River Shannon & Lough Derg
Starting out from Banagher, explore the shops and restaurants which are less than a 5 minute walk from the marina, stock up with your provisions before boarding your cruiser by shopping at the local big supermarket or. Have a pint of the local beer, Bo Bristle, and if you are spending the night sample the fine cuisine in Flynn’s Bar & Restaurant or The Brosna Lodge or if you want fish & chips call to the Van House for some tasty dishes just at the marina. Enjoy the Irish session and craic in Hough’s pub which is definitely worth a visit and if you are still hungry after all those beers get the best bag of chips in Angelo’s takeaway. If you are after some activity, take time out and shoot some clay pigeons in the local shooting ground at Esker.
Cruise southwards to Portumna where it is here you will meet the picturesque lake of Lough Derg. On this wonderful journey you will pass the largest lock on the River Shannon , Victoria Lock, which is about 40 minutes from Banagher , but don’t worry the friendly lock keeper , Stephen will give you a helping hand. The bridge at Portumna is a lifting bridge and must be opened for all our craft , once you navigate through the bridge at the set opening times it will be the idyllic Lough Derg that will bid you welcome. Just at the beginning of the lake is the small harbour of Portumna which is Castle harbour and is located in close proximity to the town of Portumna. Plenty of pubs, arts and crafts shops and restaurants to keep you busy. For the adrenaline junky, paint balling and Go-Karting are located a few miles outside the town with Pallas Karting.
Cruise across the lake to the quaint village of Terryglass, Paddy’s and the The Derg Inn offers great food, entertainment and hospitality. If you fancy some wakeboarding or waterskiing, get in contact with Mark from Watermark ski club and he will get you up on the water in no time. Terryglass hosts a festival every August which is full of entertainment and action but the harbour get’s very busy so get there early.
Cruising further down south stream and staying on the Tipperary side, it will be Dromineer that is your next port of call, whether you decide to stay for lunch or have dinner at the Whiskey still all are within easy reach from the harbour. Make sure and call to Declan at Lough Derg House and the Lake Cafe and he will serve you a hearty breakfast or a tasty lunch and will give you some great tips. If you fancy some sailing call to Shannon sailing for some advice
Hop back on board and cruise to Garrykennedy, this small village offers food and entertainment in Larkin’s pub, famous for its Traditional Irish music session. It will be here that you begin your return journey back to Banagher perhaps a little tired after much action with your mates but lots of memorable stories.