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Lough Derg Drive, Co Clare

This is one of Ireland's less travelled routes, a 95-mile circuit around the largest lake of the River Shannon. The drive passes an assortment of charming marina villages and scenic delights along the way. Travel through twin towns Ballina and Killaloe at the southern tip of the lake, on to Scarriff Bay, then to Mountshannon, one of the busiest yachting centres on Lough Derg. Stop by at Portumna at the very north of the lake to see the palatial 17th Century castle that overlooks the lake.

From there, head to the lovely village of Terryglass, and then south towards the fishing and boating centre of Dromineer. On the way to Nenagh, visit the castle remains that date back to 1217 and the demolished county gaol. From Nenagh, head west to Portroe for the best viewing points of the Lough Derg. Enjoy the final leg of the journey on the gentle road back to Ballina.

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