Leaving from Adare of Limerick city at 9 to 9.30 am we head to beautiful Killaloe on the banks of Lough Derg.
Lough Derg has 179 km of indented shoreline, stretching over 40 km from Portumna at its northern tip to Killaloe and Ballina in the south. The lake is 12Km’s wide at its widest point. Lough Derg is an area of great charm, natural beauty and heritage
We stop at the Brian Boru visitor centre and the Brian Borufort .
Brian Boru is the most famous Irishman before the modern era. From fairly modest beginnings he rose to be king of Ireland, dying a fabled death at the Battle of Clontarf on 23 April 1014. He was born about 941, one of the twelve sons In the course of a military career spanning five decades, Brian fought few major battles, his first vital encounter being the battle of BelachLechta (in the Ballyhoura Hills) in 978,
By 982 Brian was beginning to flex his muscles outside Munster, which led to years of warfare between him and the king of Tara
The awesome energy of this man, now in his mid-60s, was demonstrated in 1006, when Brian again mustered an army of all the southern kings and journeyed through the north, but it was another four years before the most powerful king of the north, UaNéill of CenélnEógain, submitted, Brian bringing his hostages back to CennCorad (Kincora), a hill overlooking the Shannon at Killaloe where Brian had his principal residence. Finally, in 1011 Brian’s army forced the one remaining independent power in the land, the king of CenélConaill in Donegal, to become his vassal, reaching the apogee of his power.
Later accounts portray the saintly King Brian, praying in his tent, being brutally assassinated in the hour of victory by the fleeing Viking leader, Bródar
Then onto thbreathtaking lake road to the Scariff followed by lunch.
After lunch we head further up along the lake road to beautiful Mountshannon harbour park.
Mountshannon is located on the shores of Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s biggest lakes, in East Clare. It is a beautiful and scenic village with its foundation in the 18th century and a population made up of many different cultures and nationalities.
The village itself is elevated on a hill overlooking a beautiful harbour with an exceptional vista of the lake. It’s a place with strong links with history and includes some excellent archaeology within short reach. Ring forts, Holy wells, Famine Graves and even a wedge tomb (Known locally as ‘The Dolmen’) can be found close by, but the most impressive historical site has to be InisCealtra or Holy Island – a monastic settlement of great importance in ancient Ireland. The island is just a short boat trip from the village, and is home to a number of churches, graveyards, a holy well and a selection of religious stone carvings
Here you can stroll around the little village harbour and park with maze.
Returning to Adare and Limerick at approx 6 pm.