The Twin Towns of Killaloe & Ballina

Like siblings, Killaloe/Ballina are two (twinned) towns on the banks of the River Shannon separated by the 13 arch, 18th century bridge.  Known as the birthplace of Brian Boru, the high King of Ireland, these towns are among the most picturesque towns in Ireland....

​Start your day on the Lough Derg Blueway, join Kevin from Soulkite for a Stand Up Paddleboarding session.  Originated in Hawaii, SUP boarding is a variation of surfing that uses large, very buoyant boards and long light-weight paddles. Stand on your board and use the paddle to propel yourself across the waters of the River Shannon. 

You are not done on the water just yet, once you're done with Kevin it is time to step aboard the Spirit of Killaloe and set sail on Lough Derg. Relax and unwind as you take in the magnificent scenery, wildlife, heritage, legend and folklore along the River Shannon. From the Killaloe Canal you will cruise the waters which were once used by Brian Boru himself. 

(Credit: Niall Collins Photography)

You have now truly experienced the twin towns of Killaloe / Ballina on the water, you must of worked up an appetite, are you hungry? Let's head to Flanagan's on the Lake for a bite to eat.  Flanagan’s is situated on the beautiful shores of Lough Derg, here you can enjoy a shoreline meal or a cold pint of Guinness. 

Did you enjoy your food? Now it's time to work off the grub and head for a trek up Ballycuggeran Woods.  The Ballycuggaran Loop Walk is overlooking Lough Derg, the Annacarriga valley and the hills that stretch from Caherhurley to Ogonnelloe.

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