The 3 Counties Shannon Tour

Ballina

This tour starts from the Killaloe Hotel and Spa and takes you along the Shannon to view some of the highlights of the river banks.

Highlights

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Ballina-Killaloe

The tour starts and ends in Killaloe. Here, as well as across the river in Ballina, there are many shops and cafes, as well as historic sites and beautiful river views.

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Birdhill

Birdhill is a great spot to pause for a bite to eat or a coffee, featuring the Old Barracks and Matt the Thresher.

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Parteen Weir

Parteen Weir splits the Shannon in two, and was a major engineering achievement in the early years of the Irish Free State. It is a fascinating spot to pull up the bikes and gaze up and down river.

More Information - The 3 Counties Shannon Tour

This tour takes you on a circuit of the areas around the River Shannon to the south of Lough Derg, through counties Tipperary, Limerick and Clare.

The tour starts in Killaloe, and is suited to cyclists of all abilities. The tour crosses the river into Ballina, then heads away from the Shannon through the lower eaches of the Arra Range to the well-kept village of Birdhill, where you can pause for refreshments.

Next we will head back to the Shannon at O'Brien's Bridge. Here we cross over the river and visit Parteen Weir, which splits the Shannon in two, and was a very significant engineering project in the early years of the Irish Free State. After Parteen, we move into County Clare, and take quiet back roads up to historic Killaloe, where the tour ends.

The map below shows the 3 Counties Shannon Tour.