Circular walks at Garrykennedy, and Terryglass.
A review of the maps will identify a number of circular walks, mostly on-road, starting
at these harbours. The starting points are:
Thanks to Brian Goggin for suggesting the Garrykennedy and Terryglass possibilities and to Jim Murray for progressing the interest in walks at Garrykennedy.
- Garrykennedy Map 59 R767839.
Opportunities for circular walks from the Quay, of which there are many, include walking on-road sections of The Lough Derg Way.
Those interested in walking to the top of the highest hill in the area may like to follow the Lough Derg Way west from the Quay as far as Tountinna (457m) (R736774). From Tountinna retrace one's steps the short distance downhill to the junction almost 200 metres below at R735780. Turn right and return to the quay via Portroe (R769815). This is a walk of about 18km/6 hours.
It may be possible to incorporate some of the paths through the woods at Parker Point into a circular walk. That possiblity is on the 'to be researched' list.
- Terryglass Map 53 M862010.
These walks are on the 'to be researched' list. Comments on these suggestions
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Brian Boru Oak
7 km; 1.75 hrs; Start: Map 58 R644834.
On roads and forest paths.
This walk existed in 1992. At that time it was a delightful woodland walk. The walk commenced at Tuamgraney Quay. We walked to the village, turned left at the main road and continued a short distance along the road to a Heritage Center. The route started
close to the Heritage Center on the opposite side of the road. My notes indicate
that the location of the Oak is about R660830.
One Sunday afternoon in September 2000 we visited Tuamgraney with the intention of walking to the Oak following the largely circular route we walked in 1992. We had a most disappointing experience. Management of the woodland had changed and it had become a walk for pioneers and frontiersmen. We encountered forest roads that were difficult to walk on. Old woodland paths marked on a 1992 map of the walk were difficult to find. A lodge by one of the forest tracks had fallen into a state of disrepair. Unfortunately the Heritage Center was closed so we do not know of any plans to restore the woodland to its former state.
Please send comments on developments in the woodland to firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Admiralty
- Chart 5080. 1843. Lough Derg.
CAUTION: This chart has not been corrected since first date of
publication and should be used with caution.
Ordnance Survey of Ireland, Discovery Series 1:50,000
- Map 53, Shannon Harbour to Illaunmore on Lough Derg
- Map 58, South-west Lough Derg from Mountshannon to Killaloe
and south to Ardnacrusha and Parteen
- Map 59, Central Lough Derg including Williamstown,
Dromineer, and Garrykennedy
The need for three OS maps contrasts with the excellent situation
on the Erne where each of the lakes is covered by a single 1:25000
series map i.e., a total of two maps covers two large lakes. The maps
of Lough Erne provide significantly more detail including submarine
contours and navigation details. Hopefully a map of similar quality
covering Lough Derg will be published shortly.