Killaloe and Ballina sit at a point where the Lough Derg Blue Way South narrows into the River Shannon. It's a place of incredible beauty, where just crossing a bridge feels like a cinematic event.
Surrounded by rolling hills and mountains, the towns fizz with energy thanks to great local pubs and restaurants, artisan bakeries, buzzy little galleries and narrow streets and alleys, all against a backdrop of a history that sweeps back to the 6th century.
Days drift gently into night here. You can stroll lakeside paths, paddleboard down a glassy canal, lounge around in bookish cafés or enjoy a dose of history with a heritage walk.
And when darkness falls, there’s an abundance of cosy pubs and inviting restaurants ready to welcome you.