Enjoy the Lough Derg shore via Castlelough and Garrykennedy, taking in the Arra mountain range, fantastic lake views, castles and historic churches

This self-guided route takes in the Lough shore at Castlelough and Garrykennedy, heading up into the Arra mountain range, along with fantastic lake views.  There are also castles and historic churches to view along the way.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 2 - Garrykennedy"

Distance - 42km (26 miles)

Cycling Time - 2 Hours (approximately)

Ride Type - Avoids major climbs, but no problem for the moderately fit while using one of our great eBikes!

About the Loop

Pit Stops

First Stop - Nenagh

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

Using the Garmin GPS device the route will take you via quiet back roads through the North Tipperary countryside, passing through picturesque villages such as Ballycommon and Newtown.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 2 - Garrykennedy"


Relax and enjoy the views before arriving in Garrykennedy via a series of back roads.

Please note that there is a short stretch on the R494 at Newtown, which should be treated with caution!

Garrykennedy is a beautiful harbour village, which includes the 15th century castle built by the O'Kennedy family.

Here, you can get a coffee from the street vendor, or if you prefer, a spot of lunch at Larkin's pub.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 2 - Garrykennedy"


After leaving Garrykennedy, you will be guided along forest roads (through the Castlelough forest) and onto the small townland of Castlelough.

Here, there is a recreation area which includes a lake beach and a short forest walk.

If you wish, you can lock up your bikes by the play area and go for a walk down to the Lough shore along the woodland path. It's well worth the diversion!

Shortly afterwards, as you to head up towards the Arra mountain range, there is a ruined church, and if you look across the road from the church you will see a fantastic castle which appears as if it is in someone's back garden!

Garmin Route - "Moderate 2 - Garrykennedy"

The Lookout

As you are guided to continue uphill from Castlelough you will meet the main Nenagh to Ballina Road. The route take you a short distance along this road, to 'The Lookout'.

There is a parking area which offers some of the finest views over Lough Derg. From here we can see Counties Tipperary, Clare and Galway.

From the Lookout you will then proceed into the foothills of the fantastic Arra mountain range, then descend via quiet backroads to Portroe village, and back to the Nenagh Tourist Office via further scenic back roads.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 2 - Garrykennedy"