Winter Activities in Lough Derg Lakelands
Don’t let the winter weather deter your from enjoying the Lough Derg Lakelands.
- Irish Seed Savers: The Association was founded in 1991, their mission is to “protect, conserve and utilize Irish plant genetic resources including rare heritage seeds, grains vegetables and fruit.” Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, they have an 8 hectare site with seed gardens, orchards and woodlands. It’s a great place to visit during the winter months, not only can you see a variety of seeds they are drying but you can also get ideas to plan your garden for the new season. Seeds, flowers and trees are for sale at their shop. www.irishseedsavers.ie
- Walking: The winter months are great for walking around Lough Derg. Great spots included Millennium Cross, outside Portroe, Co. Tipperary or Portumna Forest, in Galway among others. There are many spots to take in the lake during the winter months– a walk across the bridge in Killaloe/Ballina, Dromineer , Garykennedy and Terryglass also offer beautiful lake side walks.
- Out for a Meal: The weather is not always conducive to be outside and on those rainy chilly days it’s the perfect time to head out for a meal in one of the numerous eating establishments around the lake. There is a varied choice for meals including reliable pub food, European French, Italian, fine dining, pizzerias, take away and much more. Of course there are many cafes around the lake as well to meet up with friends for tea and a scone as well.
- Nenagh Heritage Centre: The heritage centre was built in 1840/42 and was originally the Governor’s House to the Gaol complex. It now houses an exhibition area along with a genealogy centre. Open 10-4 Monday to Friday.
- Watching Wildlife: Lough Derg is proud to be home to white tailed eagles which live in Mountshannon, Co. Clare. Of course, throughout the region we have a wide variety of animals including Red Squirrels, Fallow Deer, Cormorants, Great-crested Grebe’s and many other birds and fish.
- Horseback Riding: While there are several equestrian centres’ that have indoor rings, it is a pretty spectacular time of year to get outside. The winter light and landscape offers a new view of the region and one can always warm up at a pub after riding.
- Angling and Fishing: Ireland offers some of the best pike fishing in Europe and Lough Derg is the perfect spot during the winter months. There are several local companies that can accommodate your fishing and boating needs including accommodation.
- Photography: The Lake provides the perfect backdrop for amateur and professional photographers all year round. In the winter months with foliage gone from the trees – frosty misty mornings, exposed land and winter light you’d be hard pushed not to capture something beautiful.
- Winter Getaway: Once all the holiday buzz is over, why not getaway to the region for a mid-week or weekend break? There are several hotels on or near the lake but also a wide choice of Bed and Breakfasts and self-catering accommodations. Whether you are looking for a pamper weekend or an outdoor experience, there is plenty to choose from.
- Driving: The route around the lake is easy to navigate – you can amble along the back roads and stop for tea or lunch along your route. There are local sights along the drive, pop into shops and visit the local artisans and food producers.