fishing boats making trips to Holy Island. This trip is a step back in time, there are numerous remains of monastic settlements, four old chapels, and a 27m round tower.