Portumna in 24 Hours

Introduce yourself to Portumna, by exploring this vibrant market town on land and on water. Situated in the south-east of County Galway, on the border with and linked by a bridge to County Tipperary. The town is located to the west of the River Shannon and to the north of Lough Derg. ​

Visit to Portumna Castle and Irish Workhouse Centre: Occupying a magnificent location on the shores of Lough Derg on the River Shannon, it was gutted by fire in 1826, the Castle is still an imposing example of Irish architecture of the early 17th Century. Built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, the castle became the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years. The building marks the transition from the medieval Tower House to the Renaissance style manor house with complimentary influences from both periods. 

Cycle through Portumna Forest Park:  Enjoy a family walk in this forest friendly trail in Portumna Forest park.The Forest Friendly Walking Trail is on wide and smooth forest road and timber boardwalk. It winds gently through trees to a viewing platform close to the shore and on to the duck pond before returning to the car park. The viewing platform looks out across Lough Derg and its islands and southwards towards Terryglass while to the right the main expanse of the lake can be seen.

Lunch in Paddy's Bar & Restaurant:  Paddys Bar & Restaurant is the true home of a traditional Irish welcome with great food and drink served for nearly 200 years. Part of its charm is the unique mix of local characters whose families have been customers of the pub for centuries and visitors. Savour the locally produced home-cooked food. If your idea of a good night out is velvet pints, open fires and fiddlers raising the roof then Paddy's Bar in Terryglass is the pub for you.

Cruise with Shannon Cruising from Terryglass to Portumna: Is your belly full?  Now its time to literally float home.  Its time to meet Joe and Avril O’Keeffe from Shannon Cruising at Terryglass Harbour.  The O’Keeffe family has been involved in the hotel business since 1880 when Joe’s Great Grandmother founded Casey’s hotel in Glengarriff.  Joe is a former All Ireland Minor footballer with a keen interest both personally and professionally in fishing, shooting and equestrian.  Take the short journey across the lake towards Portuman where you will lay your head down for the night. 

Rest your head under the stars at Podumna Village: Set in Heart of Portumna Town, Co. Galway. Podumna offers visitors a very rare and unique experience, all the fun and feel of a woodland setting with the added convenience of a Town central location. If you haven’t experienced it yet, ‘Glamping’ is a great way to go camping. You stay in Pods, Huts or Cabins, not tents. So there’s no canvas. There are no poles or tent pegs, no damp or draughts. Just all the fun of camping, without the hardship. 

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