Visit the Lakeshore and historic sites at Dromineer and Kilbarron in County Tipperary

This self-guided route covers some of the best scenery at the northern end of Lough Derg, but is a shorter distance than the 'Hard' route to Terryglass.  Take the quiet backroads from Nenagh to Kilbarron and back, via historic sites, the lake shore and pretty villages.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 1 - Dromineer Kilbarron"

Distance - 45km (28 miles)

Cycling Time - 3 hours (approximately)

Ride Type - does not involve any major climbs, suitable for those reasonably fit and accustomed to cycling.

About the Loop

Pit Stops

First Stop - Nenagh

The tour starts at the Tourist Office in Nenagh, which is a historic market town, founded back in the 12th Century.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 1 - Dromineer Kilbarron"

Knigh Cross

From Nenagh, you will proceed via backroads through farmland to Knigh Cross. This is a crossroads on the Nenagh to Puckaun Road, and is a very historic site.

To your left you will see the tower from a 12th Century castle, built by the O'Kennedy family. To your right, you will see a ruined Church. The tower is on private land so can only be viewed from the road, but you may wander round the church if you wish.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 1 - Dromineer Kilbarron"

Old Kilbarron

From Knigh Cross, you will follow quiet country roads into Kilbarron village then on to Coolbawn before we head downhill for our first visit to the Lake shore.

As you head downhill, you will pass the ruins of the 12th century Kilbarron Abbey. You can wander around the Abbey, which was built on the site of a much older abbey, built by St Barron, who it is believed may have visited North America even before St Brendan, in the 6th Century.

Continuing along the road, you will next come to Kilbarron Quay, where there are a number of great spots for pausing and admiring the lake views. At the parking area you can even go for a swim if you are brave enough!

Finally on this stretch, you will head through gorgeous woodland and emerge at Luska, where we turn left.

If you look up to your left, you will see the 16th Century Annagh Castle. This is on private land so can only be viewed from the road, but perhaps this is just as well, as it is said to be guarded by the ghost of a former owner who doesn't want anyone taking his buried treasure!

Garmin Route - "Moderate 1 - Dromineer Kilbarron"

Puckaun

After another 5km, you will arrive in Puckaun. This is a picturesque unspoilt village, featuring many thatched cottages.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 1 - Dromineer Kilbarron"

Dromineer

From Puckaun, it is another 5km to the shoreside village of Dromineer.

Dromineer is dominated by the harbour, which is a key stopping spot for pleasure cruisers.

It is also home to the Lough Derg Yacht club, which was founded in 1835, making it one of the oldest in the world. The Club also houses the RNLI base for Lough Derg.

Also on the Lake shore is the 13th Century Dromineer castle and grain store which dates back to the times when the Shannon was a key trading route.

Away from the shore is the ruin of a church which dates back possibly as far as the 9th century, and certainly back to the 11th century.

At Dromineer, you can enjoy a coffee at Lough Derg House, or go for a meal at the Whisky Still pub.

You will return to Nenagh via scenic back roads.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 1 - Dromineer Kilbarron"