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Dromineer, Tipperary, Ireland

Slí Eala Riverbank Walk

A tranquil nature walk along the Nenagh River through an area of true natural beauty and rolling Tipperary countryside

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
 
Overview: Slí Eala (the Way of the Swan) is a 10km linear route which follows the banks of the Nenagh River from the historic lakeside village of Dromineer to Scotts Bridge, just 2.5km from the centre of Nenagh. This relaxing nature walk passes through an area of natural, rural beauty and rolling countryside. The route is abundant with all manner of Irish river wildlife, including the Mute Swan, Ireland’s largest indigenous bird, which gives the walk its name. Note that your journey will take you through working farms, so you may pass grazing cattle, sheep or horses. Always follow the ‘Farmland Code’.

The walk is a designated National Linear Walk and is marked with green arrows.


Tips: As it is a linear route, there are two trailheads. The first is located in the centre of Dromineer village. The other start/finish point is located at Scotts Bridge just 2.5km from Nenagh along the N52 Nenagh-Borrisokane road. The access point is just before the junction of the N52 and R493 road to Puckaun and Terryglass.

Trailheads: Dromineer and Nenagh (Scotts) Bridge
Services: Dromineer, Ballycommon, Nenagh
Distance: 10km
Time: 2 – 2hr 30mins
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Road, riverbank, open countryside
To Suit: Average Fitness, Casual Walkers
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs. Rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone.

Note that as this is a linear point-to-point walk, this may require a car pick up to be organised at the finish point.

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Dromineer

Dromineer, the trailhead for Slí Eala, is one of the oldest villages located on the Lough. Once known as the 'Port of Ormond', Dromineer offers a range of visitor facilities and services including accommodation, a pub and places to eat. Dromineer’s beach facilities can cater for swimmers, while windsurfers, sailors and those who like to cruise can avail of the modern and safe harbour facilities. The attractive harbour area is overlooked by the ruins of an 11th Century tower house with Cantwell and O'Kennedy connections. Dromineer is also home to the Lough Derg Yacht Club which is the third oldest sailing club in the world, founded in 1837. Dromineer is also the trailhead for the Lough Derg Way,
a 65km route which traverses along the shores of Lough Derg and the River Shannon all the way to Limerick City, revealing all of the magnificent scenery that the area has to offer. Information on all walks in the area is available at Lough Derg House where guiding services are also offered.

Starting at Dromineer, take the road south passing the Whiskey Still pub. Caution is advised on the first section which follows local and regional roads for 3.5km as far as Annaghbeg Bridge. These roads may be quite busy with traffic, particularly in the summer. After 750m turn left at the water pump and left again at the intersection of the Dromineer-Nenagh Road. The house at the intersection here was formerly a soup kitchen during famine times. Continue along the road until you reach the access point for the river bank at Annaghbeg Bridge.
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Annaghbeg Bridge

You now leave the road through the swing gate and enter the riverbank section of the walk. Follow the green arrows. Wildlife is abundant along this stretch particularly for water fowl species, including the swan, kingfisher and heron. The river is also an important habitat for insects and amphibians. Native Irish mammals such as bats, voles, foxes and badgers also inhabit the area.
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Ballyartella

The mill race and the ruins of Ballyartella Mill are designated national monuments. Ballyartella Bridge is a fine example of a surviving medieval 5-arch stone bridge, the present structure dating from around 1720. The area at Ballyartella Bridge provides a picnic area overlooking the weir and there is a visitor centre and shop at the nearby Hanly Woolen Mills. Refreshments and services are also available a short distance away in Ballycommon (approx. 1km).

Cross the road at Ballyartella, and pass through the gap beside the ruins of a 16th century tower house to continue along the Slí Eala route.
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Clarianna Bridge

The final 4km to Scotts Bridge is a peaceful riverside walk which emerges only briefly onto the road at Clarianna Bridge. The Nenagh River, which rises in the Silvermines Mountains, holds excellent stocks of brown trout so walkers may pass anglers on this section, but it should be noted that fishing rights belong to a local club.
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Nenagh (Scotts) Bridge

Note that the walk emerges on a busy national road at Scotts Bridge, and hence walking into Nenagh from this point would not be recommended.

Nenagh (pop. approximately 8,000) is very accessible, being just off the main M7 motorway linking Dublin and Limerick. It offers a wide choice of accommodation, eating places and other services for the visitor. With its central location within easy reach of many pleasant villages on the shores of Lough Derg and the lake itself, Nenagh is an ideal base for touring and exploring the region.
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