Killaloe Holy Island
Former International Rugby player Keith Wood, who was capped 58 times for Ireland and also capped for the British and Irish Lions, has chosen a scenic route near his home town in County Clare for his walk. Estimated time: This is a hike and a boating trip. However there are many trails along the way which can be hiked.
Starting at Mountshannon, Keith journeys down the western side of Lough Derg which is one of Ireland’s largest lakes. It is 40Km in length from Portumna in Co. Galway to Killaloe in Co. Clare. It would have been a thriving highway for ships and cargo boats but now its towns, which fringe the lake, are boating and fishing destinations. First off, on his way, Keith visits Holy Island by boat with local historian, Ger Madden. Holy Island’s undisturbed location is a favourite spot to see rare birds and explore the many historical and well preserved sites, towers and churches on the Island. Back on the mainland, Keith then kayaks on Lough Derg to the River Scariff which connects Lough Derg to Coolgraney.
Moderate, the route is marked with red arrows.
Mount Shannon to Killaloe to 25km
Allow one day for the trek or ½ day to a full day to break it up.
Total height climbed
Trail, road, water (river Shannon), forest path.
Where to Start
Parking in Killaloe by the river.
Families with older children, walkers and groups . A reasonable level of fitness would be needed for the whole day. Everyone can do part of the trail depending on length and activity chosen.
This is a hike and a boating trip. However there are many trails along the way which can be hiked.