From the Killaloe Hotel you can see the waters of Lough Derg, Ireland’s second largest lake, narrowing to become the river Shannon, as it heads toward the Atlantic at Limerick. In addition there are countless lakes, rivers and streams to be explored. So whether you simply want a peaceful walk by a babbling brook, or full scale water sports – it’s all within reach.
• The University of Limerick Sports Adventure Centre
Right on our doorstep, you’ll find a whole range of water sports and activities, courtesey of UL Sports, which is open to the general public all year round.
We offer special family and kids packages in conjunction with UL Sports & The Killaloe. Activites are:
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- High Ropes
• My Next Adventure
Mike Jones offers guided kayak trips on the river and lake around his hometown of Killaloe. His routes are steeped in history, from Brian Boru’s famous crossing at Kincora, to the Guinness Barges that used to bring ‘The Black Stuff’ down the waterways, to the historic Ardnacrusha Dam just down river. There’s plenty of wildlife to experience too – Otters, Eagles, leaping trout, Dragonfly, Mayfly and more.
• Killaloe River Cruises
The Spirit of Killaloe is an hour long cruise from Killaloe, out into Lough Derg. It departs from the quayside, just over the bridge. A fantastic way to get a perspective on where you are and to get an idea of how big the lake is. We also provide bespoke cruises for our customers, from the Marina at the Killaloe Hotel.
Killaloe River Cruises
- A good place for a swim in the lake is Ballcuggeran beach at Twomilegate, just outside town. We're proud to say this beach has a blue flag which means it meets safety standards. During the summer months, there's a lifeguard on duty there.
- There’s a public heated swimming pool at riverside park on the Ballina side of the river.
- During the summer you will probably see kids jumping in off the bridge. This is dangerous as there are strong currents here, so we strongly advise you not to join in!
Lough Derg and The River Shannon provide excellent fishing opportunities, both fly fishing and coarse fishing, with trout, pike, bream, perch and many other species waiting to bite. In particular, the area is known for ‘Dapping’ when the Mayfly are rising.
- Boats, fully equipped with tackle and advice from those-in-the-know, are available to hire at the Canal in Killaloe.
The wild Atlantic Ocean is on the other side of the county from Killaloe but it’s close enough for a day trip. Your best spot for surfing is the village of Lahinch. Talk to us if you are thinking of heading that way. We can give you some tips on what else you can see while you’re there – The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and more.