Discover Killaloe and Ballina
The twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina span
the River Shannon at the southern point of Lough Derg. With a
vast array of activities on land and water, historic sites and
a bustling nightlife, Killaloe has long been Ireland's secret
vacation destination delighting all the family.
Killaloe, on the Clare
side of the river, is made up of charming narrow streets, flanked
by old shops along the steep hill looking down over the 13th century
cathedral. The town was home to Brian Boru, the High King who
united Ireland against the Vikings, so this picture perfect town
with its Victorian streets and old canal banks was once capital
of all Ireland.
Ballina on the Tipperary
side, offers a newly rejuvenated tree lined Park along the riverbank
on what was once a railway line, with plentiful moorings and Derg
Marina catering for the leisure craft that make Killaloe/Ballina
one of the best centres for water activity breaks in Ireland.
You will find first-class pubs and eateries along the main street
and old quayside.
Accommodation is plentiful
on both sides of the bridge, as well as the scores of excellent
privately run Guest Houses available, Ballina is home to the Lakeside
Hotel & Leisure Centre while Killaloe boasts Kincora Hall
Welcome to Killaloe (Welcome
Boru Heritage Centre
Tourist Information Office)
The Brian Boru exhibition traces the life
story of Irelands greatest King; whose army defeated the invading
Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf. The Exhibition also traces
the history of the arrival of Christianity and the monastic tradition,
as well as the development of the Shannon River as a transport
system. Featuring an audio-visual presentation of the route the
canal boat took while making deliveries from Dublin to Limerick.
The touch screen facility provides a range of extensive information
on the area and the friendly staff have an in-depth knowledge
of things to see and do in the area.
The Heritage Centre
is located on the bridge in what was the lock keepers residence.
Tel: 00 353 (0) 61 376866
Open: May – October